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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.

  1. 1

    Classify information properly

    Since only data that’s classified as RESTRICTED or below can be used with a public cloud service, classifying information in your organisation is essential.

    Make sure you know classification levels for information systems before doing their risk assessments.

    Classify information

  2. 2

    Know the benefits of using public cloud services

    There are immediate and long-term benefits to government organisations using public cloud services.

    Benefits of using public cloud services

  3. 3

    Use your organisation’s cloud plan

    Check your organisation's approach to public cloud services and if there's already an approved tool that meets your business needs. Your responsibilities for a cloud plan depend on whether you're:

    • part of the senior management team
    • a leader in a business unit
    • in another role in your organisation.

    Use your cloud plan

  4. 4

    See how to buy public cloud services

    Government organisations can access public cloud services by using:

    • All-of-Government agreements
    • Marketplace contracts
    • separate contracts with other providers of public cloud services — set up by you and your organisation.

    Ways to buy public cloud services

  5. 5

    Use the risk assessment tool

    Government organisations need to do a risk assessment for the information they want to use with a public cloud service.

    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

  6. 6

    Use your organisation’s process for assessing risks

    Government organisations should have a process for assessing risks approved by their senior management.

    There might be situations when your organisation is developing or improving the process and need an example template.

    Create or improve your organisation’s process for assessing risks

Help with public cloud services

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

Join the Cloud Capabilities Network — help with public cloud services

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