IATT-like Connectivity

By default, you can not access system inside of HmC from an external source other than through the HmC portal. This is by design and part of the security accreditation. However, for organization with short term test and evaluation needs, there is an Interim Authority to Test (IATT)-like process for granting temporary inbound access from specific sources.

Users can request specific, event based exceptions to temporarily allow inbound traffic into their HmC cloudspace for the purposes of a preplanned, coordinated test event. Request shall be made by support ticket. Not all requests will be granted. The guidelines for requesting an opening are:

  • Limited, defined durations
  • Specific origination IP addresses for incoming traffic
  • Automated Nessus scan (with credentials) of the environment with no unmitigated critical or high findings
  • Systems built via HmC application using assets, not by hand nor existing VMs (to be reviewed by HmC Site Admins)
  • Limited to DoD PPS “green” ports
  • Approval from the user’s Government PM for the event
  • Inbound to only one project-connected cloudspace

Enabling External Access to Systems inside of HmC

After receiving an IATT, you will want to connect to your system. The recommended approach is described below.

Step 1

Notify HmC support that you would like to begin the connection process. The notification provide awareness to HmC support so that they can ensure the process is executed smoothly.

Step 2

Provide source and destination IPs to HmC support.

Step 3

Build your system(s)/scenario(s)/deployment(s) using the designs approved in your IATT. Use the built-in Nessus ETT to perform a credentialed scan of the system and provide a link to the results to the HmC support team.

Step 4

Launch your system(s) and access from approved source(s).

Optional Step

Some organizations can not ensure repeatable assignment of source IPs. If that is the case, users can register their approved external system(s) with a dynamic DNS service. Most dynamic DNS services can use a client on your local system or offer a web portal registration (in the event local policy on the system does not allow installation of client agent). This will require an asset to the server side system(s) inside of HmC that leverages the dynamic DNS service to manage its access list. The dynamic domain name and IP pool still need to be provided to HmC support team.

Coming Soon...Example Asset

HmC support is developing an example asset that takes a list of approved DNS names, performs a look up and then populate access control mechanisms. When using this asset, there may be a lag when first connecting from a new location but it is typically minutes and is automated.