Security concerns impeding cloud usage among government organizations

New Jersey, 09.20.2017 – While government agencies are increasingly jumping on the cloud computing bandwagon, some are holding back in integrating this technology in their IT strategy because of security concerns.

Recent statistics confirm that more government agencies have or are seriously considering moving to the cloud. Gartner reports that the public cloud services market will grow 18 percent in 2017 to $246 8 billion, compared with $209.2 billion in 2016. Additionally, federal agencies are projected to spend over $2 billion on cloud computing services and plan to adopt cloud-based solutions in 2017.

But some government organizations have been reluctant to migrate to the cloud because of growing concerns of cyber-attacks. According to a report by Thales, 34 percent of federal agencies experienced a data breach last year, and 65 percent were victims of a data breach at some point in the past.3 As a result, a number of agencies are postponing cloud adoption because of potential attacks on their systems.

One of the key problems is the common misconception that cloud providers can properly secure data without any involvement from the organizations adopting this technology.

Ron Mente, Director – Cloud and Emerging Technologies, Micro Strategies, said: “Adopting cloud platforms can help organizations use resources more efficiently, serve as a reliable source for saving and retrieving data, improve performance and reduce operating costs. However, when implementing a cloud strategy, there tends to be a sense of confusion in terms of who shares responsibility in making sure that data is secure in a cloud environment. Although the cloud provider does provide a secure platform, the customer must be aware that they are responsible for maintaining control over who has access to the systems they deploy in order to ensure maximum security.”

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