As part of the Army's data center consolidation efforts, the service will merge data centers run by several Army components into a single facility run by a commercial cloud service provider at Redstone Arsenal in Alabama, reports Federal News Radio.
For the past six months, the CIO Council's Cloud TIC Interagency Working Group has been working with cloud service providers to determine how to best meet the FedRAMP TIC overlay capability requirements.
In September 2014, the Government Accountability Office found that seven major agencies collectively doubled the percentage of their IT budgets for cloud computing services from 1 to 2 percent from fiscal years 2012 to 2014.
Hoping to tap into the business and mission benefits of co-locating Defense Department data with the data of its contractors, DoD is crafting a hybrid cloud computing strategy that would allow commercial cloud providers to serve non-government clients on infrastructure that is physically located at military facilities.
Federal Chief Information Officer Tony Scott Sept. 9 said the federal government and industry need to rethink the "building blocks" of information technology systems as well as develop the next-generation IT workforce to better address the cyber threats faced today.
The government solutions company is leading the integration effort that will help the agency take advantage of cloud computing services.
The Defense Department Wednesday initiated two sets of policies to enforce stricter guidelines when dealing with the 10,000 contractors the department trusts with offsite cyber information.
The agency said the guide isn't official DoD or DISA policy, a security requirement or technical implementation guidance, but "a collection of best practices discovered during the DoD [Chief Information Officer] Cloud Pilots effort."
The General Service Administration reports that 82 percent of cloud implementations in the federal government are now covered by a security authorization through the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.
More than five years ago, Dawn Leaf led the National Institute of Standards and Technology's work to write a cloud computing roadmap for the federal government. Since that time, there's been no shortage of additional resources for departments to rely on as they move systems to the cloud, but as Labor Department chief information officer, Leaf sees an important element missing.