• Essye Miller, principal deputy, DOD CIO, speaks at a town hall on the response to COVID-19. Credit: Screenshot of DVIDS video
     Essye Miller, principal deputy, DOD CIO, speaks at a town hall on the response to COVID-19. Credit: Screenshot of DVIDS video

Pentagon Leaders Stress Cybersecurity As More Personnel Move to Telework

March 17, 2020
Posted by Julianne Simpson
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During a town hall on the response to COVID-19, leaders at the Pentagon stressed the importance of cybersecurity as more employees shift to telework. Along with personal hygiene, Daniel Walsh, acting director, Pentagon Force Protection Agency, asked Pentagon personnel to practice good cyber hygiene.

Essye Miller, principal deputy, Department of Defense Chief Information Officer, echoed similar sentiments. “With the increased telework capability comes an increased attack surface for our adversaries. They are already taking advantage,” she said.

DOD leaders are developing best practices for employees to use as they move from working in the office into a telework environment. It’s imperative that the same practices used in the office are conveyed to where employees work in the future. It also means not establishing unnecessary security postures by using streaming services like YouTube and Pandora on the DOD network.

See the full town hall below. Any and all updates can be found at www.whs.mil.

Curious how AFCEA is responding to COVID-19? Visit www.afcea.org/site/corona-virus-2019.

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