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Montgomery County Leverages Professional Certifications for Secure Cloud Computing

Feb 18, 2014

Three years ago, Montgomery County IT officials foresaw the coming fiscal crisis and began looking at how they could continue to deliver high-quality but cost-effective access to the enterprise infrastructure, applications and data required by the government’s 34 departments and approximately 10,000 employees.

The solution? Cloud computing, whereby end-users store, manage and process data and access applications on a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet, rather than on a local server or PC. The model has a number of benefits including flexible costs based on usage, access to more storage and computing power without the need for major capital investment, a greater ability for employees to work remotely, greater flexibility and the ability for the IT department to shift its focus to other, higher-priority tasks.

For Montgomery County, the primary benefit driver was the ability to cut costs without cutting IT personnel or sacrificing security. Luckily, the IT team, using knowledge gained from (ISC)2’s CISSP certification, was able to draw on their fundamental knowledge of security to develop a plan and implementation schedule that not only successfully safeguarded applications and data but actually improved overall security and compliance. Learn how they did it.