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Council discusses funding new IT system for Florence County

The plan for the new IT security system is in the place, the goal now is to determine funding. (Source: AP Images) The plan for the new IT security system is in the place, the goal now is to determine funding. (Source: AP Images)

FLORENCE COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Florence County council members are trying to figure an affordable solution to upgrade its IT security system. The update costs nearly $7 million. 

Florence County council in favor of new IT plan

The $6.8 million project was discussed by county leaders Thursday. The county has allocated $3 million to fund the project. Now, council is discussing options to fund the remaining $3.8 million.

Currently, the upgrade would cost a 1.9 mill increase, according to Councilman Jason Springs. However, options are still being discussed.

“The goal is to get [the cost] down between now and next meeting,” Springs said.

Bill Griffenberg, county chief information officer, has been working on the new security plan for the computer system. 

Griffenberg was hired 11 months ago to help solve a lot of the problems with the county network system. 

The new system will be the first in the county. 

The plan will replace the entire antiquated system, Griffenberg said. A system so outdated, parts and pieces are no longer manufactured and are only found on eBay.

The multi-million dollar project will pay for a number of technologies: new firewalls, preventive-type systems, new servers, private clouds for the county and more.

“The storage will be state-of-the-art, scalable and secure,” Griffenberg said.“Security is most important,” he added.

Griffenberg said the county compared the costs of replacing the antiquated equipment to installing a new system.

To slowly replace each piece would cost $6.4 million.

“We'll never move the county forward that way,” Griffenberg said. “Eventually, as the county grows, we can grow without having to bring in new equipment,” he said.

The new security system will be housed in Effingham and Florence with both sites happening simultaneously, Griffenberg confirmed.

The county plans to have data centers up and running by May with the project complete in 2016.

The council is scheduled to meet February 19 to discuss options at its monthly council meeting.

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