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Amazon Web Services last week went live with a classified version of its commercial cloud marketplace for the intelligence community, allowing spy agencies – led by the CIA – to evaluate and buy common software, developer tools and other products that meet stringent security standards.

First announced last year, the IC Marketplace is hosted on the Amazon-built C2S cloud, a cloud computing infrastructure specifically developed for the 17 agencies within the intelligence community.

While the IC Marketplace is still in its infancy, a small group of initial vendors have had their solutions vetted with “a line of more who want to come,” according to Sally Holcomb, deputy chief information officer for the National Security Agency, which partnered with the CIA in developing the IC’s cloud computing efforts.

Speaking Tuesday at an event hosted by Defense One and the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, Holcomb said the new Marketplace…

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