More Successes In Government IT!

Thousands of reports of cybercrime were quarantined on a police database instead of being investigated because software designed to protect the computer system labelled them a security risk.

Sure, blame ‘the computer’. Who programmed that software? Who failed to adequately test it?

The problem was revealed on Thursday in the findings of an inspection by a police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS), on how forces were responding to cyber-dependent crime.

Insp Matt Parr, who heads the constabulary, said: “They have a problem in that they have got a backlog of crimes that they have been unable to pass out due to software problems.

It took them long enough to realise it, too!

The force was told it must “with immediate effect” explain to the Home Office how it proposed to tackle the problem and stop it from happening again.

A City of London police spokeswoman said it was working with its supplier IBM to “review the security protocols” that caused the problem, adding: “Reports which are a security risk will continue to be quarantined but are actively monitored, for example to ensure that reports from vulnerable victims are prioritised and acted on.”

Or, in other words ‘We can’t seem to sort it out, but we’ll look at the stuff now instead of assuming it’s correctly quarantined’…

5 comments for “More Successes In Government IT!

  1. Lord T
    November 1, 2019 at 10:29 am

    I smell digital bullshit. Who programs security systems to classify inputted data as a security threat and quarantine it?

  2. November 1, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Think the cop IT is a problem? Just wait until the RAF has their new super-dooper F-35s on Readiness. Currently a fighter/interceptor can scramble in around 3 mins from hooter to airborne. The F-35 won’t let you start the motor until you have ‘logged-in’ with your correct ident and password. In training, in the US, the planes refused to accept the idents and passwords so many times that exercise slot times had to be cancelled. ‘Software’ problems. It can take an hour or more to light the blue touch paper.

  3. Mona
    November 1, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    What the F—k we need aircraft carriers for? you cannot use a F35 to bomb illegal migrant dingies in the Channel or maybe we want to hand control of them to the EU.

    • Mudplugger
      November 1, 2019 at 3:20 pm

      The F-35 costs around £100m each before you’ve even flown them – imagine how many truck-scanners and Channel patrol-boats we could buy for that money, thus solving our real security problems.

      But maybe the back-handers aren’t quite as good as they usually are for big-bang defence kit?

  4. November 1, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Back when I was in IT I had a mate who worked in Whitehall. Classified stuff. Back then you could be an independent contractor and input some intelligence to the process. Now the good independent IT bods have been driven into the arms of the corporates thanks to the IR35 tax rules.
    Corporates don’t care about delivering a working product, they care about delivering a product. The fact the number of abortive and over-priced IT projects that has been cancelled since the beginning of the noughties has increased, shows there’s a distinct lack of experience, adaptability and flair in the IT industry these days.
    Shame, but that’s what you get when you flood the market with young kids straight from University, or outsource the work to India.
    The rumour is that outsourcing software programming to an Indian company that had no aerospace experience is part of the problem with the Boeing 737 Max. No-one understood how the software they were tasked to write would interact with other systems on the airplane.
    That’s what you get when you don’t understand IT. I’ve been in many meetings with directors of companies and had to explain fundamental principles to them. Thank God I’m out of it. The only thing I miss is the money. 😉

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