Tag Archives: telework

John Sherman: DoD Extends Commercial Virtual Remote Capability to June 2021

John Sherman

John Sherman, principal deputy chief information officer at the Department of Defense (DoD), said DoD has moved to extend to June 2021 the use of the commercial virtual remote environment to support employees who are teleworking. Sherman said that over a million users are adopting the capability to perform calls, teaming and video conferences.

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SAIC Publishes Report on COVID-19 Effect on Work Operations; Mark Forman Quoted

Mark Forman

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) has published an independent survey, conducted by Market Connections, of C-level federal government executives. The survey gauged their opinions of how COVID-19 has shifted the workforce. “The pandemic introduced unprecedented challenges for federal agencies, especially those in agencies charged with public health and economic security,” said Mark Forman, vice president, digital government strategy, SAIC. 

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FedRAMP’s Ashley Mahan on Increase in Cloud Services Reuse

Ashley Mahan

Ashley Mahan, director of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), said that FedRAMP saw a 50 percent rise in government agencies reusing certified cloud services in fiscal year 2020 as those organizations continue to work to meet the telework requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Oki Mek: AI, Machine Learning Could Help Speed Up ATO Processes

Artificial Intelligence

Hackers are targeting federal information technology systems as employees transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic and Oki Mek, a top IT adviser at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), said that highlights the need to accelerate the authority to operate processes using artificial intelligence and machine learning. 

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Stuart McGuigan: State Dept Expedites App Delivery in Support of Teleworkers

Stuart McGuigan

Stuart McGuigan, chief information officer of the State Department, said the COVID-19 pandemic prompted the department to accelerate the deployment of collaboration and productivity tools to remote employees in order for them to perform critical work. “The ability to dynamically form a team, share information, share analytics, make a decision, and then execute is something we want to continue,” he said.

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Bruce Jette, James Geurts, Will Roper Talk Post-Pandemic Changes in Military Ops

Supply Chain

Leaders from the U.S. Army, Navy and Air Force have said that their respective service branches need to implement changes in force operations, supply chain management and workforce settings following the COVID-19 pandemic. Wash100 Award winners James Geurts, Will Roper and Bruce Jette comment on recent changes and new initiatives. 

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CISA Issues Telework Security Toolkit

Emotet Malware

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has released a toolkit to help agencies, information technology teams and teleworking personnel ensure the security of systems and data amid remote work settings. In addition, CISA recommends that agencies establish a “cyber secure, hybrid culture” for remote work and enact policies that focus on human behavior and cyber hygiene basics.

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OPM Davelops Cloud Practice to Streamline Operations; Akanksha Sharma Quoted

Akanksha Sharma

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has created a cloud practice to meet the agency’s need to make informed telework decisions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the cloud practice, OPM facilities spent two to three hours a day scraping data on COVID-19 cases from state and federal websites. 

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NOAA’s Chi Kang on SD-WAN, Network Segmentation Benefits

National Oceanic

Chi Kang, deputy director for operations at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) cybersecurity division, has said that segmentation and software-defined, wide-area networking (SD-WAN) can support the implementation of zero-trust concepts. Kang said that SD-WAN has the capacity to ensure visibility and control across disparate networks and multiple endpoints.

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NASA Sees Uptick in Cyber Threats as Employees Shift to Remote Work; Jeff Seaton, Paul Martin Quoted

Cyber Threats

NASA officials told the House Space Subcommittee o n Friday that the transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to new cybersecurity challenges. Paul Martin, NASA inspector general, told the House subpanel during the hearing that the space agency has seen an increase in cyber threats including phishing attempts during the period.

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