It's not all rainbows and pots of gold in intel's move to cloud

It may be a long road ahead for the U.S. intelligence community as it faces resistance from agencies pushed to migrate to the cloud and, most likely, delays in reaping the financial rewards that have been promised, reports Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. at

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Security Agency may be on board with the move to cloud, but others “… who have budgets and agendas to protect will resist change," according to the new report “Cloud Computing: Risks, Benefits, and Mission Enhancement for the Intelligence Community.”

Ultimately, intelligence agencies will be required to move to the cloud, but Terry Roberts of Carnegie Mellon's Software Engineering Institute, former Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence and chair of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance’s cyber council, believes “The intel community as a whole will all get to benefit if they do it right."

Experts concede that the move to cloud may never deliver the mounds of cash first thought, but without it, the article notes, intelligence agencies’ legacy systems will become more costly to maintain and eventually obsolete.

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