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Why Do Defense Agencies Need a Cross Domain Solution?

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A Cross Domain Solution (CDS) may need to be installed in a Defense agency’s classified systems for a variety of reasons.

Secure Data Exchange

One of the primary reasons is to enable the secure exchange of classified information across security domains. Each security domain has its own set of access restrictions and controls. A defense agency, for instance, may have distinct security domains for classified information about intelligence, military operations, and logistics.

Authorized Access

Without a CDS, it can be challenging for these domains to share information without risking unauthorized access or data loss. A CDS provides a secure and controlled way to transfer information between domains by enforcing a set of security policies and procedures. It can help ensure that only authorized personnel with the necessary security clearances have access to information and that it is protected against unauthorized modification or disclosure.

Streamline Workflows

A CDS can help to streamline workflows and increase productivity by reducing the need for manual data entry and transfer between different systems. It can help automate data transfer between domains, ensuring that the relevant information is accessible to the appropriate individuals at the right time.


Finally, a CDS is an essential component of the classified systems used by a defense organization since it helps to facilitate communication and collaboration that is both secure and effective across a wide range of security domains.

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This post does not represent official United States Department of Defense policy, funding, or endorsement.