Tag Archives: telework

Zscaler Adds New Features to Zero Trust Exchange; Amit Sinha Quoted

Amit Sinha

Zscaler has announced new data protection innovations in the Zscaler Zero Trust Exchange that will protect organizations in telework by securely connecting users, devices and applications. Zscaler has built its Zero Trust Exchange on a Secure Access Services Edge (SASE) framework, which will expand the offering’s data protection capabilities. 

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Christopher Krebs: Agencies Shifting to Telework Should Boost Investments in Cyber Tools

Christopher Krebs

Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and a 2020 Wash100 awardee, said agencies transitioning to the cloud to support telework should consolidate and increase investments in security tools to better manage cyber threats.

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Maria Roat, Deputy Federal CIO, Discusses Federal IT Modernization

Maria Roat

Maria Roat, deputy federal chief information officer (CIO) and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how developing emerging technologies, such as quantum computing, could invalidate encryption methodologies in the future. She added that federal systems must evolve to support innovation. Roat noted that investing in modern zero-trust security architectures and flexible, scalable cloud-solutions is essential to agencies. 

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DHS CHCO Angela Bailey on DHS Workforce Support Efforts Amid COVID-19

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Angela Bailey, chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has said the department is nearing 100 percent in telework operations and working on initiatives focused on employee wellness. Bailey said her office has launched virtual leadership development initiatives and mindfulness training to support quarantined staff and improve employee skillsets. 

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Aaron Weis: Navy to Implement Microsoft-Built Enterprise Collaboration Platform in 2021

Aaron Weis

Aaron Weis, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is transitioning away from a Microsoft-built collaboration tool temporarily deployed for telework operations, C4ISRnet reported Wednesday. Office 365, which includes document-sharing and telephony tools, is expected to replace the CVR platform currently supporting around 200,000 DoD users.

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NASA, GPO Officials Talk Agency Efforts to Address Telework Needs

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Sam Musa and Emma Antunes, the respective chief information officers of the Government Publishing Office (GPO) and NASA, said their agencies are working on approaches to telework following the COVID-19 pandemic. GPO also implemented a virtual private network and security tokens to minimize the need for physical presence.

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Catherine Marsh: IARPA Leverages Cloud to Back Telework Environment

Catherine Marsh

Catherine Marsh, director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA), said IARPA’s cloud infrastructure enabled the agency to support employees who have transitioned to telework during the COVID-19 pandemic. “One of the major accomplishments at IARPA has really been our seamless transition to a remote working environment in the cloud,” Marsh said.

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Telework Increases Productivity within Defense Department; Gen. Arnold Bunch Quoted

Gen. Arnold Bunch

Gen. Arnold Bunch, the commander of U.S. Air Force Materiel Command, recently noted that productivity of the service branch’s workforce has increased in almost-all telework environments, Federal News Network reported on Monday. Bunch noted that he has directed a review of position descriptions across his 80,000-person command to decide if they’re more telework-compatible.

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DISA Backs Telework With Endpoint Security, Cloud Services Expansion

DISA

The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is expanding its cloud offerings and improving endpoint security to continue supporting telework arrangement. DISA also has broadened the use of multifactor authentication pilots as part of the agency’s endpoint security improvement efforts.

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Air Force’s Rob Beutel on Pandemic-Driven Changes in Stakeholder Dialogue

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Rob Beutel, deputy chief information technology officer of the U.S. Air Force, has said that telework operations did not prevent his team from evaluating new technologies through online demonstrations. “Now, on a daily basis we can meet with [any] company,” he noted.

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