DEFINITION
Platform Information Technology (IT) Interconnection

For Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance (IA) purposes, platform Information Technology (IT) interconnection refers to network access to platform IT. Platform IT refers to computer resources, both hardware and software, that are physically part of, dedicated to, or essential in real time to the mission performance of special purpose systems such as weapons, training simulators, diagnostic test and maintenance equipment, calibration equipment, equipment used in the research and development of weapons systems, medical technologies, transport vehicles, buildings, and utility distribution systems such as water and electric. Platform IT interconnection has readily identifiable security considerations and needs that must be addressed in both acquisition, and operations. Examples of platform IT interconnections that impose security considerations include communications interfaces for data exchanges with enclaves for mission planning or execution, remote administration, and remote upgrade or reconfiguration.

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