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The City of Webster Groves is moving forward on large cyber security improvements to the City’s technology infrastructure by transitioning to cloud data on the Microsoft Government Community Cloud (GCC). With the transition, the City is also moving to a .gov domain name for city email addresses. Cyber security and protection of city data, which has grown exponentially in recent years, is a top priority for the City.
“Improving our cyber security and technology tools at City Hall is a top priority for the City,” said Dr. Marie Peoples, Webster Groves City Manager. “The government community cloud transition and the implementation of Microsoft tools is the first major upgrade of the City’s technology suite in almost 20 years. These upgrades will increase the security of our data, including resident and business entity data, and improve the productivity and efficiency of our team. The pandemic highlighted the city’s technology deficits as staff lacked remote access to their work along with the absence of Wi-Fi in City Hall.”
The GCC is the federally mandated platform for storage of data in the cloud. The GCC only utilizes continental US-based data centers to secure government data. The City is required to meet this threshold for sharing criminal justice data in the Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS). In this transition, the City is decommissioning its antiquated legacy email system, GroupWise, and moving to the Microsoft Office365 suite, including Outlook, Teams, and SharePoint capabilities.
Effective Thursday, September 23, the City email and web domains will transition to “webstergrovesmo.gov” in compliance with the security measures of the GCC. The naming convention for emails will remain the same to reach City staff, “lastname” “first initial”@webstergrovesmo.gov (no spaces). The City’s former domain “webstergroves.org” will remain active to allow communication with the City but City staff will reply or originate emails to outside entities from the new domain. The City encourages those in contact with the City to update your email addresses to the new domain and to carefully review emails from staff for the new domain.
Technology upgrades will continue this year for the city with the transition to the Microsoft Office365 suite, a redesigned city website utilizing the new domain,online permitting and city business applications, meeting room upgrades, and the addition of Wi-Fi at City Hall.
“We are excited to provide our city team with the tools needed to meet our customer’s needs and
improve our service. We will be training our team on these upgrades in the coming weeks and
for the rest of the improvements throughout the year. The website redesign and improvements in
City Hall are important for the City and our residents.” Dr. Peoples concluded.