PIN location the subject of court proceedings
SECURITY code protection was at the centre of court proceedings yesterday where a Gladstone hairdresser is being tried for stealing about $44,000 in cash and stock.
Sara Jane Ruddell gave evidence in her defence in Gladstone District Court yesterday, after being charged with stealing as a servant from her former employer.
Ruddell told the court she had begun working at the hairdressing salon in Gladstone as a senior hairdresser before being promoted to become a co-manager of the store.
She said she was given a PIN code to access the store computer when she began, which was upgraded to allow her managerial access after her promotion.
When asked by Defence Lawyer Jack Farrell if her PIN code was ever changed, Ms Ruddell replied it was changed after another employee was found using someone else's PIN.
She told the court every Gladstone employee's PIN code was changed by a managing director in Mackay, and distributed by her co-manager at the store.Ruddell said she had attached hers to the top of her hairdressing toolbox.
Upon cross-examining the witness, Crown Prosecutor Sal Vasta asked Ruddell if security of PIN codes was of paramount impor-tance, particularly after the security breach, to which Ruddell replied that it was.
He asked her why, then, had she put her code on her toolbox where it could be viewed by anyone, to which she said she was told to do so by her co-manager.
Mr Vasta then said as a manager, was it not also her responsibility to ensure security was of utmost importance, to which Ruddell said it was.
He asked her how often she had to refer to the toolbox to check her PIN, to which Ruddell said she only had to refer to it once or twice. Mr Vasta asked why then, if she could remember her PIN, did she have it in her toolbox where it could be viewed by other staff, to which she said she was only human and had left it there.
The trial will continue today, when the Crown will provide rebuttal evidence to the evidence provided by Ruddell.