The FBI is the latest intelligence agency to make use of AWS, which operates three cloud regions—massive data centers that lease out computing power—that explicitly serve the federal government.
FBI Deputy Assistant Director for Counterterrorism Christine Halvorsen said the FBI Counterterrorism Division previously operated its own data center, including the massive amount of information that comes in following national security and counterterrorism events. That data is growing exponentially, Halvorsen said, comparing the 50 terabytes of data that came in following the Boston Marathon bombings in 2013 to the petabyte of data—20 times more—following the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas carried out by Stephen Paddock.
The data collection and analysis for these types of investigations are now carried out in one of several AWS regions, depending on the sensitivity of the data. Information classified at the secret or top secret level makes use of the C2S cloud, which was developed by AWS five years ago for the CIA and other intelligence agencies.
Sensitive unclassified data can be hosted on either AWS’ East or West region depending on geographic proximity. [read more]
Source: Frank Konkel – Nextgov