Cloud Computing and the Intelligence Community — Do they fit?

Apparently yes! In fact, Bob Gourley, the Chief Technology Officer at Crucial Point, says the Intelligence Community is leading the cloud computing charge. He’s just wrapped up a whitepaper for the Intelligence Community.

He told Chris Dorobek on the DorobekINSIDER program why.

Bob Gourley talks Cloud Computing with Chris Dorobek by cdorobek

The 8 Big Takeaways from Gourley’s White Paper:

  • Decision makers in the Ic are appropriately focusing on the business model implications of cloud computing. cloud computing is not just a new technology, but a significant shift in the consumption of It resources and allocation of It funding.
  • Within the Ic, the decision to adopt a cloud model is focused on mission enablement and must be determined on a case-by-case basis. the evaluation of cost savings must bear in mind costs over the complete lifecycle, rather than a periodic budget cycle.
  • Information security can be enhanced through a cloud computing approach, but only when it is built into the model’s design. If security is not part of the design, cloud computing architectures dramatically increase risk.
  • The type of cloud deployment model adopted will be determined by the sensitivity of data hosted.
  • Those looking to migrate to the cloud must consider impacts on organizational culture.
  • Improvements to how agencies acquire services, software, and hardware are strongly desired by most personnel involved in the implementation of cloud computing, and many believe that the adoption of a cloud solution may catalyze these changes.
  • As standards for cloud computing emerge, thoughtful federal input can contribute to greater security and cost efficiencies. any organization contemplating adopting a cloud architecture, including those within the Ic, should include the ability to support multiple standards.
  • Lessons learned from the It industry, the private sector, and academia must inform Ic decision making. Sharing lessons learned is essential to reducing risk

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