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How to adopt public cloud services

What to do before using public cloud services, and how government organisations make them available to their people.

Before using public cloud services

You must consider your government organisation’s business context and do a risk assessment.

Use the risk assessment tool for public cloud services to help with your organisation’s approved process.

How to use the tool to help with your risk assessment

Help with public cloud services

In addition to the information on, the Government Chief Digital Officer (GCDO) has set up a network for learning about using public cloud services.

Join the Cloud Capabilities Network — help with public cloud services

How to buy public cloud services

Government organisations can access public cloud services by using All-of-Government agreements or Marketplace contracts. You and your organisation might also set up separate contracts with other providers of public cloud services.

Ways to buy public cloud services

Use your organisation’s cloud plan

Your organisation’s cloud plan should:

  • focus on adopting public cloud services — in some cases, other types of cloud services might make sense
  • take advantage of the opportunities of using public cloud services
  • manage the risks and change needed in governance and management of your organisation’s information communication technology
  • ideally, focus on approaches instead of specific solutions — for example, the zero trust approach moves your security controls from static, network-based perimeters to focus on users, assets and resources.

Write and carry out a cloud plan

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