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Amazon-CIA Deal Would Fit Intel Community Strategy
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3/22/2013 | 10:41:16 PM
re: Amazon-CIA Deal Would Fit Intel Community Strategy
Who's more likely to keep the Chinese hackers out of the CIA's data? The CIA IT staff or the Amazon Web Services security team? I don't know for sure, but I can see how the Amazon team would have some advantages. It would be managing a more uniform environment. It would be able to build defenses in depth over that standard environment and maintain a strict set of behaviors that were unreasonable or suspicious for that environment. With automated, real time monitoring, it might isolate an attack as it starts instead of responding after it's done damage, This is not to diss a federal agency's security. I'm sure it's very good. But the cloud vendor starts off with the advantage of a environment on which it's imposed and maintained certain requirements. Over many years, most federal IT and most enterprise IT ends up with more of a mixed bag, meeting many different momentary needs. Charlie Babcock, editor at large, InformationWeek
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John Foley,
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3/22/2013 | 4:01:09 PM
re: Amazon-CIA Deal Would Fit Intel Community Strategy
If it happens that Amazon builds a private cloud within the fence lines of the CIA/IC, that would be among the newest and most compelling examples of public sector adoption of private sector best practices. The model itself isn't new -- there are plenty of government-owned, contractor-operated (GO-CO) data centers. But it may be the first example of an Amazon cloud in a federal data center, and an intelligence cloud at that. Many unanswered questions, but a real cloud first if true.


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