The need for efficient data protection and storage management solutions in local government has never been greater.
Given the budget pressures passed down by the powers at Westminster, it remains evidently clear that local government – in particular IT departments – are under immense strain.
The last few years have seen a continued pressure at all levels of government to respond quickly and accurately to citizen requests and to share more information about policies and procedures.
As well as this, all areas of government remain at risk of cyber attacks and breaches. Given the potentially-catastrophic consequences of cyber security breaches, a recent report from IBM acknowledged that up to 63% of government organisations do not have an integrated digital strategy and defined methodology for addressing cyber security issues. Given the very real threat of cyber breaches, data security will be pivotal in protecting and securing public sector services moving forward.
Coinciding with this, the demand for more and better information in public sector departments is always increasing and this means the likelihood of new and better systems being introduced remains. They key for IT departments is to deliver new initiatives that add value to the departments in which they are deployed. In particular, cloud solutions are now mandated as a first option with central government procured solutions through G-Cloud reaching over £3.5bn in 2018
Councils and those in local government need to reduce the complexity and cost of safeguarding public information assets, while ensuring access to critical public services and avoiding any additional financial, management or personnel burden that would increase the pressure on authority budgets.
But despite spending levels and financial constraints remaining a constant challenge for local governments and councils, the importance of fast, efficient and smart IT systems is paramount.
Key challenges for IT professionals in local government
So, when it comes to data protection and storage management, the key challenges facing IT professionals in local government include:
- Ensuring data remains secure and protected at all times
- Managing and controlling data growth
- Understanding your environment and how it’s performing
- Meeting compliance requirements and legislation
- Ensuring you have a disaster recovery plan in place
- Driving down costs without impacting the delivery of service
- Considering a move to cloud-based solutions
Tackling the above is by no means an easy fit, IT professionals need to have confidence in the solutions they are using when addressing these vital issues.
Introducing Data Custodian from Celerity
Celerity’s Data Custodian suite of data protection and storage management solutions will undoubtedly assist you in meeting those challenges whilst delivering safe, secure and agile operations for your business.
Data Custodian is a modular portfolio of data protection and storage management solutions that provide secure data optimisation and proactive backup strategies for enterprise.
It provides guaranteed levels of protection and continuous access to valuable data, allowing you to meet compliance requirements whilst improving the operational efficiency of your data protection solution, whether it be on or off-premise or in the cloud.
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