Jeffrey Phelan Portfolio Lead GDIT

GDIT’s Jeffrey Phelan: Cloud Offering Security Control Inheritance Could Benefit DoD Mission Partners

Jeffrey Phelan, milCloud 2.0 cloud services portfolio lead at General Dynamics’ (NYSE: GD) information technology business, said Department of Defense mission partners seeking to transition to the cloud should understand first what set of security controls they will inherit from their cloud service providers and whether a CSP can meet impact-level requirements.

Phelan wrote how a “fit-for-purpose” cloud service like the Defense Information Systems Agency’s milCloud 2.0 could benefit DoD mission partners and one of the advantages he cited is how such a platform could help speed up the procurement of cloud services, including infrastructure, consulting, technical and engineering support.

He discussed how milCloud 2.0 links cloud offerings to DoD networks, allows mission partners to inherit a set of security controls and provides mission partners access to physical controls.

“Beyond inheriting the security controls of the DOD networks, mission partners also inherit the physical controls from the DISA data centers and the military bases where they reside,” he wrote. “Additionally, they acquire the controls from DISA’s internal cloud access point, as well as milCloud 2.0’s Impact Level 5 authorization from DISA and our FedRAMP High authorization.”

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