Platform One Goes Secret – Signal Magazine

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Organizations that meet baseline criteria will be pushed up automatically to the classified level. If an approved organization falls short of that criteria, Platform One officials will work with the organization to make sure their digital assets are more secure and hardened to enter classified environments.

Platform One is also looking to further its relationships in the open-source community, such as with the Linux Foundation and vendors to improve containerization.

As for the evolution of cloud and Air Force use of the Defense Department’s Joint Warfighting Cloud Capability, called JWCC, in addition to the service’s own Cloud One environment, the colonel noted that the goal for Platform One would be flexibility.

“We want to be able to be infrastructure agnostic because we know that some of those cloud environments might be tailored for one mission over the other,” Col. Viola stated. “And in those particular cases, we still want to provide them a platform that they can operate on and hopefully drive parody across various environments. Additionally, from an enterprise standpoint, we want to be able to accelerate the instantiation and deployment of those environments.”

In addition, the Platform One leaders are partnering with the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency (NSA) and other organizations to enrich containerization technologies—including commercial and open-source containers—with additional classified information. “So, when those weapons systems at that level look at the risk associated to their mission, they’re getting the full picture beyond just what’s at the unclassified level. That is one of our big initiatives,” Col. Viola noted.

For Platform One’s development security operations (DevSecOps) platform called Big Bang, the organization is working to deliver that infrastructure and configuration-as-code environment more and more to warfighters at the tactical edge, so that they can harness ongoing integration and continuous delivery software pipeline features. “Really, the focus there is two-fold,” the colonel explained. “One is getting it more to the edge, and then also at the edge—whether it’s in the cloud, enterprise or tactical—to be able to streamline the deployment of that particular environment. Another focus area is ease of use.”

The organization continues to advance its managed service offering Party Bus, which provides everything needed for the development and delivery of software, including cloud-native access points, zero-trust architecture, containerization, agile project management, open-source collaboration tools, extended service mesh for Kubernetes for more complex deployments and other tools.

“With Party Bus, it is really about empowering the developer,” Col. Viola said. “Again, it is ease of use and how can we automate solutions.”

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