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Meet Cabinet’s requirement for public cloud

Cabinet requires government organisations to use public cloud services, when possible, for their information.

Cabinet decision — public cloud services

When deciding on how an information system will operate, the New Zealand government’s Cabinet decisions require government organisations to:

  • adopt public cloud services in preference to traditional information technology systems
  • have a plan for how they intend to use public cloud services
  • make adoption decisions on a case-by-case basis following a risk assessment
  • only store data classified as RESTRICTED or below in a public cloud service, whether it’s hosted onshore or offshore.

Cabinet minutes for public cloud services

How to meet Cabinet’s requirement

Follow these steps to check if public cloud services are right for your information.

  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

    See how to adopt public cloud services

    Understand what goes into using public cloud services, such as the need to:

  4. 4

    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

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