Gartner: Security will become the Main Driver for Gov't Cloud Implementations

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Businesses and startups aren’t the only types of entities that can gain value out of cloud based resources.
An article released by Gartner says that governments are increasingly moving towards cloud based solutions.
By 2018, Gartner predicts that governments will make the transition to cloud due to increases in security features, defeating the popular notion that cloud services are only used by entities that would like to save money.
Gartner also believes that more than 50% of government agencies will employ virtual assistants to help taxpayers and employees resolve tier 1 issues.
“Many cloud service providers, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, invest heavily in incorporating higher levels of security into their products to continue building confidence that their data is more secure,” mentions Neville Cannon, the Director of Research at Gartner.
“Many of these providers can invest more than what most nations could afford, let alone the average government agency,” added Cannon.
The biggest barriers that government cloud infrastructures must overcome is data sovereignty. Gartner predicts that government cloud adoptions will continue to accelerate all around the world, with these entities using public cloud to store low to medium levels of sensitive data.
Gartner’s next bold prediction is that up to 25% of governments worldwide will resort to a BYO-Algo policy.
BYO-Algo, which is short for Bring Your Own Algorithm, essentially allows employees the freedom to use next generation data discovery tools in order to provide additional value to the government agencies bottom line.
Gartner’s press release says, “The performance of government workers and organizations will be determined by the methodologies and algorithms they uniquely employ to turn data into actions that increase efficiency and effectiveness.”
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