Cloud Data Security Report: Government
According to the 2019 Netwrix Cloud Data Security Report state and local governments are not very happy about moving more of their data to the cloud, despite various U.S. federal government initiatives aimed at encouraging cloud migration, e.g. the 2010 Cloud-First policy and the 2011 Federal Cloud Computing Strategy. In fact, the number of organizations that are ready to implement a cloud-first strategy or become 100% cloud-based has decreased by almost 20% since 2018.
One of the reasons is the lack of resources. 92% of IT teams at government organizations don’t have sufficient budget for cloud security, and management at 50% of organizations leave IT on their own when it comes to cloud security initiatives. As a result, they cannot ensure data security in the cloud, and their organizations face security incidents and cannot identify the threat actors responsible for those incidents. It’s no wonder that public sector organizations refrain from moving more data to the cloud; in fact, 26% of them are even considering moving data back on premises due to high costs and security concerns.