Outsourcing your own job

This piece from the Verzion Business Security blog would surely have raised a chuckle from anyone who’s read The 4-Hour Work Week.

It details an investigation by Verizon into a perceived security breach in a US company’s VPN system, noting an active endpoint in Shenyang when the employee whose credentials were being used was at his desk in the US.

To cut a long story short – he’d couriered his two-factor authentication token generator to a contractor in China, who was happily carrying out a large portion of his workload – and seemingly successfully:

His code was clean, well written, and submitted in a timely fashion. Quarter after quarter, his performance review noted him as the best developer in the building.

The Verizon blog post doesn’t say what happened to the employee in question – most likely, he was fired – but it’s exactly this kind of arbitrage which should be encouraged in today’s workplaces. Maintaining productivity while increasing employee satisfaction and remuneration – isn’t that the dream of every company’s leadership?

Update: The Register reports that the employee is no longer at the company in question.

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