Amazon Web Services last week went live with a classified version of its commercial cloud marketplace for the intelligence community, allowing spy agencies – led by the CIA – to evaluate and buy common software, developer tools and other products that meet stringent security standards.

First announced last year, the IC Marketplace is hosted on the Amazon-built C2S cloud, a cloud computing infrastructure specifically developed for the 17 agencies within the intelligence community.

While the IC Marketplace is still in its infancy, a small group of initial vendors have had their solutions vetted with “a line of more who want to come,” according to Sally Holcomb, deputy chief information officer for the National Security Agency, which partnered with the CIA in developing the IC’s cloud computing efforts.

Speaking Tuesday at an event hosted by Defense One and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Holcomb said the new Marketplace will provide a new pipeline for innovation to the IC, allowing intelligence officials to explore new technologies to which they otherwise might not have had access.

“It’s a big deal and we’ve all been waiting,” Holcomb said. “It’s that continued renewal and ensuring, from a technology perspective, that it stays fresh.”

Many companies in Silicon Valley and elsewhere in the U.S. are now looking to get their analytics, big data and other product offerings before the eyes of IC officials. Tom Hall, technical director for the IC chief information officer, said the IC Marketplace helps bypass acquisition problems that have plagued government for decades.

Classic systems acquisition can take years, Hall said, by which time an acquired technology is already out of date. The federal government also has a dubious track record in software and other large-scale IT acquisitions, wasting $9.2 billion in the past decade, according to the Government Accountability Office.

“We were obsolete before we even started,” Hall said, adding that cloud computing is helping keep the IC close to the bleeding edge of innovation.


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“allowing spy agencies – led by the CIA – to evaluate and buy common software, developer tools and other products that meet stringent security standards.”


~ by seeker401 on June 19, 2017.


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