Federal agencies — ranging from the Defense and State departments to the National Institutes of Health — are having second thoughts about moving government secrets and essential functions to the Web in the face of a growing number of cyberattacks from online assailants.
The agencies worry that a White House policy instituted late last year requiring them to move services to cloud computing — a policy dubbed “cloud first” — puts their concerns over cybersecurity second.
Some are holding off on making the jump to the cloud until security concerns are addressed.
“We’re sitting back and waiting since we are a security agency,” said Cynthia Cassil, director of systems integration for the State Department’s chief information officer. “We don’t want to be one of the early adopters. We want to be a follower — but we do want to comply with OMB [Office of Management and Budget] and put our toes out in the water.”