The U.S. government’s most sensitive data might soon be stored and secured on a blockchain.
A Microsoft’s Government Cloud Forum 2017 in Washington D.C., Microsoft revealed that it is launching Azure Government Secret – a service designed to provide government agencies better access to cloud computing. By doing so, Microsoft is opening the door to its blockchain offerings.
This technology was launched back in 2015 and it was used mainly by private firms to experiment with blockchain technology. It has evolved since then. Recently there has been news that six of Microsoft’s data centers have now been “isolated” and given provisional Level 5 Department of Defense authorization along with a number of certifications frin the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) and the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
The U.S. government requires those data facilities to be operated by U.S. citizens with special clearance, and so the contractor we use meets that.
Russinovich stated the project is a new way for governments to take advantage of the Blockchain’s efficiencies and for taxpayers to hold their governments accountable (since Blockchains are immutable ledgers).
Blockchain makes it much harder for fraud and waste to exist, makes it much more visible if it does exist and potentially gets rid of a lot of layers of bureaucracy that are designed simply to ensure that waste and fraud [don’t] exist.
He was unable to say if the Government was already using this technology.However, with Azure’s other U.S. government clients including branches of the Federal government, the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, there is no doubt that the engorgement has a huge interest in blockchain technology. Blockchain is the future.