Thursday, June 13, 2013

PRISM Acucumulo merge with Microsoft and Facebook

Before the NSA released Accumulo, a search outfit called Powerset — now owned by Microsoft — built a platform called HBase, while social networking giant Facebook fashioned a similar platform dubbed Cassandra. 
But at the same time, the bill orders the director of the NSA to work with outside organizations to merge the Accumulo security tools with alternative databases, specifically naming HBase and Cassandra.

No component of the Department of Defense may utilize the cloud computing database developed by the National Security Agency (NSA) called Accumulo after September 30, 2013, unless the Chief Information Officer of the Department of Defense certifies one of the following:
(A) That there are no viable commercial open source databases with extensive industry support (such as the Apache Foundation HBase and Cassandra databases) that have security features comparable to the Accumulo database that are considered essential by the Chief Information Officer for purposes of the certification under this paragraph.

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