Cross-Domain Solution (CDS) Assessment Event
23 May 2022
The Cyber Fusion Innovation Center (CFIC), in collaboration with U.S. Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Technical Warfare Center (TWC), hosted an Assessment Event (AE) to identify a Cross-Domain Solution (CDS) to provide a seamless path for ingestion of Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) data from a Mission Partner Environment (MPE) to ARCYBER’s Big Data Platform (BDP), performing a one-way data transport function.
The desired end state was to better understand current industry capabilities and determine if those solutions were compatible with addressing a required one-way data transfer capability to enable data movement from a classified coalition network to ARCYBER’s classified instance of BDP.
ARCYBER TWC were interested in CDS capabilities that provided an automated ability to move cybersecurity-related data from an MPE to the ARCYBER’s BDP; it will enable the ARCYBER Enterprise to sense, understand, decide, and act in support of ongoing DCO operations.
MPE is an operating environment that enables operations and intelligence for planning and execution on a network infrastructure at a single security level with a common language. An MPE capability provides the ability for mission partners to share their information with all participants within a specific partnership or coalition.
The desired capability required a software solution which moves data rapidly and logically from one enclave to another. The capability also requires a one-way hardware component to physically separate the two enclaves utilizing a one-way fiber optic solution with a transfer rate of 100Mbps minimum. Both components must be NSA assessed and approved for use on DoD networks.
There were eleven submissions from ten different companies. Three solutions from three different companies were selected by ARCYBER TWC to present virtually. Of the three solutions, one was chosen for further follow-on and analysis of its capabilities in performing a one-way data transport function.
The company chosen for further follow-on and analysis was awarded contract.