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Google Wins DIU Production Contract for Cloud Access Security Platform; Lynn Martin Quoted

Google’s cloud business has received a contract from the Defense Innovation Unit to move its Secure Cloud Management platform into the production phase and implement the offering across DIU.

The SCM offering, which Google Cloud developed with Palo Alto Networks (Nasdaq: PANW), adopts the zero trust approach and works to enable DIU users to gain secure access to software-as-a-service applications via the internet, Google Cloud said Wednesday.

The container-based Google Cloud SCM platform is built on the Secure Application Access Anywhere offering and helps facilitate the management of multicloud and hybrid cloud applications through Kubernetes using the company’s Anthos platform. Other defense agencies can procure the SCM offering via other transaction authority agreements.

“In today’s new cybersecurity paradigm, it’s critical that government agencies see the benefits of adopting a zero trust security strategy and have the option of selecting more modern, cloud native solutions that meet their unique needs,” said Lynn Martin, vice president of North America public sector at Google Cloud.

“We are honored to partner with DIU as the organization undergoes the next phase in its zero trust journey, as we believe other DoD agencies can benefit and learn from this security approach,” added Martin.

The award of the production contract came seven months after the Department of Defense’s innovation arm issued success memos to Google, Zscaler (Nasdaq: ZS) and McAfee (Nasdaq: MCFE) for their cloud access security prototypes.

During the testing phase, DIU worked with the Defense Information Systems Agency and tapped a third-party assessment organization to evaluate Google Cloud’s SCM platform against 77 security controls.

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