US Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Issues a Request for Information on Blockchain-as-a-Service (BaaS)

Blockchain-as-a-service (BaaS) is one of the popular niches that stakeholders from other industries invest in to derive the value proposition of this new technology. The U.S Defense Department has now signaled that they are likely to join the bandwagon as per a request for information (RFI) published by its IT agency, Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).

The RFI, which is not to be confused with the request for proposal (RFP), seeks to equip DISA with a better understanding of viable options, should it chose to debut a BaaS for its ecosystems. It was published on Nov 4 and invited participation from potential prospects up to Nov 10, after which the policy will be deemed inactive on Nov 25. The publication reads,

”In support of our ongoing effort to create a new Blockchain as a service offering for our mission partners, DISA is conducting market research to ensure a better understanding of the capabilities available in the market place relevant to a Blockchain as a service offering which could be deployed on Z systems.”

According to the RFI, DISA’s main focus in this initiative is to identify viable products that would facilitate a permissioned BaaS that can eventually be scaled on a mainframe environment. The possible solutions must correlate with some technical fundamentals, which include scaling support, full auditing & reporting, governance, administration, and solution hardening, amongst others.

Prospects looking to take part in the RFI will be required to submit their responses in a whitepaper form. The document should feature details such as the respondent’s technical abilities, software identification, and licensing schemas that are available.

Notably, this is not the first time DISA has hinted at deploying a BaaS for its systems; the agency’s innovation lead Sherri Sokol had, in fact, touched on the matter during an interview with CGN back in 2019,

“We are looking at potentially offering something that would be secure, scalable and agile for the networks that our mission partners could create and manage on our infrastructure inside accredited DOD environments …

It would really just be the platform, infrastructure resource management, and monitoring, which are services that DISA already offers.”

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