What a cloud-first strategy means for the DoN
The adoption of an enterprise cloud computing model could actually result in cost efficiency since funds being invested in software licenses would then be funneled into creating a more resilient and agile cloud setup to enhance the department’s overall operations.
Technology is changing at a rapid pace and agencies are looking for more cost-effective and reliable solutions to meet growing demands in a resource-constrained environment. Incorporating cloud computing as part of the overall IT strategy is an important step that will enable Defense agencies to take advantage of proven technologies and innovative solutions as they look to modernize and transform.
However, this also means that a strategic investment should be in place to increase security on data and applications in the cloud, as well as data ethics among personnel. As data openness increases, so does the risk of security. Robust cybersecurity systems, mutual accountability practices, and ethical review procedures are all pertinent factors in the cloud-first strategy.
“Much like the Internet 20 years ago, the cloud is a genie that simply will not go back into the bottle. However, this new environment demands a cybersecurity strategy that moves beyond prevention to continuous vigilance,” adds Dr. Julie E. Mehan, MetroStar System’s Director of Cyber Security Strategy & Alignment. “This requires a strategy that fully embraces the life cycle of cybersecurity from prevention to response and new technologies that facilitate big data analysis.”
While this signifies that there is an ever-increasing sense of government trust in cloud computing and managed IT services, it is important for government divisions like the DoN to also consider channeling their cloud migration savings into reinforcing cybersecurity and partnering with certified IT contractors, who will help ensure the success of the cloud-first strategy and the continuous modernization of the U.S. Navy.
To learn more about the benefits of adopting a cloud-first strategy, take a look at MetroStar’s cloud implementation services, which leverages big data to support cloud cybersecurity.