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How Government Can Secure Users and Data in the Cloud

Tyson Moler
Regional Vice President, Oracle Public Sector Security and Systems Management

The benefits of cloud computing are becoming reality for government. Agencies now have faster access and availability to compute environments, integration across systems is simplified, and technology administrators can focus on high-value tasks. While these benefits lead to greater innovation, better insights, and less risk – they also create a challenge for agencies to maintain configuration and security controls as data and environments proliferate outside the network.

To best enable utilization of cloud applications and platforms, agencies need to equip technology and business leadership with visibility into service configuration, user behavior, and data security. Monitoring these factors across cloud services will help administrators manage risk without inhibiting their mission. After all, we are all in the customer service business.

By incorporating machine learning and artificial intelligence to baseline the activity and control across environments, agencies will be able to eliminate irrelevant alerts and distractions. Better yet, consolidating these insights to a single dashboard prioritizes the high-risk, high-value issues.

With the appropriate tools in place to monitor enterprise cloud services, agencies – both civilian and defense – will be able to build business processes around this intelligence. These processes will enhance an organization’s overall security posture by allowing security monitoring capabilities to be integrated within IT operations. In this way, agencies will have tools to better identify lateral threats, and enforce common controls on sensitive data.

Oracle offers the tools to help government build a robust cloud security framework, while providing functionality to assist governments in meeting their stringent compliance mandates. Such a framework allows agencies to accelerate cloud adoption with established common controls to manage services, users, and data across all environments.

Not every public sector organization starts with the same priority… so Oracle’s cloud security solutions – Oracle Identity Cloud, Cloud Access Security Broker, and Management Cloud – are built to address immediate requirements while providing an integrated, holistic vision for the future.

I would be remiss to leave out that Oracle’s vision for this technology platform is heterogeneous across market vendors. This capability provides ubiquitous service across cloud services. In this way, we are growing with you.

To learn more about how your organization can best protect data in a multi-cloud enterprise, please see my presentation at the FCW Workshop: Security Innovation in the Cloud on Thursday, February 21 in Washington, D.C. I look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

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