U.S. DoD Bolsters VPN Capacity to Support Remote Working

US Department of Defense | July 20, 2020

U.S. DoD Bolsters VPN Capacity to Support Remote Working
As businesses and other organizations shifted to working from home during the pandemic, so too did the US Department of Defense's Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) which worked to bolster network and VPN capacity. In a recent keynote address to the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association, Vice Admiral Nancy Norton provided more details on the measures DISA and the Joint Force Headquarters Department of Defense Information Networks (DODIN) took to ensure that its staff could keep working during the pandemic.

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Liqid | September 16, 2021

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