The COVID-19 pandemic has certainly changed more than our overall health system, impacting Continuity of Operations (COOP) planning for US government organizations, as well as U.S. organizations located outside of the continental United States (OCONUS). These changes have helped organizations reprioritize disaster recovery and continuity of operations planning.
From a COOP perspective during a pandemic, many organizations are now working in remote locations, which is pointing to the need for embracing new security models such as Zero Trust, the software-defined perimeter, and Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). For permanent locations abroad such as U.S. embassies, organizations truly need to reconsider COOP with regards to security and dispersed workforces – even those needing access to classified information.
These were the key themes of the Government Technology Insider “Disaster Recovery and Continuity of Operations Planning in a Post-Pandemic World” podcast interview where Mike Young, Client Partner handling Public Sector Sales in EMEA (Europe, Middle East, and Africa) at Verizon, discussed OCONUS disaster recovery and COOP further.
“Continuity of operations planning from a U.S. government perspective involves many different elements, which includes the ability to continue leadership decisions and support the overall mission,” said Young. “And, COVID has shown us that we need to implement new security models that enable connectivity from any location.”