Cloud system adoption is progressively growing the state and local level governments. Research Company Gartner predicted the growth of government use of Public Cloud services with spending forecast to grow 17.1 percent on average per year by 2021. Across all the industries, companies spend an average of 20.4 percent of their IT budgets on the Cloud compared with 20.6 percent for local governments.
State and local governments IT leaders say the Cloud helps them to innovation and utilizes the Cloud for all manners of IT tasks and to gain a wide range of efficiencies. For instance, The California Department of Technology provides Cloud-based Infrastructure as a Service to other state agencies. The Douglas Omaha Technology Commission, the centralized IT department for Omaha, Nebraska, uses Google Cloud to augment collaboration and incise IT infrastructure costs. While in last year, Kansas State shifted its cattle brand registration program to the Cloud that enables the state to streamline and move online their process that was previously done through the mail.
Research Director at Gartner, Neville Cannon noted that the key step to effectively implementing Cloud services in government is accounting for the unique technical, procedural, organizational, and regulatory issues of individual organizations. For instance, national level governments usually see Cloud as a long-term pathway to strategic IT modernization, whereas local and regional governments tend to follow the instant tactical benefits of innovation and cost savings.
Despite the Cloud benefits, security is always a top concern for the state and local government IT leaders. Last year in April, Symantec, California-based Software Company argued on the best approach to Cloud security that was to use a unified, network-based platform with an agile security architecture that can manage the ever-changing cloud environment from the endpoint. Agencies should spend on data loss prevention tools to help uncover data loss blind spots in both sanctioned and unsanctioned cloud applications. Additionally, Symantec stated that amalgamating Cloud Access Security Brokers (CASBs) can widen an IT department’s reach to secure users and data as they interact with Cloud applications and services, giving visibility, and can make control directly over the use of an application.