Despite security being the primary concern among government IT decision-makers when it comes to cloud computing, many are still considering cloud applications for their agencies, according to new report.
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and its Cyber Security Alliance partners today released a study in which two-thirds of participants cited security as the most important aspect in their evaluations. At the same time, those more familiar with cloud computing are more than twice as likely to trust it — 57 percent versus 24 percent.
“The government is making strides in transitioning to the cloud, and we believe an intelligence-driven cybersecurity approach and asking the penetrating questions regarding cloud governance, availability and reliability are key to prudent adoption,” said Curt Aubley, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for cybersecurity and next generation innovations.
Security concerns are the single biggest reason agencies are slow in adopting the cloud, and there is a lot of hype surrounding cloud computing in the industry, he added.
In addition to worries about security, more than 75 percent of responded cite dependability, availability and the ability to continue using existing applications as elements that cloud-based solutions must address.
Meanwhile, more than 25 percent of participants identified mission-critical data management, procurement, and financial management systems as applications they would never consider moving to the cloud.