CIA venture arm targets a secure cloud platform

In-Q-Tel, the CIA’s venture fund company, has made its second investment in cloud computing in as many months, having recently entered into an agreement with Huddle to develop a secure version of its content collaboration platform for U.S. intelligence agencies, Information Week reports.

Last month, In-Q-Tel signed an agreement with Adaptive Computing to develop a cloud operating system. The agency company is also working with cloud storage specialist Cleversafe.

Huddle, which promotes itself as an alternative to Microsoft's SharePoint collaboration technology, is developing a version of its cloud-based platform that complies with the Federal Information Security Management Act. The Homeland Security Department and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency are preparing to implement the technology, according to the tech publication.

Huddle's software enables file sharing and project collaboration. It also supports access from a variety of mobile devices and provides administrative controls such as version control and auditing. The platform is used by government agencies in Belgium, Italy, Spain, Greenland, Finland and the United Kingdom.

Robert Ames, In-Q-Tel's vice president of information and communications technologies, told Information Week that intelligence agencies' interest in "secure collaboration" was the driving force behind the development pact.

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