The rapid acceleration in IT innovation has created enormous challenges for the public sector to keep pace with digital transformation. The good news is that recent efforts have pushed IT modernization to the forefront of the administration’s agenda, and federal agencies are being provided tools with which they can close the gap and achieve the benefits of digital transformation.
Last December, the much heralded Modernizing Government Technology Act, also known as the MGT Act, was signed into law. Among other things, the bill allows federal CFO Act agencies to reprogram or transfer funds into an agency IT working capital fund where they can then be used to modernize existing systems, transition to cloud computing or other innovative technologies, or address evolving threats to information security. “The improved efficiencies from the MGT Act will empower agencies to modernize their legacy IT systems, better protect our data from cyber-attacks and ultimately save billions in taxpayer dollars by reducing long-term spending,” said Rep. Jerry Moran (R-Kansas).
Just recently, the White House released The President’s Management Agenda: Modernizing Government for the 21st Century. The program outlines three key initiatives for modernizing government:
Modern information technology must function as the backbone of how government serves the public in the digital age.
Data, accountability, and transparency initiatives must provide the tools to deliver visibly better results to the public, while improving accountability to taxpayers for sound fiscal stewardship and mission results
The workforce for the 21st century must enable senior leaders and front-line managers to align staff skills with evolving mission needs.
Finally, the General Services Administration established IT Modernization Centers of Excellence to centralize best practices and provide assistance to federal agencies for evaluation and implementation of IT modernization projects, foremost of which is cloud adoption. Cloud adoption can offer a clear path to IT modernization by enabling agencies to realize substantial benefits around security, performance, agility and cost. However, with several major data breaches over the past few years, security concerns continue to lead agencies to take a more conservative and gradual approach in cloud adoption.
Oracle Cloud provides the enterprise-level security features federal agencies require. Oracle database cloud service provides multi-layered, in depth security features, like encryption at rest and in transit, by default, with highly available and scalable service delivering speed, simplicity and flexibility for faster time to value and savings.
And Oracle provides the most complete identity management solution for secure access and monitoring of hybrid cloud environments. An identity SOC that provides actionable intelligence and bi-directional control helps ensure the security posture of Oracle’s customers by safeguarding against the rapidly evolving threats of the digital age.
You can learn more about how Oracle is addressing the challenges agencies are facing with cloud security and data protection at Oracle’s Cloud Security Breakfast Seminar on April 26, 2018 at 8 a.m. at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington, DC. You will hear directly from an executive panel that includes Oracle’s Chief Information Security Officer, Gail Coury and FedRAMP Security Evangelist, Ashley Mahan as they discuss identity management, data protection, threat detection and response, and evolving government mandates, including FedRAMP. Register here: www.Oracle.com/fedsecurityseminar.