DISA Launches Pilot Program to Test DOD’s Classified Cloud Environment

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The Defense Information System Agency will begin limited user testing of the Department of Defense’s first cloud environment authorized to host classified data for military services and DOD components. 

DISA said Friday the pilot testing for DOD365-Secret follows the general availability of Microsoft’s Office 365 Government Secret, which offers a set of cloud-based productivity, compliance, collaboration and security tools that can handle military and government data at Impact Level 6.

Paul Lorimer, corporate vice president for the Office 365 enterprise and cloud engineering at Microsoft, said the company’s new cloud environment includes Exchange, Outlook and Microsoft 365 Apps to enable secure collaboration among users.

“Secure cloud productivity tools can enable greater operational capabilities for our service members wherever they are. This new environment will run the latest enterprise-grade Office 365 Secret productivity, security, compliance, and collaboration applications,” Lorimer wrote in a blog post on Wednesday.

Defense organizations looking to participate in the pilot can submit applications to DISA beginning on Jan. 30.

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