Pentagon building clouds to secure smaller defense contractors

FedScoop: The Department of Defense is running “pathfinder projects” to develop clouds for small contractors and subcontractors who don’t have enough resources themselves to meet the department’s cybersecurity requirements, its acquisition chief said last week.

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, announced at a Defense Innovation Board meeting a new Pentagon plan to become more accessible to innovative small companies by providing them “government-furnished equipment” to secure their software environment, something they often can’t afford to do on their own.

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