The Office of Management and Budget posted the final version of its cloud smart strategy. First drafted in September 2018, the strategy includes a list of action items “to advance the Cloud Smart agenda.” It also requires federal agencies to “rationalize their application portfolios” to support cloud adoption by assessing application portfolios and discarding those apps that are “obsolete, redundant, or overly resource-intensive.” The CIO Council said it will develop best practices and other resources to help agencies with the rationalization process.
The cloud smart work plan will be executed over an 18-month period, and will be updated as the cloud market and technologies evolve. Read the final policy here.
Campaign security assistance, at a discount
Microsoft announced Microsoft 365 for Campaigns is now available at a discounted price for U.S. federal political campaigns and national-level political parties. The service brings together Office 365, Windows 10 and Enterprise Mobility+Security with Exchange Online for Email, SharePoint and OneDrive and Teams along with other Office applications such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and more.
A simple setup process allows admins to implement features like multifactor authentication, Office 365 Advanced Threat Protection, protection of mobile apps and documents and the ability to easily install security patches and updates to Office apps. The security service is available for $5 per user per month. Find out more here.
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