Reminder: Impending Amazon contract for entire Defense Dept’s cloud services is a bad idea

Reminder: Impending Amazon contract for entire Defense Dept’s cloud services is a bad idea
One of several massive Amazon Web Services data centers in northern Virginia, providing cloud computing services to government agencies. (Image: Google Street View)

[Ed. – There are a number of reasons for this, not least of which is Amazon Web Services’ contract with CIA to provide cloud services for the U.S. intelligence community — meaning all 17 agencies.  Some big reasons to be concerned about that addressed here.]

On April 4, Business Insider reported that the Department of Defense is “close to awarding a cloud-services contract worth as much as $10 billion to Amazon, even as President Donald Trump attacks the e-commerce giant from the White House, according to a source with knowledge of the deal.”  …

The security concern is that this contract may hurt national security by relying on one company for the whole contract.  Multiple cloud providers, rather than one company, are preferable to protect data with redundancy. … There is no need to put personnel records and command-and-control communications on the same cloud as the Department of Defense public-facing websites. …

[M]any officials who used to work at Amazon and some left-wing ideologues are the ones pushing for open source cloud computing for all government agencies.  Breitbart News reported in December of last year that the “Trump Administration is still filled with Obama-era technology holdovers… The Defense Innovation Board is Chaired by none other than Bezos’ co-conspirator and fellow Clinton supporter, Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google parent company Alphabet. …”

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