Study Examines Government Cloud Adoption and Shadow IT

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Public sector organizations have unique security concerns. U.S. federal agencies estimate that 32 percent of their data cannot be moved to the cloud due to security and data sovereignty issues.3 Of course, the security controls offered by cloud providers vary widely. Analyzing more than 10,000 cloud services across over 50 attributes of enterprise-readiness developed with the Cloud Security Alliance, Skyhigh found that just 9.3 percent achieved the highest CloudTrust Rating of Enterprise-Ready. Only 10 percent of cloud services encrypt data stored at rest, 15 percent support multi-factor authentication, and 6 percent have ISO 27001 certification.

Federal, state and local governments are migrating to cloud services to take advantage of greater collaboration, agility and innovation at lower cost. However, despite clear benefits, 89 percent of IT professionals in government feel apprehension about migrating to the cloud.1 That being said, many public sector employees are less apprehensive and are adopting cloud services on their own, creating shadow IT. Under FITARA, U.S. federal CIOs have new obligations to not only oversee sanctioned cloud services procured by the agency, but also shadow IT, which has brought to light a great deal of uncertainty about how employees are using cloud services in government agencies.

To better understand these trends, Skyhigh Networks has published a "Cloud Adoption & Risk in Government Report." Findings were based on anonymized usage data for over 200,000 users in the public sector in the United States and Canada, rather than relying on surveys, which ask people to self-report their behavior.

1 Meritalk “The Fabric of Your Data: How to Manage Data in a Multi-Cloud, Multi-Vendor Environment”

 

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