Doug Wolfe: CIA to Roll Out Intell App Marketplace, Cloud Data Hub

Doug Wolfe
Doug Wolfe

The CIA is set to launch a marketplace of software applications designed specifically for U.S. intelligence agencies next month, Federal Times reported Thursday.

Aaron Boyd writes Doug Wolfe, CIA’s chief information officer, said the app store would allow intelligence personnel to try apps, subscribe to third-party services and download open source software products.

“The ability to do that and bypass a lot of the licensing process and everything else will be hugely valuable for our analysts and will give us the kind of mission outcomes we’re looking for,” Wolfe told Federal Times after his speech at a Cloudera-hosted forum held Wednesday in Virginia.

He also expects the agency to implement a Cloudera-made enterprise data hub in April, according to a separate report by Nextgov.

Frank Konkel writes the data platform is designed to run on a cloud infrastructure that Amazon Web Services has built for the U.S. intelligence community through a commercial cloud services contract.

Intelligence agencies using virtual private networks supported by AWS technology will also have access to Cloudera’s data processing and security platforms, according to Konkel’s article.

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