Complex cybersecurity is a compelling reason why many state and local governments move to the cloud.

Complex cybersecurity is a compelling reason why many state and local governments move to the cloud. Cloud service providers have the resources to employ dedicated cybersecurity personnel that most individual government IT operations find difficult to match. However, this doesn’t absolve government technology leaders from the responsibility of securing the enterprise and protecting sensitive constituent data.

Managing security in cloud environments involves making the “best of a fragmented security architecture,” says Center for Digital Government (CDG) Senior Fellow Deb Snyder. “It becomes about data — how it’s stored, how it’s accessed, and how that becomes the top priority.”

Governments face multiple challenges, particularly as they manage hybrid IT environments in which on-premises systems connect to data and applications stored in the cloud — or in multiple clouds. Insecure application programming interfaces […]