Three challenges facing government

Today, government agencies face a complex set of challenges. They must keep data safe, meet rising citizen expectations and control costs – all in an ever-shifting regulatory environment. 

1. Security

Governments need to protect confidential data, sensitive information and critical systems from security threats.

  • Governments must adhere to stringent security standards
  • Cyber-threat levels and the costs of breaches are increasing
  • Cloud adoption adds to data protection challenges

$3.62 million

The Ponemon Institute reports that the average cost of a data breach was $3.62 million per event in 2017.

2. Personalization

Governments possess a wealth of data, data they can use to create outstanding citizen experiences. To use this data, however, your agency must contend with strict privacy regulations and a variety of data sources.

  • Citizens expect unified, personalized, “always on” service
  • Growing and aging populations increase demand for services
  • Both volumes and complexity of data are rising

3. Modernization

Most IT government budgets are spent running less modern systems that may be less flexible or efficient than newer options.

  • Agencies often need to develop modernization plans to receive government funding and must shift spend from maintenance to innovation
  • IT teams are tasked to speed DevOps and may be asked to provide services to other entities within the government

$80 billion

GAO reports that 75% of the $80B spent on IT went to maintaining outdated systems. (1)

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