While the IC’s research organization looks into adding security to cloud environments, in the here and now, intelligence agencies are sharing more data.
The move to fewer Internet gateways clearly unnerves agencies: When the Office of Management and Budget asked agencies to provide a list of the gateways they wanted to keep, they identified more than 1,900 in all — roughly 1,850 more than OMB wants agencies to use governmentwide.
As a starting point, OMB estimates the government maintains about 4,000 Internet gateways, says Karen Evans, administrator for e-government and IT. Agencies can keep a gateway if they can justify a unique need.
Essentially, OMB based the Trusted Internet Connection plan on the Defense Department’s successful consolidation of Internet gateways. DOD now runs all traffic through 15 to 19 gateways, says Defense Deputy CIO David Wennergren.
Making the shift engenders a classic turf battle, he says. The control freaks in the agencies won’t want to cede their gateway jurisdictions, he says. It’s the job of IT to help program managers understand the benefits of moving to fewer gateways, which include better security and fewer management concerns, Wennergren says. Plus, “there’s no reason that anyone has to take a performance hit when you consolidate your Internet access points.”
Here are pointers Wennergren offers, drawn from DOD’s consolidation effort: