U.S. Department of Defense adjusts to new normal of telework, and how to secure data for critical uses

June 17, 2020
Some DOD data lives in an unclassified environment, and officials are looking at options to preserve this data and port it into other environments.

WASHINGTON – The COVID-19 coronavirus has influenced every level of operations within the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD), making it difficult to imagine a quick return to the old ways of doing things. C4ISRnet reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

17 June 2020 -- The most recent evidence is in comments by Defense Secretary Mark Esper at a virtual Brookings Institution event: “There will be a new normal that we will have to adapt to for an extended period of time at least until we have a vaccine that we’re confident in.”

Esper also noted he was “pleasantly surprised” at the level of productivity Pentagon employees have achieved while teleworking under less-than-ideal conditions. Balancing productivity with the need to defend national security over a period of upcoming months, if not years, represents a challenge and opportunity as DOD personnel turn to commercially available telework tools.

When we started to think about the tools that the DOD would need to navigate this radically changing environment, we realized they must address the fact that the department’s secure data will now need be stored in a variety of places on-premises as well as in remote environments.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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