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DoD Changes Cloud Computing Policy

Changing culture is just as important as new technology, CIO Halvorsen says.

Terry Halvorson
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11/27/2014 | 9:05:24 AM
Defense Knowledge Online - Ahead of Its Time
Defense Knowledge Online (DKO or www dot dko dot mil) is all of this and was built on public address space (aka cloud) but wholly owned and operated by the military.  Unfortunately the combined forces effort was not embraced completely... the whole "let go" is not easy by any stretch of the imagination. While DKO (now back to Army Knowledge Online or AKO) had the mission and the capability, competing priorities from DISA did not help.

Having DISA be the prime for selecting cloud services is like asking an employee to select their successor when the employee has no intention of retiring or leaving an organization.  Moving DISA out of the lead of selecting competing services is the way to advance the WhiteHouse "Cloud First" directive.
Charlie Babcock
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11/17/2014 | 5:35:28 PM
A diversity of harder to hack
DoD can be a powerful example in the federal government. The changes are a good thing, At the same time, as military IT gets centralized in fewer data centers and among a handful of cloud providers, it will serve as z more identifiable and concentrated target. Let's hope some good thinking goes into the security of future operations. I'm sure it will. There's a principle of nature that there's security in diversity; maybe some kind of frequent alterred means of communicating and rotating encryption keys can be implmented as well as more centralized operations..
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11/17/2014 | 12:15:23 PM
Commanding Culture Change
Culture change is nearly always harder than policy or technology change. At least the military should have better luck given that most of the work it does across all branches is much more command and control oriented than the corporate environments the rest of us work in. Hopefully, this will be successful and save the kind of dollars that are expected.
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