INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: CONSOLIDATE INTERNET ACCESS

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INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY: CONSOLIDATE INTERNET ACCESS
Problem Identification:
There are multiple Internet connections to City. Aside from costs associated with maintaining these separate connections, each Internet connection, unless properly firewalled, provides an entrance for hackers and poses a security risk to City systems and data.

Recommended Action:
Eliminate multiple Internet connections and provide Citywide access as a core technology provided by the Municipal Area Network. Additionally, develop standards for Internet access by city employees.

Classification:
Cost Savings, Service Improvement

Functional/Operational Area:
Citywide

Estimated Annual Impact:
While the cost of current Internet access is not easily identified, it is anticipated that the elimination of redundant services will provide savings.

Estimated Implementation Costs:
Not Determined

Barriers to Implementation:
Completion of Metropolitan Area Network.

Projected Implementation:
1 year

Next Steps:
Locate all internet connections to City networks and quantify cost of current access. Eliminate connections as Metropolitan Area Network is installed.

Analysis:
Internet access should be managed on several levels:

– Access should be provided by the City’s Metropolitan Area Network using a secure, firewalled connection. Individual connections at the department level should be eliminated.
– Access to the Internet should be provided to employees who require it for their job responsibilities and blocked from those who do not.
– Inappropriate websites should be blocked.
– Policies governing access and appropriate use of the Internet should be clearly stated, reviewed by the Law Department, and issued to all City employees who have access.

Costs can be reduced by the consolidation of Internet connections into a single, appropriately-sized connection to the City network.