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Thomasville firm awarded big contract with county

A Thomas County firm walked away with a three-year agreement with Grady County valued at $26,414.52 annually Tuesday night.
Grady County commissioners approved the data security and business continuity agreement with Rumble’s Office City of Thomasville. No other proposals were considered, but Grady County Administrator Carlos Tobar said this week the service would be put out to bid at the end of the three-year deal.
“This is less than the county used to pay for network administration before I got here,” Tobar told commissioners Tuesday night.
Commission Chairman Elwyn Childs asked Rumble’s personnel present when the new service would go into effect. According to the company representatives, the county’s new cyber protection and business continuity will be operative before the end of the month.
Commissioner Keith Moye asked Tobar to verify when the service would be put out to bid and Tobar repeated that in three years this service, along with the internet service and Voice Over Internet Protocol phone service, would be put out to bid.
Commissioner T.D. David noted that rapid changes in technology could dictate a change to the county’s agreement with Rumble’s sooner than in three years.
In addition to protecting county computer systems from cyber attacks and hacking, the key feature county officials voiced most interest in was the ability to restore county operations quickly in the event of a catastrophe.

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