FCW reported late Tuesday that the CIA has inked a cloud-computing contract with Amazon, which could yield $600 million for that e-commerce group over 10 years.

Sources told FCW that Amazon Web Services will help the CIA build a private cloud infrastructure that will help the intelligence agency “keep up with emerging technologies like big data in a cost-effective manner not possible” under the CIA’s prior cloud efforts. Neither Amazon, nor the CIA (oddly enough) would comment on the matter, FCW said.

But did FCW point out that recently, CIA officials have hinted that they’ll be changing the way the agency procures software and uses big-data analysis.

The big picture on this deal isn’t so clear right now, but it will likely bring a “public cloud computing environment inside the secure firewalls of the intelligence community, thereby negating concerns of classified data being hosted in any public environment,” says FCW.



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