via SIGNAL Magazine
When it comes to the transition from command, control, communications, computers and intelligence (C4I) systems to cloud computing architectures, both the challenge – and the promise – boil down to “getting the right information to the right individual at the right time and doing it securely.”
Teri Takai, assistant secretary of defense for networks and Defense Department chief information officer (CIO), offered her thoughts on the path to cloud computing as the keynote speaker for the AFCEA Solutions Series conference, titled “Critical Issues in C4I,” sponsored by AFCEA International and the George Mason University C4I Center on May 24-25.
Takai acknowledged that it is “hard to go to a conference these days where they aren’t talking about the cloud,” and she offered a progress report on some of the current initiatives relevant to the Defense Department’s transition to the cloud. She outlined a broad set of initiatives aimed at computer network defense, which focus on detecting anomalous behavior to uncover potential problems originating from within organizations; pilot security programs in the defense/industrial base; and a governmentwide supply chain risk management strategy, including a working agreement signed in May between Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano in the area of cybersecurity.
Takai described other steps either completed or in progress, including creating the U.S. Cyber Command within the Defense Department; initiating steps to reform information technology acquisition policies; standardizing and simplifying information technology consolidation efforts; eliminating data centers; and addressing identity management.
The most tangible of those efforts now underway concerns the effort to consolidate all email in the Pentagon’s sphere, possibly under a common operating platform hosted by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), which is one of the scenarios under consideration.