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Cloud Brings Peace of Mind to the Public Sector

Government agencies house countless bytes of critical data that are relevant to both the lives of citizens and issues of national security. Agencies rely on that data to carry out their missions, and are fully responsible for protecting the data.

While cybersecurity policy in the public sector previously relied on a siloed design, agencies are increasingly turning to cloud services to strengthen their security measures.

The AWS Cloud infrastructure is one of the most flexible and secure environments available today. It’s being used by multiple agencies—such as NASA, the Food and Drug Administration, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency—as well as by numerous universities, companies and nonprofits.

For instance, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) of the U.S. Dept. of Energy adopted cloud technology from AWS to build a secure, collaborative platform to collect, curate, store and share moderately sensitive data. “Security is paramount for us. The Department of Energy signed off on this cloud environment because they were comfortable with our security protocols,” said Chris Webber, senior cloud engineer at NREL.

“Using AWS, we worry less and spend less time and money on infrastructure. As a result, we can focus more of our attention on content and data quality and on making sure our renewable energy data is discoverable by researchers around the world,” Webber said.

Read the full Washington Post article here.