Feds Layout How Government Agencies Implemented Cloud Technology – MeriTalk

According to several cloud experts, cloud computing is in full swing in various agencies and military branches of government.

At the Federal Executive Forum, hosted by the Federal News Network, various government officials detailed their agency’s achievements and direction with the cloud. The first to detail her agency’s cloud journey was Paul Puckett, executive director of the Army’s Cloud Management Agency (CMA).

Puckett outlined how the Army has been working on its cARMY cloud platform since last year.

“We’ve done a number of things over the last three years, most notably with the launch of cARMY, which we’ve been pushing for… a multi-tenant secure environment where essentially any US Army customer can deploy their cloud, since before cARMY somehow everyone made it themselves. And that’s been live for two and a half years now,” Puckett said.

“Now over 150 systems are going through the process of the Enterprise Cloud Management Agency (ECMA) process and are about to meet 100 customers who are building and also operating and living in the environment themselves,” said Puckett.

Another government agency that made serious strides in implementing cloud technology to fulfill its mission was US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

Shane Barney, Chief Information Security Officer at USCIS, detailed some of the struggles the agency has gone through that have since made the agency work more efficiently to meet its cloud needs.

“At USCIS, we jumped into the cloud first and barely even looked at what we were doing over 10 years ago. We learned many hard lessons along the way. explained Barney.

“Now I look at our business, we’re probably 95 percent cloud-based, maybe even more, you know, we’re in different cloud environments now. We are three different cloud environments at this point. So we’ve seen the utility and value, all of our key business applications are cloud-based,” he said.

In the same division of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Dr. Mark Lucas, director of cloud computing operations at DHS, a broader view of what the department is up to when it comes to cloud technology.

“One of the things that excites us here at Homeland Security is our cloud security gateway solution. We performed a proof of concept earlier this year for a solution that has not only helped us implement Zero Trust, but also micro-segmented architectures, but also allows us to gain visibility across our hybrid computing environment,” said dr Lucas

Finally, Louis Koplin, the Navy’s Deputy Chief Technology Officer, discussed how the Navy has focused on changing cloud culture to make the transition to new technologies more cohesive.

“We have focused on this culture issue at the DoD CIO level. And just in September, Aaron Weisner, CIO, signed a final design concept for information supremacy. We have a vision of information supremacy signed by the Secretary of the Navy that says, culturally, how we will change the way we think about developing solutions to achieve information supremacy,” Koplin said.


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