Policy, Education and Audits

Maintaining the security infrastructure for the State of South Dakota goes beyond hardware and software technology. It includes rules and regulations, education of those rules with expected behaviors and the independent review of those rules.

  • The technology policies of the state define the guidelines of implementing technology, acceptable behaviors and consequences when not followed.
  • Education is necessary to ensure BIT informs clients of the policies and information regarding security behavior.
    • - includes security guidelines for computer safety tips, training requirements, laws, security alerts; plus a monthly newsletter on topics like safeguarding personal data, cyber ethics, protecting children online, cloud computing and more.
    • - contains a section of articles related to cyber security education and awareness along with emerging threats as they occur.
  • State agencies are frequently called upon to provide security-related information regarding the technical infrastructure of supporting sensitive applications. Outside entities with legal justification frequently demand adherence to security regulations. BIT actively participates in those audits to ensure a complete understanding of the security infrastructure.

Clients Served

  • Executive and Judicial Branches
  • Constitutional and Elected Offices

What We Provide

  • Documentation of Policies.
  • Newsletters and articles describing policies, risks and threats.
  • Online classes.
  • Participation in meetings.
  • Responding to findings.
  • Change in infrastructure/policies.

Client Responsibility

  • Sign up to receive BIT Blog updates by email.
  • Take online security classes.
  • Report unusual behavior or information requests.

Major Investment Costs

  • Client Collaboration (understanding legal and business requirements, remediation).

Cost-Saving Tips

  • Following the policies will go a long ways towards preventing outbreaks.
  • Federal requirements need to be forwarded to BIT to ensure we can meet those requirements. This can avoid costly federal fines or withholding of funding.


  • No specific charges or rates are defined for this service. The costs for this service are absorbed by BIT. The Administrative, Data Center, Development and Telecommunications divisions of BIT all play significant roles in the establishment of an effective security infrastructure.
Maintenance Agreements 
There are constantly evolving security threats to the state's technology infrastructure as well as required technology upgrades and patching.  These threats and changes require that technology products effected by them have on-going support to assure they function in a way that is safe and reliable.   
The technology services and products you use to carry out your mission require maintenance agreements.  These agreements include maintaining your application's technology in the midst of industry-wide and local threats and changes and providing you and your technical staff at BIT expert assistance when problems arise.   It is expected that agencies will subscribe to the maintenance agreements for 3rd party products to keep them in a current and supported state throughout the life of the product or service..  If a maintenance agreement is not going to be maintained, it must be approved as such by BIT.

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