Failing IT projects are the norm. Time and again we hear of delay and overspend for new IT systems, whether they are for the private sector or a part of a larger government mandate. Failing projects inevitably end in disputes, usually in the courts or in binding arbitration, where the customer or vendor is forced to write off some, or all, of the wasted costs. Shareholders and the taxpayer deserve to know that there are better ways of handling these disputes.
As someone who works in Marketing, I have become accustomed to the way in which Google markets to me online.
I’ll browse a website or a product on my laptop, either walk away from it or put it in my basket to return to later. Then, within a matter of hours, Google repeatedly hounds me with adverts for this or similar products across a number of unaffiliated websites on other devices connected to my internet at home.
Case Study: IT Group Complete Penetration Test and Find a School's Network and Systems to be Completely Insecure
IT Group was approached by a School who had found their IT systems to be infected with ransomware. This malware attack had, thankfully, not affected any student data, but had succeeded in encrypting all of the accounting files used to balance the school’s books and pay staff. The damage, while not business-crippling, had the potential to cause many issues that would cost both money and time to solve; luxuries that the education sector cannot afford.
In recent months IT Group has become aware of a number of ransomware attacks on educational institutions.
When such attacks occur, valuable data become inaccessible to users until a ransom is paid. Unfortunately, the ransomer may not unlock the documents after the payment is made meaning the data is potentially lost forever.