FCW: Pandemic reshapes workforce paradigms at DHS

“The work-from-home model the pandemic imposed on everyone, including federal IT operations, has agencies such as the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Communications Commission rethinking continuity planning models.”

“‘This wasn’t an event we specifically prepared for’ in planning for continuity of operations, DHS acting CIO Beth Cappello said. ‘We didn’t plan on working in isolation.’”

“Traditional operational continuity planning, Capello said in remarks in a CyberScoop ‘Security a Remote Workforce’ webinar, focuses on moving workers to an alternate site.”

“As the pandemic response began, Capello said DHS had solid cloud infrastructure and virtual private networks that its components leveraged. However, she said, components used it differently to get their operations up and running in the pandemic…”

“‘Long term, we need to open the aperture on continuity planning to think about a circumstance like this with people working remotely for a longer time, as well as what security will look like,’ she said…” Read the full article here.

Source: Pandemic reshapes workforce paradigms at DHS – By Mark Rockwell, May 21, 2020. FCW.

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