Seventeen Impact Level 5 tenant owners have made security configuration changes to a Microsoft 365 cloud environment being developed for use by the Department of Defense, according to Danielle Metz, deputy chief information officer for the Information Enterprise at the Pentagon.
Metz said in an interview with Nextgov that the Microsoft team, IL5 tenant owners and engineers from the Defense Information Systems Agency, military services and department components collaborated to implement standard configuration guides in the DOD 365 environment.
The implementation moved the Pentagon closer to providing the environment with direct internet access for web browsers. According to Metz, they aim to have the whole DOD 365 environment offering the capability by early June.
She added that the team will then move to bring-your-own-approved devices and desktops. The Pentagon applies zero-trust approach to ensure that the DOD 365 environment tenants comply with cybersecurity requirements. IL5 covers controlled unclassified information.
The Defense Enterprise Office Solutions contract provides for the work on the environment. General Dynamics' information technology (GDIT) business is the integrator for the initiative.