Cloud-Bound: Government Agencies Take to the Sky

How the Cloud Benefits GovernmentGovernment organizations, welcome to the cloud! You may be a little late to the party, but our arms are open. Bloomberg Government reports that since 2013, government agencies have spent over $7 billion migrating to the cloud—nearly $2 billion of that spent in 2017 alone. That’s nearly double the amount spent just five years ago. So, what are the driving factors for this move?


5 Reasons Government Has Taken to the Cloud

1. Security

While early adopters such as large businesses latched onto the public cloud, government agencies remained skeptical. A seemingly endless array of data breaches had them questioning if data is really safe in the cloud. But virtual private cloud (VPC) solutions changed the game. A VPC offers similar advantages to the public cloud, but can offer more scalability and higher levels of security by isolating the data of each customer.

2. Compliance

CJIS regulations are always changing, and government organizations are finding themselves continuously playing catch up—and at a cost. A 2017 Thomson Reuters survey reveals that 60% of companies expect to have to pay for more skilled compliance staff in the coming year. However, agencies that have adopted a cloud computing model are able to leverage their provider’s expertise to keep them in compliance. A survey conducted by technology research company Clutch reveals that, “migrating to the Cloud encourages engaging with better security practices overall … the additional security measures enterprises implement the most is data encryption (60%), followed by identity access policies (52%) and regular audits (48%).”

3. Storage

Government agencies are continually dealing with data capacity issues. It’s never been clearer than when looking at law enforcement agencies. Today, approximately 95% of large police departments are using body-worn cameras (BWCs) to record police officers’ day-to-day activities. While these innovative devices are improving police and community relations, they’ve also amassed  petabytes of data which requires a lot of storage space. A VPC allows these agencies to store their information securely, and scale as more data arrives.

4. Reliability

Government agencies can’t afford to go dark. In fact, the FBI has invested more than $20 million to assure it doesn’t happen to them. With a reputable cloud provider, Recovery Time Objectives (RTO) and Recovery Point Objectives (RPO) are maximized to avoid any disruption in activity. Government agencies who partner with a reputable cloud provider can also benefit from  Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS), Computer Room Air Conditioning (CRAC), physical security features (HID card, PIN, biometric access), encryption for data-at-rest and data-in-flight, and 24/7 surveillance.

5. Support

Many government agencies don’t like to be the first to take the leap. But today, the U.S. Army, Air Force, and Navy, along with the Departments of Justice, Agriculture, and Education, have all taken their operations to a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC). Now, the Department of Defense (DOD) is preparing to make the move. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has made it clear that the Pentagon must take aggressive steps to embrace emerging cloud technologies to maintain military dominance. In addition, a 2017 memo from Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan ordered the creation of the DOD Cloud Executive Steering Group. The goal? “To devise and oversee the execution of a strategy to accelerate the adoption of cloud architecture and cloud services.”


The G-Cloud: Powering Florida’s Government Agencies

If you’re considering migrating your data to the cloud, consider DSM’s G-Cloud. G-Cloud is the first—and only—Florida-based VPC solution designed for national, state, regional, and local government agencies. We ensure strict security protocols, 99.99%+ uptime, and a complete compliance package; meeting the requirements for CJIS, HIPAA, PCI, and SOC 1 and SOC 2. Even better? DSM’s G-Cloud is now available for purchase through the GSA contract. Learn more about the G-Cloud difference and the GSA advantage here, or contact one of our IT experts today for a free consultation.

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