Market analysts point to significant increases in federal cloud spending from year to year, and many expect this trend to accelerate as cloud adoption reforms outlined in the government’s Cloud Smart initiative take hold.

However, as agencies move more applications and workloads to the cloud, their applications, security, and DevOps teams are experiencing new security, performance, and compliance challenges. They are finding that their traditional IT security and operations tools, skill sets, and approaches are not designed to meet the unique needs of cloud environments.