How can you secure success for your public sector cloud journey?

Building cyber resilience helps your public sector organization embrace disruption safely while maintaining citizen trust.

Canadian public service organizations must overcome unique cybersecurity challenges to support scalable and sustainable growth, while protecting government and citizens’ sensitive data.

While cloud offers new opportunities to modernize services and transform operations, security is often seen as the biggest inhibitor to a cloud-first journey—but in reality, it can be its greatest accelerator. But uncertainty about security and compliance rules, managing large volumes of sensitive data and a shortage of skills can be major roadblocks to a cloud-first journey.

We have identified six common cloud security challenges faced by Canadian public service organizations and solutions to turn those challenges into successes.

Fear and uncertainty

Fear of the unknown, specifically uncertainty about security and compliance rules shouldn’t hold your organization back from realizing the value of cloud.

Playing nice with the neighbours

Collaboration across large public entities can be challenging. Security and compliance groups are facing increasing demands and should always be integrated or involved from the beginning.

The data dilemma

Public sector organizations excel at protecting citizen data, but the large data volumes can be challenging to manage - especially in a cloud environment.

Reinventing the wheel

Some organizations believe cloud service providers are solely responsible for security controls. But the responsibility for security must be shared. However, this landscape can be tricky to navigate.

New skills, new people, new paths

Hiring skilled employees is not easy – security clearances are a prerequisite for many positions in the Federal Government, and the process can be time-consuming, especially new Canadians.

Mixing and matching

If architectural guidelines aren’t clearly defined, multi-cloud environments may be deployed inconsistently. This is an invitation for breaches, thanks to delayed identification of security incidents.

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Final word: Keep your eyes on the prize

At Accenture, we are committed to helping the public sector accelerate and secure their digital transformation.

Our newly created multi-service group, Accenture Cloud First, brings together the full power and breadth of Accenture’s industry and technology capabilities, ecosystem partnerships, and deep commitment to responsible business.

The Canadian public sector faces unique cybersecurity challenges and our experience will be your advantage during the transformation. Download our new report to learn more about these public sector cloud security challenges and how your organization can conquer them.

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