City Officials Agree To Contract With InterQuest To Secure Computer Systems

(Beaver Dam) The Beaver Dam Common Council Monday night approved a contract with InterQuest to provide security for the city’s computer systems. The Beaver Dam-based company will install software and actively monitor computers belonging to around 100 employees. Initially, InterQuest will provide the service for every city department except for the recreation department and the library, which have the newest systems in the city and are currently covered. The goal will be to eventually have one company monitor all department’s IT security needs. The resolution requires that no department head refuse participation within the scope of the project to enhance the city’s computer system without approval of the administrative committee. Alderman Ken Anderson says he is not onboard with forcing a budget item on the departments. Mayor Becky Glewen says securing the city’s computer systems is of high-importance. InterQuest will be paid a one-time fee of $5000 and a monthly fee of $2000, through the end of the current budget. The money for the remainder of the year will come from unspent funds intended to provide computer security for the Finance Department. The cost will then be included in the next fiscal budget. The contract is month-to-month. Bill Schwartz of InterQuest has told city officials that his company conducted a free audit of city IT security and found several red flags. InterQuest drew up a plan that would have allowed the city to bid out the entire project or bid IT security for each individual department.