State Department CIO Stuart McGuigan: Cloud strategy smoothed shift to remote work

“The cloud is your friend in tough times, said Stuart McGuigan, CIO of the State Department’s Bureau of Information Resource Management. The State Department began moving its operations to the cloud in 2019, and while it wasn’t completely prepared to have all of its employees work remotely, it wasn’t caught flat-footed by the sudden shift to remote work brought on by the pandemic, he said.”

“By the end of 2019, the agency had every staff member on Office 365, and they all had access to cloud services and centralized IT support, McGuigan said during a webcast on government cybersecurity in the COVID 19 environment. As the agency entered 2020, its cloud adoption strategy was gaining momentum, which put it in a good position when the pandemic struck, he said…”

“The move to the cloud has facilitated identity management, cyber hygiene and two-factor authentication — keys to keeping ahead of cybercriminals and bad actors in the current environment, he said. It has also brought less tangible benefits, including new credibility and accelerated modernization. ‘We went through three years of behavioral changes, adapting to [collaborative applications] Teams, Webex in three months…’” Read the full article here.

Source: Cloud strategy smoothed State Department’s shift to remote work – By Mark Rockwell, June 11, 2020. GCN.

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