In 2022, NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCIA) selected WonderBit for developing a software solution which allows a cloud environment to be used for multi-tenant Science and Technology (S&T) experimentation, while ensuring that appropriate measures regarding security, accountability and interoperability are enforced.
With the main purpose of supporting the S&T community and improving collaboration, WonderBit created, documented, demonstrated and deployed a software platform to manage multi-tenant cloud experimentation environments.
The platform enables system administrators to easily automate infrastructure deployment and manage and authorize infrastructure changes. Tooling is available to manage user access across multiple services through a single, central, single-sign-on OIDC-compliant solution. It also provides tools to audit cloud resources based on well-known privacy and security standards such as ISO27001, CIS, GDPR and HIPAA. Besides a dashboard to visualize the cloud asset inventory and break down cost at a resource level, the platform integrates a tool capable of predicting cloud provider costs.
The platform enables users of NATO's Science en Technology Organization (STO) to employ the latest Infrastructure as Code (IaC) tools for describing their infrastructural requirements and to take full advantage of the latest cloud services. The integration of open-source tools and community-supported standards make rolling out infrastructure by users more accessible and cuts down their development time. Furthermore, the experimentation environment enables users to share data and services throughout their community of interest (COI), collaborate within the COI, but also with other STOs.
The software platform is developed using mature open-source components and its code is in turn made available to STO users who wish to deploy custom versions of the platform.
The software platform is built as a one-click deployment, solution so that it allows system administrators to deploy it with minimum effort. It uses open standards so that documentation is readily available.
Technologies such as big data, artificial intelligence (AI), autonomous systems and quantum technologies are changing the world, and the way NATO operates. These and other emerging and disruptive technologies (EDTs) present both risks and opportunities for NATO and allies. That is why NATO is working with public and private sector partners, academia and civil society to develop and adopt new technologies, establish international principles of responsible use and maintain NATO’s technological edge.
NATO's Science and Technology Organization (STO) delivers innovation, advice and scientific solutions across different EDTs to meet the Alliance’s ever-changing needs. It ensures NATO maintains its military and technological edge to face current and future security challenges.