Thursday, 10 April 2008

What price security?

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:

  1. 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
  2. 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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Good points, well made! Just goes to show how security has to be understood in the context of the actors' agendas (another Schneierism).