Can Cross Domain Solutions be Virtualised?

November 2013

The June issue of Military Information Technology discusses virtualisation of cross domain solutions.

The article discusses the on going migration to virtualised and cloud environments within military and intelligence agencies. Two questions posed in the article are how you provide cross domain solutions to these newer environments and can cross domain solutions be delivered in a virtualised fashion?
I am quoted as saying:

“At least at first, the next generation [virtualised / cloud based] of cross domain solutions will likely find greatest acceptance at lower classification levels.  As you go to the higher end you won’t see much change in how cross domain solutions are implemented. At the higher levels of classification, there is a reluctance to accept the risks associated with going to cloud solutions.”

This view is supported by the Nexor white paper The Role of Virtualisation in Cross-Domain Solutions from 2012.

Has the world changed since 2012? Do you think we are ready for new models of cross domain components?


Author Bio – Colin Robbins

Colin Robbins is Nexor’s Managing Security Consultant. He is a Fellow of the IISP, and a NCSC certified Security and Information Risk Adviser (Lead CCP) and Security Auditor (Senior CCP). He has specific technical experience in Secure Information Exchange & Identity Systems and is credited as the co-inventor of LDAP. He also has a strong interest in security governance, being a qualified ISO 27001 auditor.


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