Accenture’s view, defence forces must transform how they protect and share data
or risk operational failure in theatre. And the urgency is growing by the day: put simply, Multi-Level Security is a solution that every military force must start implementing today.
Why? Because if they fail to automate how they handle and share data securely, they will have to do it manually – which will not enable the required pace of operations. Or to avoid being slow, their only other option would be to transfer and share data openly with their coalition partners – which is inherently insecure. Either alternative would expose their operations, their people and their coalition partners to excessive and unnecessary risk.
The message is clear: implementing
Multi-Level Security is vital to help ensure military forces remain relevant, secure
and effective in the 2020s –
and action to implement it must start now if it’s to be operational within that timeframe. To make it happen, there are three key requirements.
Fast and agile sharing of data across coalition partners is the only way for armed forces to keep pace with emerging threats. And agility isn’t just an operational issue: it needs to be a comprehensive attribute that encompasses all aspects of military IT, including software development and implementation.
Armed forces will need the ability to share data both internally and with coalition partners, making it available in near-real time across different physical network layers and data confidentiality classification levels. Yet they need to do this on the basis of universally accepted standards and with rock-solid security – or they will become too slow or too insecure for effective operations.
ASSESS THE IMPACTS ON YOUR CURRENT TECHNOLOGY
of moving from vertical to horizontal data-sharing.
MAP OUT THE MUST-HAVE OPERATIONAL REQUIREMENTS
that you will tackle first.
ESTABLISH THE SCALE AND SCOPE OF THE BENEFITS
that will result from the change, to create a robust business case and build buy-in and momentum.
COLLABORATE ACTIVELY WITH COALITION PARTNERS
and with industry, academia and the commercial sector – around your Multi-Level Security program, to coordinate approaches and agree standards. Any attempt to move to Multi-Level Security alone or in isolation will almost certainly end in failure.
In the years to come, effective coalition operations will require seamless sharing of data across all partners. By the early 2020s, this will be the everyday reality for armed forces globally. It’s time to get ready.