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Secure Cloud Computing and the Aerospace Industry

By:Christine Fettinger

As we have seen more and more, Cloud Computing redefines how businesses function across the board. The Aerospace and Defense Industry is not exempt from this; Cloud Computing has revolutionized the way that the Aerospace and Defense Industry does business.

Aerospace and Defense (A&D) has felt the impact of a struggling economy with sequestrations affecting both their budgets and how they do mergers and acquisitions. Because of this, the Cloud’s potential to reduce costs while synchronizing aspects of production looks increasingly attractive.

Some of the main benefits A&D has seen from the Cloud include:

  • Increased supplier audit consistency and reducing compliance reporting costs through unifying management systems across an organization
  • Use of smartphones and tablets to efficiently manage production and design, thanks to Mobile Device Management
  • Reduced tooling costs by saving prior configurations and calibration
  • Reduced inventory levels and increase in service levels due to automating workflows in cloud-based systems

Adding to this industry-level demand, the Department of Defense has been pushing for a more cloud-based system. The CIO of the DoD, Teri Taki, has recently released a 10 point IT Modernization plan, that emphasizes the Cloud as a necessary first step for Aerospace and Defense to move forward.

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Not all leaders in the A&D industry, however, are totally sold. The most frequent concern voiced among top officials when it comes to moving to the Cloud is security. In a highly regulated industry like Aerospace, IT security is a necessary element of doing business and without adequate security measures, the Cloud will not be effective in this industry.

Luckily, industry demand for Cloud-based solutions has actually forced faster paced innovation and development of Cloud security. The DoD’s continued push for higher security means that commercial cloud options must keep up with demand. The results are beneficial for all involved; highly secure cloud solutions are viable options for the Aerospace industry.

Like it or not, Cloud computing has come to the Aerospace and Defense Industry and is not likely to g o anywhere anytime soon.


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For a more in depth report on how Cloud Computing has had an impact on the A&D industry, visit the article on Forbes.