The Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), an agency within the US Department of Defense, is deploying next generation cloud technology in a move to digitally transform itself. Google Cloud’s Secure Cloud Management is being rolled out across the organization.
The software-as-a-service (SaaS) app, developed with Palo Alto Networks, is a container-based service for secure application access and monitoring. Built on Google Cloud’s Secure Application Access Anywhere, it is one of several new Google Cloud Security offerings announced at the Google Cloud Government Security Summit last summer. It followed the White House executive order on cybersecurity, and, along with all the security services announced at the summit, it aims to help government organizations implement zero trust security architectures.
Secure Cloud Management uses Google Cloud’s Kubernetes-based Anthos to manage hybrid clouds and multi-cloud applications. And it includes Palo Alto Networks’ virtual and container-based firewalls to protect microservices-based applications as well as that vendor’s Prisma Access, which provides endpoint inspection, authentication, and remote access.
Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian has said that he is working to attract enterprise and government customers to the platform, especially security services, both in the US and beyond.
“In today’s new cybersecurity paradigm, it’s critical that government agencies see the benefits of adopting a zero trust security strategy and have the option of selecting more modern, cloud-native solutions that meet their unique needs,” Google Cloud VP Lynn Martin said. “We are honored to partner with DIU as the organization undergoes the next phase in its zero-trust journey, as we believe other DoD agencies can benefit and learn from this security approach.”