IT monocultures, just like ecosystems lacking diversity, are ripe for exploitation and total collapse. The recent spate of ransomware is a digital infection in an environment that was *designed* to be brittle, in the mistaken impression that that would be lower cost and more manageable. IT in our institutions are designed by people who are insufficiently skilled. They've created cultures of disempowerment, so the good people leave, and the incompetents dig in, forming dysfunctional fyfedoms.
@maxheadroom step one: stop buying new MS Windows-dependent software. Step two: stop outsourcing all the interesting work, save it for people working for the organisation. Step three: start bringing in external IT experts from private industry to act as mentors for staff and help them raise their game in context of specific projects. Step four: fund development of sector-wide open source apps, with strong consultation with actual users, empower staff.
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