A 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.