DoD Seeks Alternate Cloud Security Gateway

The Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Innovation Unit is currently seeking solution briefs on methods to increase operational efficiency by utilizing cloud-based systems delivered through Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) through an alternate cloud security gateway.

“Today, DoD mandates the use of a Cloud Access Point (CAP) gateway to secure communication between DoD endpoints and CSPs,” a solicitation said. “DoD is seeking an alternative cloud security gateway with off-the-shelf compatibility to a broad set of CSP offerings.”

DoD currently mandates a CAP gateway for a CSP to connect to a DoD Information Network service while providing protection from cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the cloud. But DoD is seeking an alternative gateway, and that “solutions should be commercial products that leverage a deployment track record and wide customer base to ensure off-the-shelf compatibility with a continuously growing base of managed cloud services.”

The solution should include controlled access to application in the cloud such as real-time network monitoring, application access control, and session termination.

Among other characteristics of the solution, DoD also wants it to provide a “full audit trail of network and application access,” as well as “seamless integration into existing managed cloud services.”

U.S.-owned companies may submit solution briefs by Nov. 27, 2019.

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