One year after signing a $218 million contract with Unisys for cloud services, and one month after a ransomware attack took public safety agencies offline, the state is investing again in security and cloud support.
Georgia has contracted Unisys Corp., a global IT company based in Pennsylvania, for a wide-ranging cloud software upgrade to enable single sign-on capability for major software applications.
Valued at up to $25 million, according to the news release from Unisys, the contract comes one year after Georgia Technology Authority, the state’s IT agency, signed its first contract with the company. Unisys announced a $218 million contract with GTA in August 2018 to provide five and a half years of hybrid cloud storage and security services.
Similar to that contract, the new agreement consists of a five-year base period followed by three 12-month option periods. The goal is for the government’s 47,000 employees across 14 agencies to be able to access email and other tools like SharePoint, Skype and Microsoft Teams without having to log in more than once, but to do so with multi-factor authentication, which proposes to enhance security by requiring multiple credentials.
The investment also follows a ransomware attack in July that forced Georgia’s public safety agencies to take their servers offline.
"This expansion of Unisys' work with the state of Georgia builds on the work we are doing to help the state serve its citizens securely and efficiently," said Michael Morrison, vice president and general manager for Unisys in the United States and Canada. "In addition to giving state workers access to new cloud-based email and collaboration tools, we will enhance security through improved identity management and single sign-on capabilities."