The Navy will begin moving its systems that host publicly releasable information to commercial cloud service providers as a first step toward eventually deploying most of its systems to the cloud environment, said Navy CIO Terry Halvorsen.
Henry Sienkiewicz, vice chief executive for information assurance at the Defense Information Systems Agency, discusses the benefits of cloud computing and strategies in place for addressing the security challenges associated with it.
The Defense Department's strategy seeking to clarify the transition to cloud computing has cast a net wide enough to include commercial solutions.
The public and shared cloud markets pose perhaps the greatest challenge when it comes to cybersecurity.
ManTech International has won a $45 million task order to continue furnishing key services for the Army's primary system for processing and sharing intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data gathered from manned and unmanned sensor platforms.
Data users in the intelligence community will have access to a common desktop and common cloud-based network starting in March, says DNI James Clapper.
Security considerations may limit the number of military applications moving to the cloud, but some applications are eligible for migration.
The private sector has a lot of experience the Defense Department can exploit to speed efforts to secure computer networks from attack, according to industry executives.
The military services and defense agencies must determine which of several cloud architectures is best suited for them.
DISA and the Army have established accounts for more than a half million Army users of the Defense Department's enterprise e-mail program.