Quick wastes funds on cybersecurity services
A cybersecurity consultant has been hired by the Victorian Liberal Party at the direction of Ian Quick after a scare of leaks, possible access to CHQ computers and concerns about inside information being compromised.
The cybersecurity expert, who was hired several months ago and is being paid tens of thousands of dollars of Liberal Party funds, has so far not reported any information of significance leaving Admin chair Robert Clark red-faced for having thrown much needed Party sums onto nothing.
Former staff members at the Secretariat have had their work computers seized and carefully examined by the expert. In a predictable but perplexing outcome for the party’s ruling Administration Committee, no evidence of wrongdoing or serious irregularities have been uncovered.
Mr Quick has also included in the cybersecurity expert’s remit the forensic examination of website code and metadata, and discussions with foreign companies about tracing the origins of democratic opinions expressed by various persons or sources which may be critical of Mr Quick and Robert Clark.
Certain Admin Committee members have had extensive discussions about spending Party funds on online systems for Party membership and campaigning. However, these discussions have always become unproductive talkfests which have bogged down Admin Committee meetings with complaints, accusations and other distractions from real party business.
As a result, large amounts of time and money have been wasted by Ian Quick and Robert Clark. Several disgruntled former employees of the Liberal Party have vented their frustrations at the way in which Ian Quick micromanaged the head office. As a result, party members have become privy to a wealth of inside information highlighting severe shortages, incompetence and failures under Ian Quick’s tenure.
Members have also been alarmed to learn that Mr Quick’s paranoia is such that he has insisted that another member of Admin not have a mobile phone or electronic devices at Admin meetings in case of recording, and has even attempted, through Robert Clark, to enforce confiscations of devices. Ian Quick has also removed his picture from his social media profiles as he feels he is the target of hackers.
While security is commendable, the quantum to which Mr Quick aspires to use technology to control the party is unreasonable. The cybersecurity expert must be rubbing his hands in glee as the Admin Committee have opted to keep the expensive data investigation services active indefinitely.