Lindy Kyzer, ClearanceJobs (Published August 17, 2020)
COVID-19 is turning every workplace on its head, including the national security community. The U.S. Army and Air Force have already announced accelerating plans to make Top Secret telework possible. Now the National Security Agency is noting that it’s considering how even its workers could take advantage of telework options.
“It’s kind of become more of a standard for us to see how much we can actually do in a less protected environment to leverage our ability to work with some corporate partners who, in some cases, simply don’t have access to a SCIF but are fully cleared people,” said NSA CIO Greg Smithberger, during a recent webinar hosted by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. “In other cases, we’re building a sort of a variation on this environment, where we’re going to be doing a lot more collaboration with people who don’t have clearances for the capabilities mission, for NSA’s cybersecurity mission, for our research.”
The move is an impressive one known for its stringent standards and requirements, and a propensity for doing all work on the most Top Secret network. The move to doing work differently at the NSA didn’t start with COVID – but like the Army and Air Force, it’s making it clear having different options, including secure cloud environments, is necessary.Read the Full Article