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US Department of Transportation - Cloud Security

Realizing a major public service initiative through a secure Cloud application

Realizing a major public service initiative through a secure Cloud application


The United States Department of Transportation (DoT) was established by an act of Congress and signed into law by President Johnson in 1966. Since then, its mission has been to ensure a fast, safe, efficient, accessible and convenient transportation system that meets the nation’s vital needs and enhances quality of life for the American people.


The Business Challenge
The 2009 Consumer Assistance to Recycle & Save (CARS) Act required the DoT to execute a major IT project within a 30-day timeline. Cloud computing presented an obvious way to meet the challenges of realizing this project. However, the Cloud presented security challenges that appeared to be incompatible with the government’s certification and accreditation process.


The Solution
A Cloud-based solution was implemented, which routed an Oracle on Demand-based application through the Terremark Cloud. A Layer 7 CloudSpan Gateway provided access control, validated the XML data stream, ensured consistency and provided message-level threat protection. All interactions were logged, to facilitate follow-up for forensic auditing.


The Results
The CARS Act is considered one of the great successes of the Obama administration. For the US government, it also marked a significant step into the public Cloud. This came just in time to support the Open Government Directive, which aims to expose vast amounts of government data, allowing developers to create applications that benefit their local communities.