Council facing £2 million bill for IT improvements

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Council facing £2 million bill for IT improvements Council facing £2 million bill for IT improvements

Proposals to tighten up security around a Government online network could land the county council with an IT bill running into more than £2 million.

Hertfordshire County Council will have to make staff undergo new security checks and issue more than 1,000 new laptops as part of reforms to the public service network.

The network allows government agencies and local councils share data, some which is highly sensitive such as social and child care services.

Last year announced the Government announced it was beefing up security around the system by raising the standards organisations needed to meet to remain accredited to use it.

Councils which fail to meet these new standards have been threatened with disconnection.

The new regime will mean that accredited council staff will not be able to access the network from private computers or devices and will not be able to forwards emails to personal accounts.

Under the current plans the county council will have to replace 1,024 laptops at an estimated cost of £1.2 million over four years and then more than £1 million in additional support costs.

It also faces a £26,500 annual bill to furnish more than 200 staff whom access the network from personal devices with new approved smart phones.

On top of the extra hardware costs, the council will also have to foot a bill running up to around £200,000 for staff to undergo new security checks for the system.

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10:02am Wed 9 Apr 14

fight rates says...

I have a friend who works for a different council who has already been badly affected by this. She has had to hand back her nearly new top of the range laptop for a brand new high security model. She also got an ipad from a different department & a new smart phone. This is to add to her own laptop, ipad & iPhone. In total she now has six different devices to manage & carry. As she works in deprived ares she feels even more like a target for theft. Her new laptop is now so secure it is much slower than her previous model & as it has so many levels of security it often does not work. She has had to resort to using her own laptop & her productivity has reduced. On top of this she now gets bombarded by emails from her boss & her bosses boss about the same things to do with elf & safety. She was able to get on with her job far better when she just had a pen & paper. Our countries national debt is now one of the highest in the world at £1.3 trillion. We cannot afford for councils to continue wasting millions of tax payers money!
I have a friend who works for a different council who has already been badly affected by this. She has had to hand back her nearly new top of the range laptop for a brand new high security model. She also got an ipad from a different department & a new smart phone. This is to add to her own laptop, ipad & iPhone. In total she now has six different devices to manage & carry. As she works in deprived ares she feels even more like a target for theft. Her new laptop is now so secure it is much slower than her previous model & as it has so many levels of security it often does not work. She has had to resort to using her own laptop & her productivity has reduced. On top of this she now gets bombarded by emails from her boss & her bosses boss about the same things to do with elf & safety. She was able to get on with her job far better when she just had a pen & paper. Our countries national debt is now one of the highest in the world at £1.3 trillion. We cannot afford for councils to continue wasting millions of tax payers money! fight rates
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