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Kevin Jackson: Despite promise, intelligence community has ways to go on cloud adoption

By Tim Watson
Posted Mar 18, 2013 in Technology
Kevin L. Jackson, a vice president and general manager with NJVC, recently wrote a blog post regarding the recently assembled Cloud Computing Task Force, which the Intelligence and National Security Alliance will leverage to investigate how the Intelligence Community can take advantage of the transition of federal information into cloud computing-based platforms.
Moving across more than 50 interviews with policy makers from the private and public sector, Jackson said there is an understanding gap of how cloud computing can be optimized at all levels of IC and federal use, even though its commonly understood how practical its applications are in locating data and correlating it for missions.
The conversations uncovered a consensus that this may stall cloud platform deployment and leave the intelligence community out in the cold.
Recommendations for agencies included adopting new cloud-relating roles, functions and policies, while the intelligence community may need to relax information sharing protocols (good luck).
Some other signification conclusions:
Policy makers in the IC must more strongly consider how cloud adoption affects overall business models when allocating IT funds.
For successful implementation, the expected cost savings must cover a complete lifecycle and not only a periodic budget cycle.
Cloud adoption will generate great risks if information security is not included in the information architecture.
The impact of cloud migration on organizational culture must be taken into consideration.