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At the tactical edge, DoD’s cloud ambitions require rethinking of security for its ‘virtual estate’

It’s been seven years since the federal government first announced its “cloud first” strategy, and like most other federal agencies, the Defense Department has already accomplished some of the basics, like migrating its email systems to cloud-based platforms and shifting some applications from government-owned data centers to infrastructure-as-a-service providers.

The next steps may prove more challenging. At its seniormost levels, DoD has made clear that it wants to use cloud technologies at the tactical edge, where reliable network connectivity is never a sure thing. That will mean more adoption of technologies that can securely store and forward data to and from the battlefield whenever communications are available, letting warfighters leverage big data analytics and hyperscale computing from wherever they are.

DoD’s next moves toward cloud computing are also likely to demand a broader rethinking of its approach to network security and identity management.  They’ll need to take account of a technology landscape in which the military’s critical data assets are dispersed across a multicloud architecture – some of it operated by the government, and some by various industry partners.

Market Evolution and Cloud Technology

One of the things we’ve been doing is really trying to help our customers understand how we look at security today when we manage our own cloud infrastructure…it’s really a question of what signal do you want to collect to identify that something bad has happened?

Cloud Security

When we talk about multiple clouds, we’re seeing this across the board already … We’e going to see these digital estates grow based on the particular solutions leveraging the best of breed capabilities in each of the clouds.

 

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