Cloud Layered Obfuscation Application Kit (Lance Cpl. Aidan Hekker)

Cloud solution improves VSAT communication

To improve the declining reliability of Marine Corps data transmitted via Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) technology, the Defense Information System Agency’s Cloud Computing Program Office has developed and tested a new technology called CLOAK, or Cloud Layered Obfuscation Application Kit.

VSAT uses satellite systems to support high-bandwidth voice, video and data applications such as video conferencing between locations. The military also uses it for the exchange of intelligence and logistics information.

Developed in collaboration with the 9th Communication Battalion, CLOAK allows users to split network traffic across multiple transmission paths, then combine that traffic within the cloud environment. This leads to faster and more secure communications. Because the fragmented information is less identifiable in the transmission process, it is more secure and less likely to fall into the wrong hands,

"This allows our information to look like a regular user making a phone call or searching Amazon,” said Cpl. Daniel Konczal, a satellite transmissions operator told CHIPS magazine. “That way, if someone is attempting to gather data on us, it is hidden and more difficult to identify."

CLOAK is designed to be lightweight and compact, allowing for easy and quick distribution into the hands of the warfighter, but DISA’s Cloud Office plans to make it even smaller and more modular so it will be easier to deploy, transport, set up and break down.

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