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Study: Agencies Should Consider Security, Performance Risks in Cloud Adoption

cloud securityA new Market Connections report indicates that many government agencies do not have plans or are still considering plans to adopt cloud computing technologies as they identify security risks as a major concern, FCW reported Thursday.

Jonathan Lutton writes that the General Dynamics-commissioned report found that agencies are wary of unauthorized data access or leaks, technology defects and data recovery capability as they consider use of managed hosting, infrastructure-as-a-service, software-as-a-service or platform-as-a-service.

He also notes that respondents pointed to performance-based issues in migration of applications, data segregation across several customers, data recovery upon service cancellation, vendor lock-in and technology maturity.

Lutton writes that agencies should consider these risks alongside the benefits when they plan a migration to cloud.

He says agencies should work with an experienced cloud services provider and a partner to oversee the migration and system performance, leverage a flexible cloud strategy that adapts to changing requirements and avoid vendor lock-in.

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