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DOD pushing JRSS to the cloud

As the Pentagon works to reduce the physical footprint of its servers, it is moving its Joint Regional Security Stacks to cloud technology and deploying more off-the-shelf technology such as Windows 10, according to former DOD CIO Terry Halvorsen.

JRSS performs firewall functions, intrusion detection and prevention, enterprise management,  and provides a host of network security capabilities, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency. It allows DOD components to host large sets of dataon the cloud and provide the platforms for processing and analysis of the data.

Just prior to his departure, Halvorsen said technological migration to “state of the art street technology” will increasingly be used to ingest data throughout all DOD networks.

“It’s the first time we have done all this with completely off-the-shelf equipment.  That’s a big culture change that I think will sustain,” said Halvorsen.   

This development, Halvorsen emphasized, will allow cyber professionals to better monitor what is flowing through networks in terms of both content and volume. The effort will enable a collection of servers and security tools that will, in many cases, replace firewalls.

“I mean big multiples. Six, seven – even 800 firewalls,” he added. “JRSS simplifies the network structures, it makes this easier to see what's going on.”

DOD and industry experts predict that staying with government-only IT modernization programs would put DOD on a path that commits to technologies that become obsolete by the time they are operational.

Roughly 90 percent of DOD operating systems will be on Windows 10, Halvorsen explained.

“Let’s start moving at the speed industry can move,” he said.

“Deploying JRSS enables the department to inspect data, retrieve threat and malware data on the network and troubleshoot, patch, protect and defend the network,” a DISA statement said.

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Kris Osborn is editor-in-chief of Defense Systems. He can be reached at kosborn@1105media.com.

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