The U.S. Air Force wants to utilize a classified network for a data platform that officials expect to help the service enhance its cybersecurity, FCW reported Tuesday. Sherri Hanson, director of operations for the Air Force's Chief Data Office, announced at a recent event hosted by AFCEA DC that the service branch aims to place the platform in the classified Secret Internet Protocol Router Network by the end of the summer.
"We're not going to have a simple repository for data, we just need to know where it is so that we can do that [data extraction] process, bring it in and do the analytics," she said.
Hanson added that access, placing analytic tools in a common environment and managing vast data are among the major challenges facing her office in establishing the platform. Aside from cybersecurity, the Air Force’s data lead said the platform would also help determine the service’s readiness.