When it comes to cybersecurity and the Intelligence Community (IC), staying one step ahead of our adversaries is critical. However, this is often challenging when government networks are essentially just waiting to be penetrated.
What if the IC could create a new network architecture each day? This would create a world of challenges for cyber attackers, and minimize the time that networks wait to be compromised.
This is the new vision of Jason Hess, Chief of Cloud Security, at the National Geospatial-Intelligence (NGA), who aims to leverage “fast-churn” cloud-based architectures to achieve this goal.
According to this recent FCW article, the NGA wants to take advantage of cloud’s flexibility to tear down the agency’s IT architecture and rebuild it every day so that would-be attackers will confront a confusing operating environment and enjoy limited time-on-target.
One way to achieve this it to fast-track the ability of cloud providers to receive their authority to operate (ATO) certifications, which can take up to six months to receive. With this new approach, the goal would be for cloud providers to receive their ATOs in 24 hours or less.
As we highlighted earlier this month, the Oracle DoD Community Cloud allows the U.S. military to take advantage of cloud-based solutions that improve efficiency and drive greater productivity, while at the same time, have assurances that Oracle Service Cloud delivers against process and security control requirements.
Two years ago, the Oracle Service Cloud received a Provisional Authorization (PA) from the U.S Department of Defense (DoD) under the DoD Cloud Security Model at security impact Level 4.
For the NGA to achieve this vision, it needs the right industry partners that can help move efficiently and effectively towards re-building its networks on a 24-hour basis. Thankfully, this is a challenge that surely industry will accept, and be able to fully deliver on with the needed results – especially if their ATOs can be fast tracked.
For creating a new vision for network security, we are naming Hess and the NGA as this week’s GovTransformers. Stay tuned for our ongoing coverage of other federal executives and their agencies that are truly transforming how they support mission goals through the most effective use of IT.