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DoD Unveils Military Commercial Cloud Strategy

cloudThe Defense Department has released a report on its planned approaches to ensure information security as the Pentagon pushes increase adoption of commercial cloud for military systems, Federal News Radio reported Monday.

Jason Miller writes that the “DoD Cloud Way Forward” guidance includes modified and separate requirements for non-national security systems, new impact levels, a new approval process for cloud service providers and 20 suggested policy reforms.

Acting Pentagon Chief Information Officer Terry Halvorsen noted in the paper a “cradle to grave” guidance coverage and action items to address potential barriers to cloud usage such as security requirements and legal concerns.

Miller reports that the distinction between national security and non-national security systems also identifies new impact levels for systems that handle controlled unclassified information and requirements that align with the FedRAMP program and specific mission needs.

In the paper, DoD also recommends the formation of an Enterprise Cloud Service Broker catalog and proposed policy and regulatory reforms for the DoD CIO.

The report said these changes aim to accelerate the deployment of military computing systems to the cloud.

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