Government institutions put on cloud and cybersecurity

IT executives realize that government organizations, like enterprises, are moving towards a digital transformation. Research carried out by Gartner showed that 18 percent. respondents representing public institutions admitted that digital transformation is a key strategy for them. The respondents also defined the priorities of their activities. Most often they pointed to ensuring security and minimizing the risk of data loss (13%), followed by ensuring compliance and regulation (12%), introducing technological innovations (11%).

IT Directors from government organizations also disclosed their investment plans. Cloud services were ranked first (19%), followed closely by cybersecurity (17%) and analysis of large data sets (16%)

Many IT chiefs in governmental organizations strive to balance CAPEX and OPEX spending. One way is to go to the cloud. I think that they should consider cloud services as a way to accelerate the processes of digitization of their institutions and optimize business processes - says Rick Howard, Vice President Gartner.

Government institutions put on cloud and cybersecurity

As you approach the digital world, the demand for workforce and the work culture itself are changing. One of the biggest problems is the shortage of personnel that could reduce the number of incidents related to IT security. Unfortunately, hackers reach for more and more sophisticated attack methods. Governmental organizations have become a tasty morsel for them, because they collect large amounts of data about citizens. Therefore, investing in cybersecurity and IT infrastructure is crucial for the protection of taxpayers' data.

Business leaders drew lessons from lessons given to them by cybercriminals. Cracks on the image as well as individual losses have been so painful that organizations are willing to devote more resources and attention to minimize the risks associated with cyber attacks - adds Rick Howard .

This problem also occurs in Poland, where the process of creating a cyber security system is underway. In April last year, the government adopted the National Policy Framework for Cybersecurity of the Republic of Poland for 2017-2022. One of the basic tasks set out in this document is to achieve a high level of resilience of national ICT systems.

Our decision-makers recognize the seriousness of the situation and take the first steps that give us moderate optimism. The law on the national cyber security system should enter into force this spring. Although in the budget for 2018, there was no money for cybersecurity, although there is no doubt that the government that puts digital services on the citizens' needs must provide funds for data protection - says Mariusz Politowicz, a certified Bitdefender solutions engineer in Poland .

Gartner's research was based on conversations with 3160 IT executives from 98 countries, including 461 employees of government institutions.

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