2 pointsA lot has happened in the past year. We've had our highs and we've had our lows, and this year we are coming back with a vengeance. Thank you to the people of the community who in which have stayed dedicated to our cause, constantly pushing myself and @Kahoot to revamp services. Some of the ideas we've had are simply amazing in theory, but hard to execute due to real life conflicts (myself personally working full time in logistics is a killer, but that's a different story) Part One: Game Server Operations In the next few months, SICT will be revitalizing certain projects. Among the list is MilitaryRP, which we were originally planning to scrap. After a poll was announced, we got a good amount of responses within an hour that screamed "pls, bring back MRP". As of now we are reworking the content packs for the MilitaryRP (the current content pack will always be available in the forum footer under main menu), followed by reworking rank structure and reorganizing the entire project as well as the network. Part Two: Hosting Operations We have established shared and dedicated website hosting for all audiences. Whether you're a blogger, a community that needs a landing page or discussion platform, a developer who needs git repo(s), and anything/everything in between, we have hosting packages to accommodate your needs. Feel free to open a support ticket for help/options. All of which includes email free of charge. If you require more powerful email, licensing and hosting of Exchange 2016 is available via a support ticket and custom quote. All hosting packages are currently powered by our France Network. We are planning to extend the hosting capacity of the network to areas like London, North America, Germany, and other Oceanic areas such as Asia, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. We are currently working on the automation that will be responsible for the provisioning of Virtual Private/Virtual Dedicated/Bare Metal Dedicated Servers. There is currently no ETA on the availability of these systems. If you wish to inquire about server options prior to automation being completed please open a support ticket. The same applies for dedicated game server hosting. At this point in time we have no plan/interest in providing TeamSpeak 3 due to licensing costs and the pure pain of a process to (re)acquire an ATHP designation, and the fact that alternatives like Discord exist. Part Three: Security/Crypto We have been working on security and crypto non-stop behind the scenes, because that is who we truly are at our core. We have established more advanced filtering rules to help mitigate malicious activity incoming to our network, as well as upgraded certain areas of encryption. The idea is in the future, staff will be able to identify themselves to services based on fingerprints provided by their computer systems, and to increase the security for transactions. We expect by this time next year to have a shiny green bar when visiting any ShadowICT Official Service. In addition, we have implemented new vulnerability scanners that are utilized for our hosting clients. If our scanners find anything that may jeopardize the security of your website, you will be notified by email, discord, or phone. Part Four: Staffing We will be actively seeking out members of our community who are interested in staffing the network on all levels. Whether it's a game server moderator/administrator, sales/technical/customer support for the hosting division, or ranks of executives/directors who oversee respective divisions, we will be taking on people in all of these positions. Please note at this time ALL of these positions are volunteer. This MAY change in the future depending on the success of other projects, therefore if you would like to start collecting pay at a time in the future this is a good incentive to help revitalize our projects.
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