U.S. Army cloud migration seeks to reduce cyber vulnerabilities involving time-sensitive combat decisions

July 20, 2020
Cloud migration is expanding throughout the service at lightning speed, which naturally brings a host of previously unprecedented advantages.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army is working to leverage the advantages of cloud migration and simultaneously ensure data security, taking on what could be characterized as a paradox. Kris Osborn at The National Interest reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

20 July 2020 -- Cloud migration, which is expanding throughout the service at lightning speed, naturally brings a host of previously unprecedented advantages such as more ubiquitous data access, broader information sharing and what could be called a nearly instant ability to pull down the data needed to make time-sensitive combat decisions.

For instance, multiple nodes across a dispersed attack formation simultaneously could access vital intelligence stored on a centralized server. The cloud advantage is often described as centralized information with decentralized networking, execution and information transmission.

Alongside helping to expedite crucial war zone networking, the cloud also can present cyber vulnerabilities by virtue of there being widespread access for potential intruders should they be able to breach a single point of entry. Part of the answer or approach to this challenge, intended to maximize cloud benefit while reducing risk, is to implement data-transfer organization and scaling.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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