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StateScoop: The coronavirus pandemic could crush states' digital transformation

[The] quick and radical overhaul of government work presents a mixture of new security challenges, and an opportunity to accelerate projects.

April 21, 2020 50 second read

by Benjamin Freed

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has upended how government works, forcing a sudden shift to widespread telework, an unprecedented demand on public-benefit programs like unemployment insurance and an almost universal cessation of in-person services, as the social-distancing practices meant to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus prevents people from going to government offices, and inspire little confidence about when normal society will begin to resume.

To some observers — and eager vendors — this quick and radical overhaul of government work presents a mixture of new security challenges, and an opportunity to accelerate projects.

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John Evans, now the chief technology adviser with IT services provider World Wide Technology, suggested some transformation could be achieved through the rapid expansion of cloud use and bulk purchasing of additional licenses for firewalls and other cybersecurity products so government workers, logging in from their homes, can still function in a secure environment.

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