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DRUID expands Army’s development environment

Tools have little use if employees can’t access them. That’s where the Army’s Defensive Cyber Operations Resource for Updates, Innovation and Development (DRUID) comes in.

Defensive Cyber Operations Resource for Updates, Innovation and Development

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The project is designed to improve how the Army’s Cyber Mission Force trains and conducts missions. DRUID is part of the Applied Cyber Technologies portfolio managed by the Program Executive Office for Enterprise Information Systems’ Defensive Cyber Operations.

“Up until now, the Army hasn’t had a publicly accessible developmental environment that can be used to find innovative solutions for our critical cyber problems,” said Lt. Col. Pete Amara, product lead for Applied Cyber Technologies. “DRUID solves this legacy problem in the Army’s IT infrastructure by applying modern continuous integration processes and workflows to legacy systems and deployment models.”

DRUID allows the Army to keep a common baseline for all Defensive Cyber Operations systems. It also reduces the need for “boots on the ground” for certain technical repairs and streamlines the process for adding tools to the environment, thereby bringing continuity to the Army’s systems and incorporating new workflows without requiring more infrastructure.

Although still technically in development, DRUID’s functional infrastructure is helping the Army address many of its legacy IT problems, including the lack of a publicly accessible development environment designed to solve critical cybersecurity problems.

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