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Novatech's Christmas Cracker

During an important visit to our headquarters by a highly regarded company, one of the customers remarked a phrase that we at Novatech have heard many a time before…

‘I didn’t know you did that'

The same customers were amazed when they looked around and realised what we're capable of in-house and from some of the many projects we have worked on in the past.

The retail website is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Novatech’s projects, making up only 50% of what we do. For nearly a decade, we’ve been working hard to diversify our offering. It's particularly hard to vaunt due to non-disclosure agreements, confidentiality clauses, proprietary hardware, and such. We also take our security and data protection extremely seriously. But it never hurts to be proud of what we are achieving.

Novatech are no longer just 'builders' or 'suppliers', we are trusted technology partners. And we work with some amazing companies. We offer consultation advice, complete project management, plus support - of course.  

So, we’ve decided to take you 'behind the scenes', show you what our dedicated and specialist teams get up to (as much as we're allowed to, anyway…) 

Novatech's Christmas Cracker

This project was a rousing opportunity that tested Novatech and allowed the company to develop work in some fantastic technology. A cracker – and not the kind you are going to be battling Nan over during Christmas dinner.

Computer cracking hardware; high-grade, off-the-shelf computer graphics hardware that is being utilised for the prevention of crime and the prevalence of cybersecurity. With advanced software, a password cracker will retrieve secured passwords from data that may be inaccessible on a locked computer system.

While this may sound like aspects of an espionage thriller, Novatech has been working tirelessly to perfect the requested requirements of this specific hardware, which has the potential to find work being utilised in some very important sectors. Generally used for the recovery of lost data and access into criminal computer systems, the main role of password cracking is to assist in the recovery of lost or forgotten passwords, or to be processed as a preventive security by system administrators to make sure that their networks passwords and security aren't flawed or easily accessible from outside parties.

This was Novatech’s first experience in working with the confidential client, who also has ties to a large government public sector whose confidentiality has also remained private with the utmost confidence.

The client specified a powerful piece of hardware that could be used in brute force attack password cracking – the process in which a system has its password repeatedly guessed until it reaches success, sometimes taking weeks, or, with the right hardware, only a matter of days - even minutes.

With the power of CUDA parallel computing and 10 of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1080 TI’s in a single, secure chassis, the sleek forensic hardware is a beautiful piece of combined computing to behold and experience. Focus by Novatech teams was directed in working with the client in the design and consultation, making sure to meet their strict requirements. Novatech were sure to continuously work with the client's input.

At Novatech, our company is like a consumer computer. We need you, the client, to push the button and turn us on. But once we are on, we are yours. It is a relationship that Novatech cherishes, making sure to diversify the flexibility of who we work with and where it takes us.

2018 is shaping up to be a very exciting year indeed.

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Published on 19 Dec 2017

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