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DISA to Implement Online Cloud Brokerage Service; Ronnie Hawkins Comments

PentagonThe Defense Information Systems Agency aims to launch an online service channel where Pentagon organizations can acquire cloud computing products and services by the end of fiscal 2014, Federal News Radio reported Wednesday.

Jared Serbu reports DISA is the Pentagon’s official cloud broker and has responsibility for the military’s cloud strategy.

“We’ve met with many industry partners already and we’re teaming with them on how we build the algorithms to automate this capability and put it out so that our consumers can use it,” DISA Director Ronnie Hawkins said during the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association’s Cyber Symposium held last week in Baltimore, Md.

He added the agency is working with military services on how to implement a public cloud and address the requirements of the future joint information environment, which seeks to unify military networks under a set of common technical standards and security architecture.

“We want to be able to normalize our networks so that you can have collaboration over our networks and you don’t have to have separate firewalls and networks to get business done,” Hawkins told the symposium audience.

Hawkins also said the Pentagon believes firewalls that prevent Internet Protocol-managed unified communications should be removed to improve cyber command and control.

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