Security and Cost in the Pentagon’s Cloud

Joseph Zimring by Joseph Zimring, Axiom Law
Monday, March 11, 2013

The Department of Defense (DoD) information technology (IT) budget is investing resources on cloud computing technology. The Pentagon is replacing traditional mainframe and client-server IT systems with distributed shared-computing architectures that control storage and processing capacity on-demand. Cloud technology promises security improvement and cost reduction to government CIOs, but decision makers are challenged by the reality of operating diverse datasets, persistently provisioning resources to address network intrusions, and analyzing packet and log data for event forensics.