recommended reading

EPA email to move to the cloud by early 2013

Bulatnikov/Shutterstock.com

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to move about 25,000 employees and contractors to Microsoft’s cloud-based Office 365 for Government email, calendar and collaboration system by early 2013, the agency said Wednesday.

EPA signed a $9.8 million contract with Lockheed Martin Corp. to manage the transition, which the agency expects will save $12 million in four years, according to its announcement.

“This transition will improve EPA employees’ access to communications and mobility tools and will offer the EPA significant cost savings by reducing the agency’s energy footprint,” Microsoft and Lockheed said in a joint statement.

EPA will join a growing list of agencies that already have moved to cloud-based email and collaboration systems, including the General Services Administration and the Agriculture Department. Most agencies have moved to systems offered by either Microsoft or Google.

In August, GSA entered into blanket purchase agreements with 17 vendors that migrate and manage cloud email services to help speed the government’s move to Internet-based email and to lower transition costs. In addition to Microsoft and Google cloud email platforms, those  vendors also offer Domino Web, an IBM email system, and Zimbra, an open source system.

The government expects to ultimately save $5 billion by moving one-fourth of its technology budget to the cloud. 

(Image via Bulatnikov/Shutterstock.com)

Threatwatch Alert

Thousands of cyber attacks occur each day

See the latest threats

JOIN THE DISCUSSION

Close [ x ] More from Nextgov
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from Nextgov.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Featured Content from RSA Conference: Dissed by NIST

    Learn more about the latest draft of the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology guidance document on authentication and lifecycle management.

    Download
  • PIV- I And Multifactor Authentication: The Best Defense for Federal Government Contractors

    This white paper explores NIST SP 800-171 and why compliance is critical to federal government contractors, especially those that work with the Department of Defense, as well as how leveraging PIV-I credentialing with multifactor authentication can be used as a defense against cyberattacks

    Download
  • Toward A More Innovative Government

    This research study aims to understand how state and local leaders regard their agency’s innovation efforts and what they are doing to overcome the challenges they face in successfully implementing these efforts.

    Download
  • From Volume to Value: UK’s NHS Digital Provides U.S. Healthcare Agencies A Roadmap For Value-Based Payment Models

    The U.S. healthcare industry is rapidly moving away from traditional fee-for-service models and towards value-based purchasing that reimburses physicians for quality of care in place of frequency of care.

    Download
  • GBC Flash Poll: Is Your Agency Safe?

    Federal leaders weigh in on the state of information security

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.