Data transfer in the cloud

Cyber Command's Big Data Platform has cloud troubles

The U.S. Cyber Command said it won't be able to deploy its Big Data Platform without added engineering expertise, analytical development and software license renewals, according to a Nov. 26 FedBizOpps posting.

The BDP ingests packet capture data and performs and delivers analysis to mission partners in support of USCYBERCOM operations. The BDP allows USCYBERCOM "to increase secure information sharing and collaboration, enhance mission effectiveness, and decrease server costs, through the use of a scalable cloud computing infrastructure," the notice said.

BDP is part of the newly awarded warfighting platform, Unified Platform, and the technology license for the component responsible for configuring and operating it, the Rapid Analytic Deployment Management Framework, is set to lapse.

Enlighten IT Consulting currently holds the license, and unless it's renewed, Cyber Command won't be able "to transition the BDP from the Amazon Web Services (AWS) GovCloud environment to a USCYBERCOM AWS GovCloud environment," according to the notice. 

About the Author

Lauren C. Williams is a staff writer at FCW covering defense and cybersecurity.

Prior to joining FCW, Williams was the tech reporter for ThinkProgress, where she covered everything from internet culture to national security issues. In past positions, Williams covered health care, politics and crime for various publications, including The Seattle Times.

Williams graduated with a master's in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park and a bachelor's in dietetics from the University of Delaware. She can be contacted at, or follow her on Twitter @lalaurenista.

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