Addressing Cloud Security for Municipalities

Addressing Cloud Security for Municipalities

Security is a hot topic when it comes to municipalities these days, as cities across Canada, and the world, are increasingly the target for cyberattacks. In just the past year, an alarming number of Canadian municipalities have been subjected to cyberattacks.

Just a few of these include:

Cyberattacks on cities can have serious consequences—from costly ransomware payments through to serious risks to public safety.

Security Concerns Prevent Municipality Cloud Adoption

The Municipality IT department also suffers as a result of cyberattacks. Apart from the obvious reputational damage, cyberattacks also make key stakeholders wary of any new IT initiatives. In some cases, this prevents IT from introducing much-needed technology such as the cloud.

Recently the Center for Digital Government surveyed state and local government technology professionals to gauge their cloud ambitions and identify sticking points. Not surprisingly, security was a key issue. More than one-third of respondents indicated they do not fully understand or appreciate the security controls available in the cloud.

Overcome Cloud Security Concerns

Despite security concerns, there is growing evidence that the cloud outperforms traditional IT when it comes to security. Organizations that move to the cloud benefit from infrastructure built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations, as well as access to the latest security technology.

However, there are additional steps you must take to ensure your security, such as identity and access management, encryption and networking traffic protection. That’s why we’re teaming up with AWS to deliver a cloud security education session at the upcoming Municipality Information Systems Association (MISA) Conference.

The session covers fundamental cloud security practices you need to undertake to protect your municipality and alleviate stakeholder security concerns. You can catch us there as follows:

Secure Cloud Adoption: Where to Start?
MISA BC Fall Conference and Tradeshow, Whistler
Fairmont Hotel, Frontenac Ballroom A
September 10, 11:35 AM–12:05 pm

If you aren’t able to make the session but you still have cloud security questions, we’re happy to help. Reach out to us on our form below and we will be in touch.

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