CIOs, CISO Navigate Management, Culture Barriers to Telework Amid Coronavirus

Nearly a week into the Trump administration’s directive to maximize telework, agencies have adjusted to a new normal under the coronavirus pandemic.

Agency leadership last week requested nearly $46 billion in emergency funding to, in part, bolster IT systems to withstand a greater volume of remote traffic.

But aside from technical issues like capacity, federal IT and cybersecurity officials say management and workplace culture issues remain a persistent challenge in maintaining regular operations through telework.

Jeff Greene, the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence, said the agency has met with Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency officials on ways to fill in some of the cyber gaps in telework guidance.

Greene, during a livestream event Monday on cybersecurity considerations for telework hosted by Venable, said any new guidance would reflect updates in new telework technology and practices.

“We are coordinating a talk with folks at CISA. We’re kicking off potentially a new effort looking at gaps to fill in between some of the telework guidance that’s been out there by NIST for years and new telework practices and technology. We hope to collaborate a little bit more in-depth,” Greene said.

NIST last week gave advice to organizations on how to keep virtual meetings secure during the coronavirus pandemic.

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