A set of moral principles theory or system of moral values.  The principles of conduct governing an individual or group.  A set of moral issues or aspect (such as rightness).

“Cyber ethics” refers to the code of responsible behavior on the Internet. Just as we are taught to act responsibly in everyday life with lessons such as “Don’t take what doesn’t belong to you” and “Do not harm others,” we must act responsibly in the cyber world as well.

The basic rule is “Do not do something in cyberspace that you would consider wrong or illegal in everyday life.”

Considerations When Determining Responsible Behavior
  • Do not use rude or offensive language.
  • Do not cyberbully.
  • Do not plagiarize.
  • Do not break into someone else’s computer.
  • Do not use someone else’s password.
  • Do not attempt to infect or in any way try to make someone else’s computer unusable.
  • Adhere to copyright restrictions when downloading material from the Internet, including software, games, movies, or music.

Importance of computer ethics

  • Why do we really need to concern about computer ethics ? 
  • To protect personal & commercial information such as login & password info, credit card and account information and government and commercial databases.  It also controls unwanted internet mail and ads (Spam).
  • To control plagiarism, student identity fraud, and the use of copyrighted material, etc.
  • To make ICT available and accessible to all peoples,  including the disabled and the deprived. Accessibility needs to be kept in mind during curriculum design (in educational contexts), in order to maximize the capabilities of the technology
  • To suppress dishonest business practices and to protect and encourage fair competition
  • To promote moral and social values in society

Cybersecurity professional responsible for data protection

Personal data and company data is important any information obtain shall be safe guarded and not disclosed.  

Personal/Professional Ethics

Personal Ethics

Personal ethics is a category of philosophy that determines what an individual believes about morality and right and wrong. This is usually distinguished from business ethics or legal ethics. These branches of ethics come from outside organizations or governments, not the individual’s conscience. These branches of ethics occasionally overlap. Personal ethics can affect all areas of life, including family, finances and relationships.

Professional Ethics 

Within the broad field of applied ethics, professional ethics assesses the moral dimension of human activity in the classic occupations of law, medicine, ministry and by extension higher education, engineering, journalism, management and other occupations that aspire to professional status. Professional ethics is concerned with the standards and moral conduct that govern the profession and its members. More specifically, professional ethics examines issues, problems, and the social responsibility of the profession itself and individual practitioners in the light of philosophical and, in some contexts, religious principles among which are duty and obligation.

Ethics & Legal Professional (Certifications, Professional Originations)


All persons having obtained any CompTIA certification or certificate program (“Certified Person”) and taking part in CompTIA’s Continuing Education Program (“CCEP”) must agree that they have read and will abide by the terms and conditions of this CompTIA Candidate Code of Ethics Policy (“Ethics Policy”), prior to participating in the CCEP.

It is a violation of this Ethics Policy for any Certified Person to participate in any incident of cheating, breach of security, misconduct, submission of fraudulent information or any other behavior that could be considered compromising the integrity or confidentiality of any CompTIA certification examination, any CompTIA certification or the CompTIA Continuing Education Program, as determined by CompTIA.

All Certified Persons shall adhere to the following:

  • All information submitted for participating in and earning units from the CCEP must have been completed by the participating Certified Person.
  • A Certified Person shall abide by all the terms and conditions set forth in the CompTIA Candidate Agreement.
  • A Certified Person shall only submit continuing education units that they themselves have completed.
  • A Certified Person shall only provide accurate and authentic information for earning continuing education units.
  • A Certified Person shall abide by the CompTIA Continuing Education Audit Policies as set forth by CompTIA from time to time.
  • A Certified Person shall offer and provide professional services with integrity.
  • A Certified Person shall perform professional services in a manner that is fair and reasonable to clients, principals, partners and employers, and shall disclose conflict(s) of interest in providing such services.
  • A Certified Person shall not disclose any confidential client information without the specific consent of the client.
  • A Certified Person will always conduct themselves in a manner which enhances the image of the profession.
  • A Certified Person shall provide services to clients competently and maintain the necessary knowledge and skill to continue to do so in those areas in which they are certified.
  • A Certified Person shall not solicit clients through false or misleading communications or advertisements.
  • In the course of performing professional activities, a Certified Person shall not engage in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation, or knowingly make a false or misleading statement to a client, employer, employee, professional colleague, governmental or other regulatory body or official, or any other person or entity.


Members and ISACA certification holders shall:

  • Support the implementation of, and encourage compliance with, appropriate standards and procedures for the effective governance and management of enterprise information systems and technology, including: audit, control, security and risk management.
  • Perform their duties with objectivity, due diligence and professional care, in accordance with professional standards.
  • Serve in the interest of stakeholders in a lawful manner, while maintaining high standards of conduct and character, and not discrediting their profession or the Association.
  • Maintain the privacy and confidentiality of information obtained in the course of their activities unless disclosure is required by legal authority. Such information shall not be used for personal benefit or released to inappropriate parties.
  • Maintain competency in their respective fields and agree to undertake only those activities they can reasonably expect to complete with the necessary skills, knowledge and competence.
  • Inform appropriate parties of the results of work performed including the disclosure of all significant facts known to them that, if not disclosed, may distort the reporting of the results.
  • Support the professional education of stakeholders in enhancing their understanding of the governance and management of enterprise information systems and technology, including: audit, control, security and risk management.
  • Failure to comply with this Code of Professional Ethics can result in an investigation into a member’s or certification holder’s conduct and, ultimately, in disciplinary measures.



All information security professionals who are certified by (ISC)² recognize that such certification is a privilege that must be both earned and maintained. In support of this principle, all (ISC)² members are required to commit to fully support this Code of Ethics (the “Code”). (ISC)² members who intentionally or knowingly violate any provision of the Code will be subject to action by a peer review panel, which may result in the revocation of certification. (ISC)² members are obligated to follow the ethics complaint procedure upon observing any action by an (ISC)² member that breach the Code. Failure to do so may be considered a breach of the Code pursuant to Canon IV.

There are only four mandatory canons in the Code. By necessity, such high-level guidance is not intended to be a substitute for the ethical judgment of the professional.

Code of Ethics Preamble:

The safety and welfare of society and the common good, duty to our principals, and to each other, requires that we adhere, and be seen to adhere, to the highest ethical standards of behavior.

Therefore, strict adherence to this Code is a condition of certification.

Code of Ethics Canons:

Protect society, the common good, necessary public trust and confidence, and the infrastructure.

Act honorably, honestly, justly, responsibly, and legally.

Provide diligent and competent service to principals.

Advance and protect the profession.

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