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DISA Officials Say Cloud-Based Internet Isolation Could Help Block Malware, Reduce Bandwidth; Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Quoted

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Vice Adm. Nancy Norton
Vice Adm. Nancy Norton Director DISA

Officials with the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) said implementing the Cloud-Based Internet Isolation (CBII) system for browsing the web could help the Department of Defense (DoD) improve cybersecurity and generate approximately $300 million in savings, Breaking Defense reported Friday.

“CBII, by translating the web browser experience off of the desktop and into a cloud, relieves a lot of that bandwidth requirement and therefore allows us to not operate or increase the capabilities at the same rate we otherwise would have. Thus the $300 million in cost avoidance,” DISA comptroller Christopher Barnhur said during the AFCEA TechNet Cyber webinar.

CBII could help reduce the bandwidth and protect against malware by assigning a cloud-based intermediary that oversees all direct communication between the user’s computer and the server.

“Malicious software doesn’t come down to the browser, so there’s no additional risk in using the cloud.” said Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency and a previous Wash100 Award winner.

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