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DISA Begins Redesign Effort on Acropolis Network; Matthew Matzer Quoted

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The Defense Information Systems Agency has begun an effort to align the architecture of the Acropolis cyber defense network with the agency’s latest operational requirements.

The Where We Fight program involves adding non-classified and classified cloud environments, a private network and a data brokering program in Acropolis to increase the productivity of cyber analysts and save costs, DISA said Thursday.

Matthew Matzer, program manager Acropolis and chief of operations for DISA’s CENTAUR infrastructure, explained cloud environments will also support the initiative of the Defense Department‘s chief information officer to leverage cloud computing systems.

“Conducting a cloud migration at the same time will help us meet DoD requirements, reduce operating costs and speed up the availability of services for analysts,” he added.

DISA is also redesigning Acropolis with the ability to collect data with cross query capabilities and enable analysts to use the cyber defense network’s workstations through a virtual desktop architecture. 

The agency plans to wrap up WWF in 2021.

Acropolis is designed to collect, store and analyze network traffic on non-classified and secret internet protocol router networks and DoD enterprise services to detect and counter cyber attacks on the DoD Information Network.