DISA Wants New Cloud Architecture for Its Cyber Defense Infrastructure

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The Defense Department’s (DoD) Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is looking to transition the Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) infrastructure of its Acropolis program to the cloud, according to a Sources Sought Announcement posted Monday.

Acropolis “collects terabytes of new DCO alerts, logs and other critical cybersecurity data” and provides cybersecurity analysts within DoD a secure environment “to protect and defend the Department of Defense Information Network (DoDIN).” It also transports unclassified data “to an isolated classified Secret environment” in order to use classified analytics on that unclassified data. DISA is now looking to build a new cloud instance for the Acropolis environment.

“A new architecture must be built that will blend the current DoD owned and operated infrastructure with IaaS [infrastructure-as-a-service] offered by the cloud service provider,” the announcement says. “Key to the successful deployment of this new architecture is the expansion of the existing DoD owned and operated Acropolis Transport Network (ATN) to the cloud provider’s location.”

DISA is seeking information from businesses that can provide virtual computer, dynamic storage, and data archiving and backup services, connectivity between the provider and DoDIN, implementation support, and hosting services for Impact Levels 5 and 6, which requires a facility clearance level of Secret.

The announcement is not a solicitation and does not mean DoD will award a contract, but the document states that the agency anticipates an award in FY2018 or FY2019. Interested vendors are instructed to respond no later than August 2.

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