Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Program Name

Information Technology

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Miriam Masullo


The Department of Defense (DOD) is continuously seeking to find new technologies that further the security posture of its information systems. Often these technologies surround the protection of its network infrastructure and the software that is utilized on the network, but this suggests that the underlying platform is inherently secure. It is possible to find a proprietary OS platform stack that is more secure than the current standard being utilized today. The benefits of a proprietary OS platform stack are numerous: enabling compatibility within DOD branches and agencies in accordance to DOD 8330.01 and 8100.04 Unified Capabilities and on the Joint Information Environment (JIE); a more cost-efficient method of testing, implementation, and maintenance conducted centrally through DISA and the JITC; a standard OS platform utilized on the JIE can be fully compliant with DOD IA requirements; compatibility simplifies the creation of policies and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on a local level because all local commands can share documents as they are created or updated.



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