Eric Jung, Commercial Solutions for Classified program manager at Perspecta Labs, wrote in a Federal Times article published Tuesday that agencies should still prioritize fielding of secure telework capabilities to support remote employees and ensure continuity of operations even as they start reopening offices.
He cited the National Security Agency’s CSfC program and how its security requirements could help facilitate secure telework environments for remote personnel.
“Meeting the requirements of the CSfC program is the critical initial step to meet the government’s current needs for efficient and effective mobile classified data access,” he wrote. “But typical configuration processes don’t provide the flexibility agencies need to rapidly enable workforces. The security requirements from the NSA need to be augmented to make such devices easy to provision, deploy and use.”
Jung said agencies should use automated tools to speed up installation and configuration processes for end-user devices under the CSfC program.
“With the right solution, IT leaders will avoid manual steps, improve the speed and accuracy of device provisioning, while reducing the training required for the personnel performing the provisioning,” he wrote. “Ultimately, automated tools can reduce configuration time from 4+ hours per device down to 15 minutes, saving agencies resources and valuable time.”