Many IT managers (30 percent) are missing the opportunity to maximize their budgets by transitioning to operational expenditures because they just don’t realize what is available to them, according to the survey.
However, moving federal websites and computer systems to cloud storage rather than using in-house data center storage is one way to make headway on operational expenditures. Agencies can pay for cloud storage like a utility, where cost is based on how much storage they use. In short, federal agencies would save money and use it elsewhere because they wouldn’t have to buy new servers or maintain them.
Additional survey results are available in this recent Next.gov article.
Security breaches can have more severe consequences than lost or stolen data. In the case of one government official in Utah, cybercrime may have led to his resignation.
According to an opinion piece in Government Technology, Utah’s CIO submitted his resignation last month, after the state’s IT officials discovered that health and Medicaid data for nearly 800,000 residents — including 280,000 Social Security numbers — had been stolen from a poorly secured server operated by the state's Department of Technology Services.
According to the story, the state was dealing with a significant increase in cyberattacks in the months preceding the massive security breach – to the extent that they didn’t take the time to conduct preventative measures, such as scanning their networks, to thwart additional risks.
The article, which originally appeared in GOVERNING, is a cautionary tale that demonstrates some of the other negative outcomes of security breaches. At the same time, the piece provides advice on what steps, such as better document classification, that agencies can take to avoid these situations.
Most important, government officials and agencies need to make sure that cybersecurity issues are addressed in an ongoing manner rather than when something goes wrong.
To read the full story, click here.
Government Technology recently interviewed the state and local government CIOs to gather their thoughts about cloud computing. Overall, government officials think the idea of moving the cloud is refreshing. They say the move will force government to become more agile, and will force them to decide what IT services are kept in-house versus what is handed off to the private sector.
For all of their thoughts, click the link below to watch the video.
Watch the video.
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