The Cloud Smart federal cloud computing strategy emphasizes how important it is for agencies to see and monitor their data to find malicious activity before it can do damage, and notes that agencies won’t be able to maximize the cloud’s potential unless they apply those security policies.
“Agencies will need to think in terms of intended outcomes and capabilities, not merely programs, in approaching security holistically,” the Cloud Smart strategy states.
Flexibility Is Necessary for Agencies
That flexibility will be necessary as the federal government adapts to a new, modern way of working. One change or challenge may reveal more questions than anticipated, sending an agency down a path its workers don’t expect. Working in the cloud enables an agency to respond in a more agile way, keeping data under control while retaining the ability to innovate quickly.
Cloud managed services can assist, providing guidance when it comes to the big picture while letting agency IT staff focus on the moment.
As staff grow used to working in the cloud, such services can provide valuable support through the learning curve. Collaboration is key to getting technology in place, running so smoothly that citizens have no idea what’s behind an agency’s terrific service. In the end, modernization is no longer a destination. It’s a journey, and citizens will benefit.