Anti-hacking steps among county bonding requests

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A program to enhance measures to protect the county’s computer system from hackers is among the bonding requests going to the Oneida County Board of Legislators this week.

“We’re trying to be proactive,” said Central Services Director Anne B. Hartman as she explained her request for $500,000 to members of the legislature’s Government Operations Committee last week.

She said the expenditure is to “keep our data network secure.”

Components of the project include testing the security of the networks and training system users on what they should be doing and should not be doing, according to Hartman.

Another project, estimated to cost $152,250, is meant to safeguard against computer viruses working their way through the 23 networked county locations.

The Central Services director worries says she worries constantly about threats from the internet.

In all, $14.3 million in bonding is being requested by Comptroller Joseph T. Timpano to pay for projects in this year’s capital budget, which represents the county’s priorities for major, long-term expenditures. The largest single expense for the county is $4 million for the annual road improvement program.

The legislators meet Wednesday at 2 p.m. at the County Office Building in Utica.

​Here’s a breakdown of the bonding requests:

Public Works: $7,297,735

— Purchase of equipment: $1,489,000

— Road reconstruction and improvements: $4,000,000 

— Bridge improvements: $1,350,000

— Purchase of light duty equipment: $146,035

— Reconstruction of culverts: $312,700 (for county share of work estimated to $4,276,200)

Facility improvements: $4,468,000

— County Office Building asbestos abatement: $1,618,000

— Comprehensive building improvement program for county facilities: $1,800,000

— Comprehensive building improvement program for county facilities: $1,050,000

Central Services: $1,109,000

— Countywide computer upgrades: $355,250

— Enterprise Content Management program: $101,500

— Switch upgrades for linked computer locations at county facilities: $152,250

— Cybersecurity program for county network: $500,000

Griffiss International Airport: $790,866

— Reconstruction of two nose dock hangars at county airport: $290,336 (for county share of an $3,766,718 project cost)

— Taxiway improvements: $321,130 (for county share of a $6,422,600 project cost)

— Construction of a storage building: $179,400 (for a county share of an estimated $3,588,000 project cost)

Sheriff ’s Office: $660,000

— Public Safety Complex security upgrades/safe cells project: $660,000

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