Awareness, Trust and Security to Shape Government Cloud Adoption

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The awareness, trust and security issues that have limited federal government adoption of cloud computing appear to be more perceptual than prohibitive, according to the Lockheed Martin Cyber Security Alliance survey on cloud computing and cyber security conducted by Market Connections, Inc. Professionals who are most aware of and involved with cloud computing and cyber security generally trust the cloud model, and do not consider it a leading security vulnerability. The findings suggest cloud utilization is poised for rapid gains as awareness of cloud computing and the related cyber security implications grow. Overall, a full 34 percent of federal government, defense/military and intelligence agency respondents are unfamiliar with cloud computing, and only 14 percent said their agencies had adopted it.