Weather forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are increasingly looking to use cross-domain information sharing products for personnel at other agencies to use, Mitch Jukanovich writes in a column for GCN.
Jukanovich, director of intelligence and civilian agencies at Raytheon Cyber Products Company, defines cross-domain products as “integrated systems of hardware and software that enable information transfer across incompatible security domains or levels of classification.”
As an example, Jukanovich pointed to how NOAA could Air Force officers access to unclassified weather information through a cross-domain product that would grant users access to information in real time despite being on different networks.
Companies seeking to offer their cross-domain products to federal agencies have the tools reviewed and approved by the Unified Cross Domain Management Office, which oversees that technology’s usage in defense and intelligence agencies, Jukanovich writes.
The UCDMO has approved 35 products from 15 companies for its Cross Domain Baseline List and Jukanovich believes such a selection helps information technology managers make decisions on which tools to use in their agencies.
“Because the solutions on the list have undergone community testing, the next agency to deploy the solution in a similar manner will benefit from that test evidence and speed the time to production,” he writes.