I have been with my company for over 10 years and the last 7 years my job has been that of a DBA. Recently I've been asked to sign a non closure agreement for a particular system and I hesitated and not yet signed the agreement for the following reasons.
1. As a DBA, one of our primary duties is to secure the data and ensure it's not "improperly accessed" or compromised. Signing a non disclosure agreement doesn't change this fundamental practice.
2. What are the repercussions? Whether the agreement is signed, or not the end result is the same. If I sign the agreement and then disclose the data, I would be terminated. If I don't sign the agreement, or if I compromise data in other systems, I could be terminated. To me there is no point, even a legal point as the end result is the same.
The security on this system is no different than other systems that I'm currently assigned to, in fact, there is more sensitive data on some other systems.
I can see the requirement for signing such a document for employees whose role isn't of that of a DBA, such as system developer or B.A. as securing data isn't their primary role.
What are your thoughts and experiences with the Non Disclosure Agreements? Is it pointless to even make an issue out of this? Are my points valid?