DOD advances automation, cloud migration
As the Pentagon works to integrate computer automation, migrate to the cloud and secure its data, it is also moving to a common architecture and accelerating its user of artificial intelligence algorithms to detect malware and intrusions, said Carl De Groote, senior director for DOD at Cisco Systems.
“We create a common operating environment to collapse layers of old network architecture and deploy data across the DOD,” De Groote said.
De Groote explained that Cisco uses multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) to increase interoperability between networks, whether they're on premises at data centers or off premises in the cloud.
MPLS is designed to engineer shorter paths and greater efficiency between nodes on networks, making it easier to share information. The security of the network is centralized into regional architectures instead of locally distributed systems at each military base or post, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
“Deploying [Joint Regional Security Stacks] 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.
In some cases, computer automation can replicate human behavior in an effort to deceive and track cyber intruders; automation can give attackers the impression that they are tracking human activity when they are themselves being tracked.
Increased automation and AI are used to deploy advanced security tools to increase detection speed for anomalies. Cisco is working toward a government-required security level called Impact Level 5, or IL5.
“DOD can identify attacks more quickly and share information in response faster. This gives cyber missions a predictable environment. The next step is end-point security and managing traffic,” he said.
Also, JRSS not only reduces the hardware footprint of systems but greatly enables improved visibility of data moving across networks, De Groote said.
“We are ready to help them in the spirit of the JIE (Joint Information Environment) to standardize and automate so they can reduce the overall complexity of delivering IT applications,” De Groote added.
Kris Osborn is a former editor of Defense Systems.