Press Release: Octo Uses Blockchain in Security Program Proof of Concept for the Department of Health and Human Services

“Octo, a premier next-generation federal IT services provider, today announced it has completed a blockchain proof of concept for the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Division of Acquisition. This proof of concept proved the viability of blockchain as a solution for securing log transactions in support of national security reporting requirements and for creating “as-a-service” node solutions that federal agencies can use to verify their log files. The test case for this project involved the Department of Homeland Security’s Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program, which is part of the Federal Government’s deployment of Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM). The CDM program requires agencies to submit log files and other elements for security risk analysis…”

“Log files are an essential component of the CDM process. However, log files can be easily manipulated or corrupted, which weakens them as an investigative resource, especially for the CDM program. Under this contract, Octo proved how blockchain inherently protects the integrity of log files by ensuring their immutability and provenance. Octo cataloged all log files into encrypted “log transactions” in a blockchain ledger that showed when log files were created, changed, or deleted. This proof of concept proved that blockchain both supports the objectives of the CDM program and improves HHS’ security posture. Given the distributed nature of this blockchain proof of concept, it also acts as a service that any agency can leverage by standing up its own network node…” Read the full press release here.

Source: Octo Uses Blockchain in Security Program Proof of Concept for the Department of Health and Human Services – June 18, 2019. BusinessWire.

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