When the pandemic pushed state workers in Colorado home, the state’s security department “became the heroes,” said Deborah Blyth, chief information security officer of State of Colorado.
They “saw a new value in our organization,” as the department toiled to provision VPN accounts and scale from 10,000 concurrent sessions to 30,000 over the first weekend that workers went home, Blyth said during a Women in Cybersecurity Leading Through Unprecedented Change roundtable, hosted by the National Cybersecurity Alliance and Proofpoint.
The state had the advantage of having moved steadily to the cloud over the previous few years, which made the transition to remote working that much easier, a sentiment echoed by fellow panelist Mary Haynes, vice president of network security at Charter Communications, which moved 95,000 of 100,000 employees out of the office to work remotely.
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