DISA to serve as Defense's cloud service broker

The Defense Information Systems Agency has been designated as the Defense Department's Enterprise Cloud Service Broker, and therefore components will have to either obtain cloud functions through the agency or obtain a waiver from the DOD CIO's designated review authority, the agency said in a July 11 news release.

In a June 26 memorandum to top DOD leadership, DOD CIO Teri Takai said that DISA will perform cloud broker functions as part of a continuing effort to achieve IT efficiencies and improved reliability through cloud service offerings, the news release said.

The designation of DISA to that role is intended to promote the use of cloud computing services available within the government and private sector that furnish the best capability at the lowest cost with the appropriate level of performance and security protections, the news release said.

In its role as DOD Enterprise Cloud Service Broker, DISA will be responsible for making it simpler for components to deploy, integrate and maintain cloud services. DISA also will negotiate rates and ensure that components receive tailored joint cloud services based on their technical and mission requirements.

In addition to cloud services provided through the department, DISA will arrange for DOD components to use commercial cloud services that meet established federal requirements and make those services available through standardized contracts, the news release said. Furthermore, DISA will ensure that such cloud services comply with information assurance and cybersecurity policies.

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