One of my subscription eNewsletters delivered me up this article [Link] entitled “President’s tech council plays sad trombone for federal cybersecurity” a few minutes ago. Well, actually it was more than a few minutes ago. It took me more than a few minutes to regain control of my rolling-on-the-floor, wildly laughing, self. And climbing back into my chair. And waiting for the ribs to quit hurting.
“PCAST (President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology) recommended that the administration move to phase out XP and other “unsupported and unsecure” operating systems within two years and upgrade to current versions of Windows, Linux, and MacOS. The council also recommended adoption across government offices of the latest and most secure versions of browsers and of the Trusted Platform Module for handling encryption at rest on computers, phones, and tablets. It advised a move toward automatically updating software, as well.”
I have commented previously – n times – that politicians hate nerds. Repulsians want to kill all of them. And their families Democruds want to send them all to joy-labor camps. And kill them there. And their families. And geeks aren’t spared the attention.
And almost all Yankee government organizations – agencies and departments and what-not – are headed by political appointees.
I suspect most of it is a case of: (a) I don’t understand this stuff; and (b) make it go away; and (c) maybe nothing will happen when I am in charge. But there is also other aspects of: (d) don’t tell me something I want to do to get a better appointment won’t work; and (e) don’t look at me as if I’m ignorant as slime mold and twice as odoriferous.
Add to this that at least half of the Yankee government – the evil half, evidently – wants to do something to reduce spending and maybe reduce the debt that will turn us into a colony of China. Or someone with monetary reserves and good sense.
That money thing is the other primary reason the Yankee government has the IT security of the Titanic. Of all the things that government organizations spend money on, IT is the most despised. And thereby the lowest priority. And under the most pressure to reduce cost and staffing. Because the appointees can understand toilet paper and fuzzy on the food and salaries and automobiles and airplanes, but not IT. And therefore it’s not amenable to their management and something to be eliminated.
It’s not a new thing. Back in Lincoln’s administration those appointees complained about reading the clerks’ handwriting and understanding their big words.
So it’s unlikely, probability O(0), that anything new is going to be done in IT without some external mandate. And some drastic change in organization culture and budgeting.
Has Tartarus thawed out yet?