In 2014, the Government of Australia made a momentous decision to define a cloud first focus for the nation, by creating the Australian Government Cloud Computing Policy. The primary objective being to digitise key citizen functions that need easy accessibility while guaranteeing safety and security of the data involved. Through this policy, the Government aims to consolidate the nation’s fragmented IT infrastructure via cloud architecture.
This policy recognises that moving to the cloud provides Government agencies with immediate cost savings and longer-term strategic benefits. In the short-term, there are significant operational cost savings, increased efficiency, enhanced flexibility and scalability, security and data storage. In the longer-term, adopting cloud assists agencies to focus on their core strategic competencies by outsourcing generic IT services that can be better and more cost-effectively delivered by a specialist cloud provider.
While security is always a key consideration for organisations moving to the cloud, Government cloud requirements are even more stringent. After all, we live in a world where trust in Government is easily lost and hard to gain.
The reason for this rigour is that Government entities are managing public data – much of which could be considered PII (Personally Identifiable Information), which is protected by various laws throughout the world. This additional requirement for structure can make it even more difficult for Government to adopt cloud-based solutions. Therefore, to ensure that the Australian Government truly benefits from using the cloud, a thorough certification process was created. Also, Government agencies and partners have the additional responsibility of being mindful of what data is moved to the cloud. They also need to ensure that it is protected at the right levels, while catering to the nation’s cyber security requirements.
This is where Vault plays a pivotal role. We are proud to be one of the few organisations whose cloud-based services are approved to store ‘Protected Data’. Vault assures you that the data stored with us is sovereign and under the Australian jurisdiction and that no other country has access to it.