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CIA to Roll Out Amazon Cloud Platform in Summer; Douglas Wolfe Comments

cloud securityThe CIA is set to roll out a $600 million Amazon Web Services-developed cloud infrastructure in the summer for intelligence agencies to share information, Nextgov reported Friday.

Frank Konkel writes 17 agencies within the intelligence community will have access to computing and analytic services from the CIA and National Security Agency and pay only for on-demand resources they use.

“We hope to get speed and scale out of the cloud, and a tremendous amount of efficiency in terms of folks traditionally using IT now using it in a cost-recovery way,” Douglas Wolfe, CIA chief information officer, told a symposium in Washington.

AWS designed the public cloud to be based on private technologies and for intelligence agencies to host applications in compliance with IC standards, according to the report.

Nextgov reports administrators could set network access limitations based on user identity in order to facilitate collaboration while maintaining security.

Donna Hansen, National Reconnaissance Office CIO, has said her agency has selected its enterprise resource planning software applications for transition to the cloud platform, Konkel reports.

The IC cloud is also intended to receive updates when AWS releases updates for cloud services, the report says.

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