Office365 FAQs - Why is the USCG moving to O365?

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The Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security mandated that all components shift their Enterprise to cloud-based Office services as part of a larger Cloud strategy.

Due to the rapid pace of technological advancements, IT assets have a shelf life of 5-10 years before manufacturers no longer support them. Unsupported assets (also known as legacy assets) present major cybersecurity risks to an organization. Like many other government agencies, the Coast Guard’s email infrastructure is still running Exchange 2010, which will reach its end-of-life in January 2020. Moving to a cloud-based infrastructure improves the Coast Guard’s cybersecurity posture and eliminates the need to fully recapitalize IT assets on a 5-10 year life cycle, which is expensive, time-consuming, and impractical.