* Posts by ServerMonkey

4 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Aug 2015

Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad


So Capita have been contracted to build (because why would they bother building something before they are sure they have won it) a system which needs to be up and running in less than a year.

It’s not difficult to see this will be a disaster from the outset.

Won’t someone please think of the children?!

Give us a bloody PIN: MPs grill BBC bosses over subscriber access


Stop heavy handed enforcement?

Never! That would mean that the lucrative Capita contract wouldn't be renewed in a few years time.

It's also probably that bunch of chancers who are saying that the integration between the two databases is terribly difficult....

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Alan! Alan! Alan! Look! It's a new iphone!

Jail incompetent council folk who leak our data, thunders furious BBW



The biggest thing I encountered was an absolute apathy towards security. The council's head of IT really couldn't give a damn about the fact they had no IDS or IPS, even though the CESG guidelines for the PSN CoCo said that they should have one.

They didn't seem in the slightest bit concerned that not having tools such as this meant that it in all likelihood they had been hacked already, and we had no way of knowing.

As well as educating the users, the focus needs to be on educating the people in charge - the Data Protection Officer and the Head of IT positions were often trophy positions on the way to other roles in the council, so their input and strategic direction were more down to making themselves look good, rather than making the right decisions for the organisation.