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Army Makes Use of Cloud Platform During Network Integration Evaluation Drills

ArmyChopperA U.S. Army combat brigade has utilized a cloud computing-based enterprise cybersecurity platform during the service’s Network Integration Evaluation drills, Nextgov reported Monday.

Bob Brewin writes that tactical network defense in the latest semi-annual NIE exercise was managed remotely via the Host Based Security System, a Defense Department platform used to monitor and counter cyber attacks.

Col. Thomas Dorame, commander of the 2nd Brigade of the 1st Armored Division, told Nextgov the cloud technology needs to be updated to meet battlefield operations tempo.

“We have learned that the enterprise level [network defense]  has to be resourced and be responsive to a BCT’s OPTEMPO,” Col. Beth Bierden, chief of the network integration division for the Brigade Modernization Command told the publication, Brewin reports.

“We will work with the stakeholders to implement that in the future and also look at what capabilities we can give to the BCT with the level of expertise they will have,” Bierden added.

NIE “is about more than a server location; it is about trying to better manage network security from the enterprise and taking control of some aspects of network control or defense that were formerly located within the BCT,” said Margaret McBride, spokeswoman for Mike Krieger, acting Army Chief Information Officer.

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