Survey: Cloud migration slow but possibly more confident

A new survey finds that although much of federal information technology has yet to move to the cloud, agencies may be gaining confidence and moving more critical systems to the cloud.

Ninety-five percent of respondents in a survey published Sept. 6 by nCircle say one-third or less of their infrastructure has migrated to the cloud, but 32 percent say they are migrating moderate impact data. More than 100 federal employees and contractors in senior management, IT operations, security, or risk and audit were interviewed by phone and in person from April 19 to July 6, according to report authors.

Thus far the Federal Risk Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP, hasn't significantly aided cloud computing adoption, finds the survey. Only 13 percent of those surveyed said that FedRAMP's baseline security controls have advances their agency's migration to the cloud. Thirty-three percent definitively said FedRAMP's baseline controls weren't helping advance migration and another 54 percent said they were unsure.

The survey also asked about agency mobility initiatives. Eighty-two percent of those surveyed said their agency had a mobile device security policy. Meanwhile, 91 percent said their organizations did not enforce mobile device security policies.

Similarly, 63 percent of survey respondents said their agency lacks a strategy for monitoring mobile devices and 38 percent said they did have a strategy.

For more:
- go to the survey, "nCircle 2012 Federal Information Security Initiatives Trend Study"

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