Cloud Computing for the U.S. Intelligence Community

Cloud computing at mission speed

AWS proudly supports the unique needs of the U.S. Intelligence Community through improved security, increased mission impact, and cost savings.

CIA Associate Deputy Director of Digital Innovation, Sean Roche, at the AWS Public Sector Summit

Benefits

Security & Compliance

To enable extremely high security levels for our customers, AWS employs a robust set of security technologies and practices, including encryption and access control features that exceed government security requirements.

Full Range of Classification Workloads

With the recent launch of the AWS Secret Region, AWS became the first commercial cloud provider to launch a region dedicated to run U.S. government workloads that require some of the highest protections and safeguards.

Global Infrastructure

Infrastructure built like no other in the world, with constant iterations to deliver improved functionality, capability, and security.

Cost Savings

AWS offers low, pay-as-you-go pricing with no up-front expenses or long-term commitments. We are able to build and manage a global infrastructure at scale, and pass the cost saving benefits onto you in the form of lower prices.

“The cloud on its weakest day is more secure than a client-server solution. It’s been nothing short of transformational. It has transformed our ability to build new capabilities.”

Sean Roche, Associate Deputy Director of Digital Innovation, CIA
AWS Public Sector Summit Keynote

Use cases

  • Streamlined Data Transfer
  • Compliance
  • Collaboration
  • Streamlined Data Transfer
  • Streamlined data transfer

    Kinesis Firehose ingests data to S3, which then holds the raw, pre-processed, and post-processed data as a data lake. Run queries using Amazon EMR, Amazon Athena, Amazon Redshift, or Amazon Redshift Spectrum. Use Amazon QuickSight to visualize data to make informed decisions. If you are running machine learning (ML) workloads, you can use Spark ML, Python, and MXnet to run ML queries. Use the outcome of the analysis to increase targeting accuracy and optimize targeting algorithms.

    Streamlined Data Transfer

    Machine Learning on AWS

    AWS has the broadest and deepest set of machine learning (ML) and artificial intelligence (AI) services for your business. On behalf of our customers, we are focused on solving some of the toughest challenges that hold back ML from being in the hands of every developer.

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    AI/ML Webinar Series

    Our webinars help IT practitioners, CIOs, CTOs, CSOs, data scientists, and engineers with little-to-no AI/ML experience, find their best use case and build a proof of concept.

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  • Compliance
  • Automated compliance environment

    AWS allows for rules-based, automated compliance. At the corporate level, you can create rules regarding how your AWS infrastructure can be provisioned and configured throughout your agency. When you are creating infrastructure for a particular project, you can create reusable templates that allow you to have a consistent environment for development, testing, production, and validation activities. Once deployed, AWS has tools to continually test, monitor, and log events that occur. You can use these tools to rapidly detect deviations from corporate policy and sound alarms when they occur.

    Streamlined Data Transfer

    AWS Cloud Security

    Cloud security at AWS is the highest priority. As an AWS customer, you will benefit from a data center and network architecture built to meet the requirements of the most security-sensitive organizations.

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    AWS Compliance

    As with everything at Amazon, the success of our security and compliance program is primarily measured by one thing: our customers’ success. Our customers’ requirements drive our portfolio of compliance reports, attestations, and certifications that enable our customers to run a secure and compliant cloud environment.

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    Blog: Cloud Security Built for Government Missions

    As evidenced by the full range of our Authorizations-To-Operate, third-party attestations, and certifications, the AWS Cloud provides government customers with the only one-stop shop to handle Public, For Official Use Only (FOUO), Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret workloads.

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    AWS GovCloud

    A cloud Region designed to host sensitive data, regulated workloads, and address the most stringent U.S. government security and compliance requirements.

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  • Collaboration
  • Fostering collaboration

    Share your data with your collaborators whether they are down the hall or on the other side of the globe. AWS can provide a central, shared workspace where you and your colleagues can create datasets, write algorithms, or create tools, all without having to physically move the data back and forth or worry about intellectual property infringement.

    Fostering Collaboration

    Research & Technical Computing

    Quickly analyze massive data pipelines, store petabytes of data and share their results with collaborators around the world.

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Commercial Cloud Services (C2S)

C2S is the government program and contract vehicle that brings Amazon Web Services (AWS) “over the fence” and into the Intelligence Community (IC). This air-gapped AWS Region on the Top Secret fabric has been operating since 2014 and is exclusively available to the U.S. IC.

Blog: The AWS Secret Region

With the launch of the Secret Region, AWS becomes the first and only commercial cloud provider to offer regions to serve government workloads across the full range of data classifications, including Unclassified, Sensitive, Secret, and Top Secret.

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Contact AWS Worldwide Public Sector about using the Secret Region

Blog: AWS Marketplace for the IC

The AWS Marketplace for the U.S. IC makes it easy to discover, purchase, and deploy software packages and applications from vendors with a strong presence in the IC in a cloud that is not connected to the public Internet.

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Blog: Busting the Myth of Vendor Lock-In

Although more public sector organizations are adopting the cloud for mission-critical workloads, misconceptions about vendor lock-in still exist.

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Customer stories

2018 Public Sector Summit Keynote - CIA

Associate Deputy Director of Digital Innovation for the CIA, Sean Roche, explains that by moving to the cloud, the CIA has been able to add more resources to support their mission, optimize as an organization, innovate, and deliver better and faster results in the field.

2017 Public Sector Summit Keynote - CIA

John G. Edwards, Chief Information Officer, CIA, shares an update on how the CIA has placed a big bet on adopting commercial cloud technology and how AWS has been pivotal in helping them to deliver on their mission.

AWS re:Invent - NGA

With a drastically changing technology landscape, Sue Gordon, Deputy Director, National Geospatial Intelligence Agency (NGA), explains how we must all adapt to execute the mission. The NGA provides the content and context for the nation to know the truth, see beyond the horizon, and be able to act before events dictate.


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