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Report: New DoD Cloud Strategy Seeks to Decentralize Procurement

cloudAn upcoming release of the Defense Department‘s new cloud strategy aims to give individual agencies the capability to pursue commercial cloud procurements independently compared to the current cloud brokerage practice, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Frank Konkel writes that a draft of the “DoD Cloud Way Forward” document indicates that the department plans to limit the Defense Information Systems Agency ‘s responsibilities to vet and contract cloud services across DoD.

The update seeks to help address concerns that the current process slows down the work of defense agencies to acquire cloud tools and retains DISA’s role in security assessments, the report said.

Other changes indicated in the draft focus on the distinction between DoD computing systems that are national security systems and those that are not, Konkel reports.

He adds that this classification would also change security control baselines, risk levels and security impact levels used to categorize computing systems, which DoD could also soon align with civilian government standards.

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