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DISA considers cloud for cyber network monitoring

The Defense Information Systems Agency's Acropolis program is a centralized data brokering service, providing global situational awareness of the DOD Information Network (DODIN). It ingests terabytes of defensive cyber operations alerts, logs and other cybersecurity network traffic from DOD sources and commercial threat intelligence services, enriches the information and delivers it to internal and external subscribers.

DISA wants to expand the capabilities of its cyber situational awareness program with an infrastructure-as-a-service instance for controlled unclassified information (Impact Level 5) and classified information up to Secret (Impact Level 6).

Acropolis uses specialized cross-domain data transport solutions to move unclassified data to an isolated classified Secret environment, where analysts can use classified tools on unclassified data.

The Acropolis infrastructure, according to DISA, is "'Where we Fight' cyber adversaries."

A cloud instance of Acropolis would provide computer, storage and backup for backend services, databases and servers in a dedicated virtual private cloud. It would require, however, that data brokering and cross-domain services remain within DOD.

DISA is seeking a vendor that can expand the existing Acropolis transport network to the cloud without using commercial transport services or cloud provider gateways. A DOD-owned network encryption device and router hosted within the cloud provider's facility will ensure data confidentiality, integrity and availability between the DODIN  infrastructure to the cloud provider’s IaaS virtual environment.

Read the full sources-sought notice here.

About the Author

Susan Miller is executive editor at GCN.

Over a career spent in tech media, Miller has worked in editorial, print production and online, starting on the copy desk at IDG’s ComputerWorld, moving to print production for Federal Computer Week and later helping launch websites and email newsletter delivery for FCW. After a turn at Virginia’s Center for Innovative Technology, where she worked to promote technology-based economic development, she rejoined what was to become 1105 Media in 2004, eventually managing content and production for all the company's government-focused websites. Miller shifted back to editorial in 2012, when she began working with GCN.

Miller has a BA from West Chester University and an MA in English from the University of Delaware.

Connect with Susan at smiller@gcn.com or @sjaymiller.

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