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Greg Smithberger

CIO, NSA

CIO, NSA

The NSA had to try something very new to the agency amid the COVID-19 pandemic. With CIO Greg Smithberger’s leadership, the agency made the move to telework for unclassified work when the crisis struck. One of the big things he had to do was figure out what could even be done remotely and what needed to be done at NSA’s secure facilities. “It’s kind of become more of a standard for us to see how much we can actually do in a less protected environment to leverage our ability to work with some corporate partners who, in some cases, simply don’t have access to a SCIF but are fully cleared people,” he said last year. “In other cases, we’re building a sort of a variation on this environment, where we’re going to be doing a lot more collaboration with people who don’t have clearances for the capabilities mission, for NSA’s cybersecurity mission, for our research.”

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