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Gartner: Security Will Outclass Agility and Cost for Government Cloud Moves

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Gartner: Security Will Outclass Agility and Cost for Government Cloud Moves

January 25, 2016
By Steve Anderson
Contributing Writer

There are a lot of reasons to make a jump to cloud-based systems: portability, ease of access, and—as is currently the case in many situations—agility in operations and often-lower costs. Security has generally been one of the biggest impediments to taking advantage of cloud-based tools, a development cloud-based systems providers have been working hard to counter. That hard work is paying off, and soon, Gartner (News - Alert) projects that government agencies will be making moves to the cloud for security's sake more than anything else.

By 2018, Gartner projects, security will be the primary reason cloud moves are made, ahead of even agility and cost savings. As described by Gartner research director Neville Cannon, cloud service providers like Amazon Web Services (News - Alert), as well as Google and Microsoft, have put an astonishing amount of focus in security, making cloud security a much stronger proposition today.

Cannon elaborates, noting that there are still some roadblocks like issues of nationalism and region—the issue of  ”data sovereignty” is a major sticking point—but this appears likely to only slow growth, not stop it. Adoption rates are likely to gain, and more chief information officers (CIOs) in public-sector operations will be taking closer looks at the cloud. Cloud use may be limited at first to low-to-medium levels of so-called “sensitive data,” but gains in security aren't likely to stop.

Gartner didn't stop there, however, noting that over half of Tier 1 support services will be provided by virtual personal assistants by 2018. The advances in both machine language processing—where machines learn to parse instructions as provided by normal speech—and cognitive learning should help drive virtual assistant use. Over 25 percent of government agencies will allow for “bring your own algorithm” operations to drive innovation at the workforce level.

Those interested in hearing more about security issues will be in good company at the ITEXPO event, as a keynote presentation at 10:00 am Wednesday, January 27 will tackle similar issues. The presentation is titled “APIs: The Future of Business,” and looks at the application programming interface (API) and its role in business development, including security. ITEXPO (News - Alert) is currently on at the Broward County Convention Center in Fort Lauderdale.

Such developments will have major impact on the way the workforce is made up and accomplishes its tasks; the idea that one might not be able to seek employment with a government agency without having some level of software development skill by 2018 is downright chilling. The loss of jobs caused by a large-scale shift to virtual assistants could also be pronounced, but if it means decreased government spending, it might also mean improvements in private sector hiring thanks to potentially reduced tax bills.

In the end, both business and government operations are likely to be deeply shaken up by advancing technology. What these advances will ultimately mean for the rank-and-file is largely unknown, but the pace of technological advance cannot be held back. 

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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