DCC Library Computers Offline As Firewalls Upgraded
8:15am 9th November 2013
Dorset County Council's upgrading its firewalls to protect its computer network this weekend - to make sure data's kept secure.
That means there'll be no internet access at public libraries from now until 7am on Monday morning. (11 November)
A few of the pages including the schools admissions form on Dorset For You will also be unavailable.
Travel Dorset will still be up and running at www.dorsetforyou.com/traveldorset for traffic and travel information across the county, but with a slightly reduced service. Local people will still be able to access live travel alerts, bus timetables and major roadworks information, but won't be able to view bus, road and rail maps or live bus and train departures times.
Anyone who needs to report an urgent road problem can call the emergency out of hours number 0845 0678 999. The county council's online reporting system will be available again from Monday 11 November.
The online library catalogue will not be available.
County council Cabinet member for corporate resources, Robert Gould, explained:
'Our firewall acts as a security barrier around our IT network, preventing unauthorised access to our data. Unfortunately we can't replace such a critical part of our IT infrastructure without affecting members of the public, and there won't be access to certain pages on dorsetforyou.com or the internet in our libraries over that weekend. Our current firewalls have reached the end of their life and we absolutely must replace them. Protecting our networks and the data they hold is of paramount importance to us.'