STANDARDS BIT has established standard practices for development, processing and services
  • Rules and regulations are essential to any well managed organization. Standards are valuable to our clients because of the cost savings, faster support and reliable technology infrastructure. They serve to establish uniform practices and common techniques used as guidelines to measure performance.

    For example, with one standard email system, a small number of administrators can maintain a system supporting all of state government. If the state had two email systems, the number of administrators and support staff would double with no corresponding benefit in functionality. The same principle applies to system designs, writing programs and setting up operations in a data processing center. All of which require certain individual skills, standard policies, procedures and equipment.

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  • Vendors who are actively pursuing IT business opportunities with the State of South Dakota must also comply with the Information Technology Security Policy. For security purposes, this content is not for public consumption, however a modified version is available for you here.
FINANCE BIT Finance Office
BIT Rates and Information
  • Development >
    Analysis, design, programming, implementation and maintenance of the state’s information systems.
  • Data Center >
    Provides enterprise computer processing services for state government agencies, higher education, constitutional offices and the Unified Judicial System (UJS)..
  • Telecommunications >
    Provides all support for hardware/software, Active Directory accounts required for access to network, telephone access, videoconferencing, and more.


Desktop and Servers

BIT utilizes a couple of software products to protect PCs/Laptops/Notebook/Tablets from malicious software. Symantec Endpoint Protection (SEP) is installed on all client computers and servers. SEP protects machines from viruses and spyware. Pointsec is another product used only on mobile computers. It encrypts the hard drive so the data cannot be accessed if the computer would happen to be lost or stolen. Corporate Windows Update Services provides ongoing security patch management services for both workstations and servers operating systems and applications.

Clients Served
  • Executive Branch

What We Provide
  • Automated security patch management process.
  • Installation of non-Microsoft based security patches.
  • Periodic baseline security analysis of systems to confirm proper patching is being applied.
  • Anti-virus/Anti-malware software.
  • Hard drive encryption software for mobile computers.

Client Responsibility
  • Take online security classes.
  • Report unusual behavior or information requests.
  • Do not open suspicious emails, email attachments or messages from unknown sources.
  • Do not click on Internet links in emails if you unsure who the email is from.
  • If an email/Internet link asks for your state user ID and/or password, do not enter it.

Major Investment Costs
  • Staff Training
  • Security Software
  • Software maintenance

Cost-Saving Tips
  • Follow state security recommendations.
  • Report suspicious behavior.

  • Server security software is covered in the BIT Information Management Fee which is billed monthly to agencies per user ID.
  • Desktop security software is covered in the BIT User Fee which is billed monthly to agencies per user ID.