Public vs. Private: The New Executive Order that is Moving the U.S. Government to the Cloud

If you’ve been following the latest cybersecurity news, you may have heard rumblings of a new executive order mandating that the United States government improve its cybersecurity.

“We’ve got to move to the cloud and try to protect ourselves instead of fracturing our security posture,” said Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert in a White House briefing.

This massive undertaking includes tasks like implementing best practices from the National Institute of Standards and Technology, new hacking prevention tactics, and a focus on migrating to the cloud.

We’re no strangers to the complexities of government cybersecurity “Over the years we’ve earned a great reputation among Texas state and local governments due to our expertise at addressing their unique IT needs,” said our CEO, Tab Schadt.

Though the U.S. government may have moved more slowly to the cloud, we think it’s important to consider what this move may mean for the cloud strategies of businesses around the country.

Do you think your customer base is large? Consider this: the United States government serves the entire American public, in one way or another. With services like Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud taking on a vast amount of government data, there can be no doubt that uptime, appropriate resourcing, and service availability are going to be key concerns for providers and agencies alike. If we assume that the need for near-perfect performance will inspire delivery of ever-improving services from cloud providers, no longer can private corporations use performance as a reason to stick to outdated infrastructure setups.

Security is a common reason business give for continuing to deploy systems on premises. Given that the United States is moving to the cloud as part of a cybersecurity initiative, this premise seems outdated. After all, services like AWS, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud are now taking on the most sensitive of government data. But it’s irresponsible to assume that service providers bear the full brunt of securing data—minimizing risk requires adopting an aggressive security posture, through mandating safe data practices and training employees as first-line defenders in the war against cyber attacks. In doing so, businesses can enjoy all the benefits of the cloud (like improved performance, uptime guarantees, and easier access), without sacrificing security.

There’s no denying the fact that migrating to the cloud can be a complex process full of moving parts. As we discussed in our last blog, preparing for a migration is critical to its long-term success, especially for a project as large as the one mandated by this recent executive order. If the government is comfortable taking up the challenge, businesses should feel confident in their ability to do the same. Partnering with a solutions provider or building out your company’s in-house resources is a good first step towards ensuring a successful migration (and you can be assured that the U.S. agencies will be staffing up and working with consultants throughout their migration process). From there, it’s a matter of having the right cloud solution, the right processes in place, and the right training to enable your end-users to succeed.

We are excited to see how the United States progresses through its migration. If you’re interested in moving to the cloud, take a look at our infographic to evaluate and understand your readiness. Ready to move forward? Contact us here.

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