Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls - InformationWeek
Government IT Priorities: Security Reigns, Cloud Crawls
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User Rank: Moderator
7/23/2014 | 6:45:52 PM
Re: Unsurprising, but ironic
Amidst the budget challenges, IT security in cloud should be a priority nonetheless. I can understand the security and privacy concern. In this day and age from what we see across other sectors with password and data breaches, government IT is just as vulnerable.
User Rank: Strategist
7/22/2014 | 11:00:25 PM
Re: Unsurprising, but ironic
You're right. There is a huge problem with the lack of cloud-ready IT people. There's a great infographic here:

that outlines the cloud skills gap and how people really need to be educated to manage and support cloud services. Still, I am surprised at the lack of implementation given the Cloud First policy.



User Rank: Ninja
7/22/2014 | 1:13:49 PM
Re: Unsurprising, but ironic
It's interesting to see how much priority the government puts on data loss and identity management, which considering the shortage in IT security talent, means there is still a way to go to ensure they are meeting the same standards of private companies.  Considering the large amount of sensitive information that these agencies are dealing with, it's surprising that this isn't higher on their budget priority lists.
Lorna Garey
Lorna Garey,
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7/21/2014 | 3:50:02 PM
Unsurprising, but ironic
Security is top of mind for everyone -- that's a given. However, the way agencies lag behind private-sector enterprises in public cloud use is feeding that security pain. Multiple studies show there are not enough top-tier security pros to go around. They are expensive. Government agencies are budget-constrained, and are competing with cloud providers for that talent. They won't win.  

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