Pentagon works to fortify secure cloud computing for collaboration between DOD and the defense industry

May 17, 2021
The DOD’s overall cloud access architecture inhibits its ability to collaborate efficiently with outside companies because of security mandates.

WASHINGTON – The Pentagon’s Silicon Valley outreach arm soon will choose a vendor to secure access to cloud computing services to increase collaboration between the Defense Department and outside companies. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

17 May 2021 -- As part of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) secure cloud management pilot, three vendors could potentially be awarded success memos that would allow them to sell secure cloud access technology to any DOD component without re-competing.

This would providing DOD components with an easier route to access software tools over the internet at a time when the department is increasing its use of software as a service offerings. DIU will choose just one of the three vendors as its own provider.

Since last year, DIU has had collaboration with Google, McAfee and Zscaler on prototype capabilities to protect cloud access portals and will choose one for the job, which will help eliminate a hinderance to industry-DOD coordination.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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