Distributed Military Operations Facilities Use Case

Author: Josh Jones, CMO

Problem:

As military forces operate, and collaboration between various branches of the military becomes more important, managing computing and communications infrastructure across many locations is becoming increasingly difficult. The variety of assets the military is responsible for connecting and securing, along with their suppliers and partners can include:

  • Computers
  • Servers
  • Cloud applications
  • Network infrastructure
  • Connected physical security systems
  • Mobile devices
  • Real-time communications services (voice, messaging, collaboration)
  • Connected vehicles (cars, trucks, buses, tanks, and more)
  • Drones and other airborne assets

Many of these assets are managed across disparate systems, and yet many of those systems need to be accessed by the same authorized individuals, who must then deal with different logins, passwords, multi-factor authentication requirements and more.

For every point-to-point session, policies must be in place to ensure only the appropriate military personnel or authorized contractors are allowed to access or change data. For the highest levels of security required by the military, compliance and reporting is also mission critical driving complexity in terms of management.

With so many fragmented systems and a growing number of digital services and connected devices, lack of a unified view and process by which security can be managed is a many-faceted problem blockchains are starting to solve. Blockchains create an indisputable record of all transactions, including access and changes to databases, which has the potential to not only improve security but simplify operations and enable innovations including incident response through alerts and notifications when a system may be compromised.

Solution:

The Cognida Platform utilizes blockchain to store digital identities, security and access policies that can be enforced across remote systems, cloud services and mobile applications of any variety. A blockchain-agnostic network and platform, Cognida is designed to ensure messaging and data sharing services can be flexibly hosted in the military’s private cloud or multiple public clouds as appropriate.

Here’s why Cognida makes sense for military or any distributed large enterprise implementation, particularly for those for whom cybersecurity and physical security are key, as is data integrity.

  1. Incorporation of Cognida technology in remote mobile computing devices establishes a digital identity of the system which both authenticates data exported to cloud and mobile applications as well as enforcing remote access restrictions to safety critical controls.
  2. Cognida provides blockchain secured data sharing and messaging solutions, enabling customized data views and messages on a permission basis to multiple users controlled by policy and permissions.
  3. This enables participants to get their work done more productively and enables the IT teams and their responsible partners to more efficiently manage across many systems with a unified approach and view.

Conclusion:

For those responsible for securing distributed locations in high stakes industries this means:

By simplifying security, access and data sharing, the Cognida Platform provides a practical suite of solutions to the government and enterprise sectors. This provides practical, cost-effective and secure solutions for monitoring operational status and health of multiple physical and digital assets, in a way that will scale with the growth of hyperconnected environments. This helps optimize investments in better operations through connectivity, analytics and remote monitoring and management, while also reducing the risk of malicious hacks or accidental tampering.

To learn more about other blockchain and Cognida use cases, check out our posts on blockchain in the restaurant industry, distributed generation, and clinical trials.

By |2018-08-06T16:37:03+00:00July 30th, 2018|Use Cases|

About the Author:

Josh Jones