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Terry Halvorsen: DoD Eyes More Cloud Pilots, Industry Dialogue

Terry Halvorsen
Terry Halvorsen

The Defense Department is pushing forward its cloud adoption efforts and industry dialogue following recent updates on the commercial cloud acquisition policy and the Defense Information Systems Agency‘s cloud security guidelines, Nextgov reported Thursday.

Frank Konkel writes that Terry Halvorsen, DoD’s acting chief information officer, told commercial cloud service providers at a recent industry day event that the department expects several cloud pilot programs for unclassified information.

Halvorsen also noted that baseline security requirements for industry will continue to change in order to adapt to emerging cyber threats, the report said.

Jared Serbu of Federal News Radio also reported Friday that Halvorsen hopes continued engagement with industry will result in cloud services standards that apply to both the public and private sectors.

“All of you want your data to be secure too, and you in industry ought to be asking where your data is, because a lot [of] it is not very secure,” Halvorsen said at the industry day event.

“If we can raise that national bar together, we can do it much more effectively and much more efficiently.”

He also noted that DoD is exploring other approaches to address concerns about cloud services cost while not putting aside security, including the possibility of building private data distribution centers inside government facilities, Serbu writes.

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