Federal Government IT managers face a daunting challenge. They’re asked to ensure that the collection, processing and storage of data used by their agencies adheres to the strict security and operational regulations that govern certain types of sensitive information. This all needs to be done despite shrinking budgets and the difficulties of leveraging legacy infrastructure while simultaneously moving more workloads to the cloud to comply with critical policy initiatives like “cloud first.”
Since the declaration by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in 2010 that the government must give priority to cloud-based applications and services, agency managers have struggled to make the transition away from legacy systems.
But they’ll need to. Gartner, a leading research firm, has urged CIOs and IT managers to develop plans for a cloud solution that meets their agencies’ data security needs. “Develop a business case for the preservation of records in the cloud, taking into account the whole-of-life costs, including search, retrieval and potential exit,” the firm recommended in its report “Is Cloud Fit for Government Archiving?”
Challenges for Data Management
The OMB and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) have set goals that include requirements for electronic recordkeeping to ensure digital transparency, efficiency, and accountability, as well as demonstrated compliance with federal records management statutes and regulations.
Issues agencies must address include ensuring compliance with regulations such as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, (FedRAMP), and the Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS). The goal is to keep government data safe from corruption, accidental deletion, or getting lost; to prevent the mishandling of highly regulated information by unauthorized users, and to establish a single access point of visibility with granular controls over administrator access.
How Druva’s Solution Cuts Through Complexity
Druva enables government agencies to protect and govern their data by combining leading security and backup technology with the availability and scalability of the public cloud.
Druva provides data protection and governance across laptops/desktops, mobile devices, cloud applications, and servers, both physical and virtual. By offering information management through leveraging the public cloud, we create a single pane of glass to protect, preserve and discover information.
With Druva’s solution you can:
- Ensure government data is safe from corruption, accidental deletion or lost devices
- Prevent the mishandling of highly regulated information by unauthorized users
- Establish a single point for policy enforcement
Druva inSync for endpoints provides a central view for backup, availability, and governance. Administrators can create business policies, monitor activity, and meet strict compliance requirements in one place. It leverages the proven reliability of Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud to deliver a centrally managed service built on the most secure infrastructure in the public cloud. It features endpoint data protection, data compliance monitoring, secure file sharing, and legal hold management and discovery enablement.
Druva Phoenix for physical and virtual servers brings together backup, disaster recovery, and archival in the cloud, removing the burden of legacy infrastructure and significantly lowering TCO. It simplifies the process by enabling managers to back up straight to a government certified cloud environment. It mitigates the difficulty of managing mixed environments from a central location, as many times remote agency sites lack the tools to protect their data.
Overall, Druva’s inSync and Phoenix solutions give agencies a compliant data protection solution that works for agency IT managers.
By utilizing AWS GovCloud, the government’s most widely accepted cloud platform for mission-critical workloads, Druva provides the advanced management capabilities needed to thoroughly protect and control agency data.
Druva and AWS GovCloud
To provide the most secure and robust cloud-native data protection solution for government agencies, Druva built our SaaS applications on the government-focused AWS GovCloud platform. This is a U.S.-based isolated AWS Region specifically design for U.S. government agencies to handle sensitive workloads in the cloud. AWS GovCloud adheres to International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) as well as the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) requirements, among many others.
With FIPS validated security and AWS GovCloud availability and durability, data is protected while meeting government requirements for security and information governance for physical and virtual workloads, providing complete protection, archival, compliance, and discovery.
To take the next steps, I would recommend looking at the following.
Modern Data Protection Solutions for Government
Leveraging the Cloud to Solve Government’s Archiving Challenges
Druva’s Government Solution Page