George Kamis, chief technology officer for government markets at Forcepoint, wrote in a Nextgov article published Tuesday that using unclassified resources and cross-domain platforms to develop code for deployment in classified environments could bring tangible benefits to the Department of Defense.
He said a cross-domain platform could help DoD facilitate data transfer and communication between classified and unclassified networks.
“Cross-domain solutions can scan and validate data prior to any of that data being pushed to a classified network, ensuring that the data is correct and safe to pass,“ Kamis wrote. “Additionally, it can validate new transport specifications, such as Cross Domain Unstructured Data Exchange (CDUX), to establish that the data has originated from a trusted source.“
Adopting an approach that allows developers to code in unclassified environments using cross-domain tools can help DoD attract top talent and speed up onboarding of software developers.
“DevSecOps shifts this balance and makes government work more attractive,“ Kamis wrote. “By using resources in an unclassified environment, people can be brought on-board immediately and jump right into the development process, while accessing the same caliber of tools that can be found in the hyper-competitive commercial tech world.“