The management of Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) has launched an internal investigation into disruptions of the utility company’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) network.
According to a GWI statement, a scan conducted by GWI’s ICT Department discovered a ‘hidden wireless device’ connected to the network and efforts are presently being made to locate the source of the signal.
GWI undertook the scan after the ICT Department received an unusually high amount of complaints from internal users of the network at GWI’s Corporate Complex on Vlissengen Road and Church Street, Bel-Air Park, on November 4th. These complaints, according to the statement, ranged from reduced connectivity to the complete loss of the network connection.
GWI said the discovery of the hidden network connection has alarmed GWI’s Chief Executive Officer Dr. Richard Van West-Charles, who stated that a full investigation will be launched.
“One can only conclude that this was attempted sabotage by unknown persons who wish to undermine the integrity of GWI’s Internal Network,” he was quoted as saying.
“In fact, I have consistently experienced difficulties connecting to GWI’s Network from my Secretariat since the commencement of my tenure. can assure that once the culpable party is identified, full disciplinary action will be enforced. We cannot allow these attacks within such a vital utility,” he added.