HomeNewsArticle Display

DoD agency keeps file swaps safe

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. (AFNS) --

The Defense Information Systems Agency has taken over an online resource that allows Defense Department personnel to swap files too large to be sent by email.

Now in the wheelhouse of DISA, the file transfer capability has been rebranded DoD SAFE, or secure access file exchange. The DoD SAFE capability is part of DISA's Defense Collaboration Services suite of applications.

The file transfer capability was initially established about 18 years ago by the Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, or AMRDEC. SAFE initially stood for "safe access file exchange." It allowed users to transfer files as large as 2 gigabytes to other users.

"We specifically kept the name SAFE because we wanted people to associate it with the AMRDEC product and this was the follow-on to AMRDEC SAFE," said Mark Youmans, DISA enterprise-wide services development division chief. He said taking on the responsibility for SAFE made sense in the context of what the service does.

File transfers were "never AMRDEC's core function," Youmans said, adding that such work is the core function for DISA Enterprise Services. "So, the DoD (chief information officer) directed DISA to deploy SAFE earlier this calendar year."

Other changes to SAFE include an increase in the allowable file size to 8 gigabytes, the ability for users to continue to access files on the SAFE site for up to seven days, the ability to download a file multiple times and the ability to transfer up to 25 files at a time.

Additionally, security on the system has been enhanced. Now, files are encrypted "at rest" on the system, Youmans said. He explained this means users can transfer files with personally identifiable information or personal health information, and that the files are encrypted from sender to receiver.

"As the file sits out there on SAFE, it is not accessible to anybody, including system administrators," Youmans said.

Another security aspect of DoD SAFE is that it now requires that a common access card holder be involved.

"A DoD employee has to be in the loop," said Karl Kurz, chief engineer for the enterprise-wide services development division.

Kurz said this means that a Common Access Card holder has to be the person who transfers the file, or, if a file transfer is going to go from a non-CAC holder to a CAC holder, the CAC holder has to request the transfer. The non-CAC holder will then get instructions on how to proceed.

"This service requires what we refer to as 'CAC in the middle,'" Kurz said.

According to a DISA message released in July, DoD SAFE is not intended to allow for transfer of files to classified domains.

From the user's perspective, said Youmans, the experience of using DoD SAFE will continue to be largely the same as when the system was operated by AMRDEC.

Kurz said that while the two systems will operate the same, they are completely different on the back end. He said DISA learned that Army Research Laboratory was using open-source software to perform a similar file-transfer function as what was needed for DoD SAFE. DISA partnered with ARL to reuse that software in a different capacity.

Changes to that software included making it compliant to operate in the DISA environment, enabling it to securely transfer information and to scale it to the number of users expected on DoD SAFE.

According to Kurz, when the SAFE capability rested with AMRDEC, more than 11,000 "packages" were transferred each day — around 4.1 million a year. Additionally, some 600,000 unique users made use of the system in fiscal year 2018.

The AMRDEC SAFE website was disabled as of Aug. 15. The new DoD SAFE application is online at the new URL: https://safe.apps.mil.

Engage

Twitter
10 years have passed since #DontAskDontTell was repealed. @UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones celebrated the milestone by… https://t.co/i1kTNvykzM
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: It’s going to take all of our Airmen, Active-duty, Reserve and Guard to secure this nation’s future. https://t.co/4P3CUiQ…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: A few years ago, only two small businesses joined us at AFA--this year we have 40+. @AFWERX works with these companies ever…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF is meeting with defense industry leaders today during the @AirForceAssoc’s #ASC21 events. In his #OneTeamOneFigh
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Our rate of change needs to increase. We must move with a sense of urgency today in order to rise to the challenges of to…
Twitter
.@AETCommand is working to remove barriers in the pilot candidate selection process. Learn more about the changes… https://t.co/ANcqVRdsNz
Twitter
.@UnderSecAF Gina Ortiz Jones spoke on the anniversary of DADT... https://t.co/zZYqHOTp8V
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: "We are in a national, strategic, long-term contest with a formidable adversary and what you do every day is important t…
Twitter
"We must move with a sense of urgency today in order to rise to the challenges of tomorrow. Because the return to s… https://t.co/yeYvmOaOos
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Our collaboration with industry is integral to ensuring we are able to compete, deter and win tomorrow against peer adver…
Twitter
RT @GenCQBrownJr: Impossible ends with you. https://t.co/e6ebHtvBDg
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall addressed the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference earlier today: "I intend to be relentless in…
Twitter
RT @SecAFOfficial: SecAF Kendall just finished addressing the @AirForceAssoc's Air, Space & Cyber Conference. The topics he spoke on includ…
Twitter
RT @UnderSecAF: Happy #DontAskDontTell Repeal Day! Honored to commemorate the repeal’s 10th anniversary with some of our LGBTQ Airmen & Gua…
Facebook
The newest Air Force Podcast recently dropped. Listen to a small snippet of CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright talk with Staff Sgt. New about resiliency. Listen to the entire podcast on Youtube: https://go.usa.gov/xpnAD or Subscribe to The Air Force Podcast on iTunes: https://podcasts.apple.com/podcast/the-air-force-podcast/id1264107694?mt=2
Facebook
Our mantra, "Always ready!" It's the spirit we fly by! #B2Tuesday
Facebook
Need some motivation to get your week started off right? Listen as CMSAF Kaleth O. Wright weighs in...
Facebook
The U.S. Air Force Academy gives its cadets some unique opportunities. Ride along one of this opportunities.
Facebook
A United States Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refuels an F-22 Raptor over northern Iraq, Nov. 6, 2019. U.S. Central Command operations deter adversaries and demonstrate support for allies and partners in the region. (Video by Staff Sgt. Daniel Snider)
Facebook
Although the Silver Star is the third-highest military medal, it's not given often. Today, TSgt Cody Smith was the 49th Special Tactics Airman to receive this medal since Sept. 11th, 2001. Read more of TSgt Smith's amazing story: https://www.airforcespecialtactics.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/2024815/special-tactics-airman-battled-through-injuries-awarded-silver-star/fbclid/IwAR2LZWwx1VHdTnQe39rIEBOuJS_0JvMQBBGt7I-E6zsxxn-Lx9387yu43Bc/ Cannon Air Force Base Air Force Special Operations Command United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
Facebook
Tune in as our Air Force musicians along with other military musicians are awarded the National Medal of Arts.
Facebook
Like Us
Twitter
1,376,984
Follow Us