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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump has signed a $700 billion military spending bill that includes a mandate for a blockchain cybersecurity research study. As CoinDesk reported in September, the bill -- as advanced by the U.S. Senate at the time -- called for the Department of Defense to investigate "potential offensive and defensive cyber applications of blockchain technology and other distributed database technologies." The language itself is part of the wider Modernizing Government Technology Act (MGT), which focuses on improving the government's IT and cybersecurity systems.

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The blockchain study, according to the latest version of the text (which was ultimately signed earlier today by Trump), will constitute "an assessment of efforts by foreign powers, extremist organizations, and criminal networks to utilize such technologies; ... [and] an assessment of the use or planned use of such technologies by the Federal Government and critical infrastructure networks."

The results of the study, according to the text, are due to be delivered to Congress sometime in the next 6 months. While it is set to be prepared by the Department of Defense -- which has explored a number of applications in the past -- the final product is likely to include input from other federal agencies and departments.

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Looks like another view of the same spending bill...

Pentagon's Cloud Transition Under Hush Order From Weapons Buyer
www.bloomberg.com

...Pentagon weapons buyer Ellen Lord has ordered senior officials not to make any further public comments about the Defense Department's looming initiative to move its data into the cloud, a major contract opportunity for technology companies.

"It is imperative that no one speaks outside the Department" about the Enterprise Cloud Adoption project, Lord, the under secretary of defense for acquisitions, said in a Dec. 5 email obtained by Bloomberg News. "This memo is effective immediately and is especially pertinent to those attending/speaking at external engagements with members outside the government."

Lord is leading the effort to move the Pentagon toward cloud computing in a bid to preserve the U.S. military's technological advantages over China and Russia while finding new ways to secure sensitive databases. She has said separate data silos -- even within each military service -- prevent real-time sharing of information among war-fighters and adoption of new technologies such as machine learning and artificial intelligence....


#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2017-12-13 03:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How can surrendering information to a third party ("the cloud") ever be more secure than storing it on your own device, especially if its disconnected from the internet?

#2 | Posted by bayviking at 2017-12-13 08:03 PM | Reply

They don't have to surrender info to use the cloud if everything is encrypted.
The main goal is to make the info more available to those that need it.

#3 | Posted by bored at 2017-12-13 08:44 PM | Reply

I can attest that getting access to necessary documentation for military uses is a huge hassle when things are working well. When they aren't...I spend a lot more time here.

#4 | Posted by Avigdore at 2017-12-14 11:09 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"an assessment of efforts by foreign powers, extremist organizations, and criminal networks to utilize such technologies"

Foreign power + criminal network + extremist organization. Won't have to reach beyond his own administration to conduct this particular study.


How can surrendering information to a third party ("the cloud") ever be more secure than storing it on your own device, especially if its disconnected from the internet?

#2 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

Because that "cloud" is a decentralized, trustless, public network. It cannot be altered without traceable record and can only be altered with the consensus of 51% of the network.

#5 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-12-14 03:38 PM | Reply

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