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Trump administration to move all federal IT into the cloud: Is it realistic?


On Thursday, US President Donald Trump signed his long-awaited executive order on cybersecurity, laying out his plans for addressing security in federal IT and across US infrastructure. The most ambitious mandate was that all federal IT systems move to the cloud.

President Trump's homeland security adviser, Tom Bossert, said in a Thursday announcement that the government had spent too much time and money "protecting antiquated and outdated systems." Bossert cited the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hack as evidence of failing legacy systems.

Bossert said, "From this point forward, the President has issued a preference in federal procurement in federal IT for shared systems. We've got to move to the cloud and try to protect ourselves instead of fracturing our security posture."

The executive order officially states: "Agency heads shall show preference in their procurement for shared IT services, to the extent permitted by law, including email, cloud, and...(continued)

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