Council Monday agreed to spend more than $650,000 towards the design, implementation, and management of a new firewall.

Saanich to spend more than $650,000 on internet security

Internet security has its price and in the case of Saanich, it is more than $650,000.

Saanich council Monday unanimously awarded X-10 Enterprises ahead of other three other companies a contract to design, implement, and manage the municipality’s new firewall designed to keep it malicious hackers and protect sensitive information.

The municipality did not release the name of the current supplier, citing security concerns.

The budget for designing and implementing the firewall adds up to $150,500 (including contingency) and comes from the 2017 capital budget.

Management of the firewall amounts to $104,790 per year, with the first year pro-rated to $83,832.

Megan Catalona, a spokesperson for the District of Saanich, said the new system marks an improvement.

”The legacy systems that Saanich has relied on to protect our computer environment are outdated and need to be replaced,” she said. “The integrity and availability of our computer environment has become more important as our business increasingly relies on computer systems and internet connectivity. As stewards of Saanich corporate information and citizen information, we need to ensure adequate and best practice measures are taken to secure data.”

Catalona declined to answer questions about the safety of Saanich’s computer system, including questions about the number of attacks and changes in the number of attacks over time.

“Again, we can’t disclose this information for security reasons,” she said.

The item did not generate any debate.

Just Posted

Artists craft Souper Bowls in Cedar Hill studio

Souper Bowls of Hope supports urban youth

Six stories a non-starter at Sidney’s Cedarwood Inn site

Site redevelopment plans go back to the drawing board

Mount Douglas Mathletes enjoying success by the numbers

Saanich Grade 9s walk away with top five spots in Island math competition

Songhees Wellness Centre event immersed in Indigenous cuisine and culture

Camosun and Songhees cook together for reconciliation while fundraising for student scholarship fund at March 23 event

Victoria Women’s Expo showcases the latest trends

Over 100 vendors feature lots of beauty, health, food, jewelry products and more

Celebrating our transit drivers on their day

March 18 is International Transit Driver Appreciation Day

Cirque du Soleil aerialist dies after fall during Florida show

Longtime performer fell while performing in VOLTA

World Cups soccer festival coming to Lochside Park

Victoria’s long running youth soccer festival, the Peninsula Co-op World Cups Soccer… Continue reading

LETTER: Lowered voting age would engage youth in political process

Saanich high school student supports giving a vote to 16-year-olds

Canadian comic Mike MacDonald dies at 63

Ottawa-born comedian had performed on David Letterman

B.C. VIEWS: Speculation tax, cabin tax or asset tax?

Targeting empty homes seems confused and ineffective

LETTERS: Two views of oil pipeline protests

U.S. and other petroleum-rich countries aren’t cutting production

Canada earns second Paralympic Games silver in 20 years

Held 1-0 lead in para hockey game from 12:06 of first to dying seconds of third and lost in overtime

Canadian Paralympic team picked up record 28 medals

The 55 athletes strong had set a cautious goal of 17 medals for PyeongChang

Most Read