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Why the Center for Internet Security moved its storage to the cloud

June 13, 2019

In anticipation of the 2020 election, the Center for Internet Security says it plans to distribute as many as 150 additional Albert sensors, devices that monitor computer networks for intrusions, to state and local governments by the end of the year. The nonprofit has provided more than 400 such devices to agencies since it began distributing them in 2010, but as network traffic and the number of sensors has grown, the group has had to update its storage technology, a CIS employee told a conference audience on Wednesday.

CIS Chief Technology Officer Brian Calkin said the organization eventually ran out of storage space in its on-site data center at its office in East Greenbush, New York, prompting a decision in late 2017 to migrate to the Amazon Web Services cloud.

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