Richard has highlighted a story about the Northern Ireland Civil Service spending a lot of money on computers. He makes some very good point about security not being a hardware issue it is about training people to have the security mindset.
I read through the article and wondered whether:
- This is a non story, the NI executive would have been buying these machines anyway and they thought they could try and look good on security for once; or
- They genuinely need to upgrade these machines to cope with upgrades to do with security and Bill McCluggage saw this as yet another opportunity to promote NI's so called e-government.
I actually think it is a bit of both and the canny Bill has used security as a great excuse to buy a whole load of new kit rather than argue his way through upgrades piecemeal (I don't know what percentage of NICS 14,000 people are, but I suspect it is quite a large one). While I was looking at this I though I would see how much they were paying; after 2.9 *Million* pounds of discount they are still paying £475 per laptop and £435 per desktop machine, someone saw them coming.