American Cloud Jobs Plan

American Cloud Jobs Plan

On May 12, 2021, an executive order to enhance the protection of federal government networks through an improvement in the nation’s cybersecurity was signed by President Joe Biden. Malicious actors, as well as nation-state actors, have proved through sophisticated malicious cyber activities that both the public and private sectors are unsafe. The order calls for an acceleration in pace to move to secure cloud technology services and consistent deployment of foundational security tools. The American cloud jobs plan aims to create millions of jobs, including jobs related to cybersecurity and cloud technology.

The American Jobs Plan is the second part o Biden’s ‘Build Back Better’ agenda and looks to deliver resilient and sustainable infrastructure for the people of America. It includes the ambitious project of a renewed electrical grid. To attain and develop an infrastructure that truly looks to the most modern and advanced technological systems, the significance of cybersecurity is immense. Without the utilization of cloud technology, the resources and opportunities to bolster cyber defenses would go in vain.

Modernization and Implementation of Stronger Cybersecurity Standards in the Federal Government

The plan mandates the deployment of multifactor encryption and authentication within a specified time to ensure the raising of cybersecurity standards. The adoption of security best practices includes the employment of zero-trust security architecture and a model that allows a speedy shift to secure cloud technology. Removing barriers to threat information that gets shared between the private sector and the government as well as improving software supply chain security requires the resources and tools that cloud technology offers. Additionally, the plan looks to create a standard playbook to battle any cyber incidents that may threaten security. It also plans to establish a cybersecurity safety review board. With the plan in place, we can expect to see improvements in remediation and investigative capabilities as well as in the detection of incidents related to cybersecurity on federal government networks.
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$20 Billion Will be Allocated to Energy Infrastructure Contingent on Cyber Modernization

Many legislators, mayors, and governors realized the importance of modernizing the energy systems and drove investments towards cybersecurity, clean electricity, and grid upgrades. The energy system modernization block that the Department of Energy administers would receive huge support from this money for enhancing critical infrastructure. Not only that, but it will also create an environment that is favorable for and supports pollution reduction, job creation, and increased private investment.
Compliance with the security standards, technology, and energy of the 21st century is a necessity in the plan. Only states that design and implement policies and strategies that require the upgradation of technology to enable it to detect and block any malicious cyber activity will be eligible for the grant. The operational technology networks and information should be consistent with privacy and data protection.

Grid Resilience and Critical Infrastructure Will be Safeguarded

The areas with front-line communities, critical infrastructure, and high risk of power outages will receive distributed energy infrastructure worth $2 billion for grid resilience and micro-grid support. The vital domains, such as equipment reserves, supply chain readiness, efforts for winterization and floods, scale-up grants, and planning grants, will also benefit from this grant. However, resilience is not possible without efficient cybersecurity and adequate cloud technology. Therefore, the grant is made contingent on maintaining and meeting advanced reporting and sensor features. A portion of the funding will go to network and infrastructure investments that are standalone and maintain tightly gated access to the internet and other cybersecurity controls.

$100 Billion Will be Invested in Broadband to Promote a Secure Network

The capability of cloud technology to make broadband more high-speed, reliable, affordable is immense. The American Cloud Jobs Plan directs a huge sum to enable these purposes with the help of the cloud and simultaneously promote network security. Only those who source from trusted and reliable vendors will be allowed the grant. The plan also gives value to interoperable and open architecture and implementation of cybersecurity that adheres to the priorities and approaches described in the discussed executive order.
Modernization and optimum security measures encircling federal networks and Information Technology are also pressed upon in the ‘Build Back Better’ Agenda.

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Improvement of Activities Targeting Incident Monitoring and Response

The Cyber Security and Information Security Agency (CISA) is required to deploy modern endpoint protections to secure federal civilian networks, upgrade and enhance its ability and potential to support and aid security projects at departments and agencies, and improve its response capabilities. For this purpose, the agency has been granted $650 million to proceed and successfully enable the requirements.

Improvement and Expansion of the Technology Modernization Fund

Along with assisting agencies in delivering efficient and utility-providing services to the population of the United States, $1 billion is being granted for the improvement of the foundational technology that the federal government uses. The grant will also help in facilitating a quicker and safer shift to a secure cloud technology infrastructure and deploying the most advanced and reliable security upgrades. The realization of the significance of secure cloud architectures will enable effectiveness and ease across all the components of the American Cloud Jobs Plan.

Cloud Computing Technologies (CCT) has been actively developing cloud and compliance solutions for cybersecurity and efficient infrastructure applications for a while now. As a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), we’re given preference in running certain contracts within the public sector. At the back of a talented team of professionals with decades of collective experience developing, deploying, and renovating cloud services suites, we intend to fully leverage this advantage and provide our clients with robust, future-oriented solutions that make the process of cloud migration quick, feasible, and most importantly, as seamless as can be.

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