St. Louis County, Mo., to Invest $650,000 in Tech Upgrades

A slew of bills will go before the St. Louis County Council tonight for final approval. The pieces of legislation allocate funding for a new website, mobile app upgrade and system backups in the cloud.

by / July 9, 2019
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The St. Louis County Council will likely pass a slew of bills today investing about $650,000 in technology improvements throughout the Missouri county.

The group already gave the bills a first-round green light during their meeting on July 2. Big-ticket items include $150,000 for a new website, $113,000 to shift system backups to the cloud and $50,000 to upgrade the county’s mobile app.

Chief Information Officer Rick Nolle said in a release that currently systems are backed up on external drives, called tapes, and stored in a vault, but a cloud-based backup would allow for a speedier recovery if the county suffers a cyberattack.

“If we get locked, if we get a disaster, we can start rebuilding systems in hours and days, rather than days and weeks it would take to go grab the tapes and physically go and connect the tapes up to drives and get them into computers,” Nolle said.

There is also legislation to fund an IT help desk for employees and to automate most of the county’s internal and external processes. Nolle said increasing automation will not impact the county’s IT workforce.

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