The COVID-19 pandemic rapidly accelerated the digitization and delivery of government services. Digital adoption has taken a quantum leap and there is, indeed, a “new normal.” Delaware faced unparalleled demands for services and stressors on infrastructure that was not designed to support a largely remote workforce. Further, should this equipment be breached or fail, the state operations would be at a standstill, affecting not only our economy but our public safety.
ARPA funds will be used to modernize our Mainframe, Datacenter and Network as well as increase Security Incident Detection and Response. Designated anchor rooms for public meetings will also be upgraded for virtual meetings.
Mainframe modernization will provide levels of system availability, data integration, performance, and more robust cybersecurity detection and reporting capabilities not currently achievable with the existing mainframe or within the State data centers.
The pandemic has clearly shown us that Datacenter as a Service (DCaaS) is needed to provide true core service redundancy between Datacenters, along with investments in modernizing our William Penn facility to meet the uptime and on-going connectivity demands of a hybrid remote workforce of 180,000 users across the State.
With both an on-premises and hybrid remote workforce, network access control must be in place to greatly improve and modernize our cybersecurity posture.
Software-defined networking (SDN) is an architecture designed to make a network more flexible and easier to manage.
State network and internet consumption has quadrupled since the pandemic began. This means there was a proportional upsurge in threat activity.