The Defense Department is running a small-scale mobile device security pilot that could enable the department to move away from common access card readers for mobile devices by July.
The new tool provides secure voice and video exchange as well as the ability to share documents, PowerPoint slides, photos and spreadsheets in various formats. It also offers instant text messaging and chat functionality for multiple users.
The Defense Department plans to take the unclassified side of the its enterprise email to a commercial cloud solution, said Acting DoD Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen.
The Defense Information Systems Agency Jan. 13 publicly released guidance that updates and codifies enhanced cybersecurity requirements for implementing and hosting cloud computing systems for certain types of sensitive Defense Department data.
The Defense Department's information technology agency is seeking information about next-generation security capabilities that would protect complex systems against advanced persistent threats.
The guidance essentially codifies certain actions that have already occurred. For example, in August, Amazon Web Services became the first authorized commercial cloud provider to host sensitive unclassified data for DoD.
Two years after the Defense Department released a strategy to implement cloud computing, several elements have still not been completed that could potentially result in lost cost savings, decreased effectiveness and lower security – findings that the department disagreed with, a Dec. 4 audit revealed.
A memo to be released next month will allow the military services to handle their own acquisition of cloud computing technology rather than requiring them to work through the Defense Information Systems Agency.
The Defense Information Systems Agency closed its Huntsville, Ala., data center on May 30, a move that is expected to save the Defense Department about $3.2 annually.
Oracle Corp. has filed a protest to a $427 million cloud storage contract for the Defense Information Systems Agency even before it's been awarded.