IBM Survey: Government IT Modernization Driven by Security Concerns
Escalating Cybersecurity and Ransomware Attacks Make Spend on Cybersecurity a Priority for Government Agencies Next Year, Many Agencies Expect 3 Plus Year Timeline to Comply with New Cybersecurity Executive Order
ARMONK, N.Y., July 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- According to "Government Index for IT Modernization", a new study of current and former U.S. government IT decision makers, commissioned by IBM (NYSE: IBM), nearly 70% of those surveyed view security risks as the top barrier when migrating to modern cloud platforms. Of those surveyed, security also now outweighs reducing costs by almost double as the reason to modernize IT infrastructures.
Recent cybersecurity threats including SolarWinds, one of the largest supply chain attacks in recent history, and the Kaseya cyberattack impacting 1,500 global organizations, have put a spotlight on current cyber threats and existing vulnerabilities. In an urgent response, President Biden issued an executive order, urging federal agencies to modernize and protect their data from existing and future threats.
As federal government agencies look to make decisions for their long-term strategies, IBM's new market research, "Government Index for IT Modernization" provides insights into the critical role of security and privacy in cloud adoption and modernization decision-making. The study, conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of IBM, surveyed over 500 current and former IT government decision makers based in the U.S. found:
"With the President's executive orders, the U.S. Federal market is facing a massive transformation to its cybersecurity strategy which requires a great deal of technological modernization. While this is a priority for government IT decisions makers, our survey found that they view security as both a driver and barrier to modernization," said Howard Boville, Head of IBM Cloud Platform. "Enterprise technology providers are stewards of massive volumes of personal data, and we need to do our utmost to protect this data. A public and private sector partnership that adopts an open and secured hybrid cloud architecture with sophisticated security capabilities can help agencies ensure that data truly remains theirs, even in a multi-cloud environment."
Managing Transformation and Risk in Hybrid, Multi-Cloud Environment
IBM has a long history of collaboration with the U.S. Federal Government helping it innovate, adapt and transform over a multi-decade journey. This includes helping government agencies ease cloud adoption, improve efficiency, bridge varied cloud environments, and ensure mission critical workloads are integrated with security.
Based on the results of the new study, IBM suggests the following insights for managing risk while modernizing:
For more information about IBM's work in the US Federal market, visit: https://www.ibm.com/industries/federal
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