Vice Adm. Nancy Norton: DISA’s Updated Strategic Plan Takes Into Account Pandemic-Related Changes

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Vice Adm. Nancy Norton, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency a previous Wash100 awardee, said DISA will release in the coming weeks its updated Strategic Plan taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic and other operational changes, Nextgov reported Thursday. 

“It’s not a big difference but it is very definitely accounting for all of the changes that have happened around us in the last year,” Norton said Thursday during an AFCEA-hosted webinar. “Of course, the biggest one is COVID-19 and the mass telework environment that we’re in.” 

She said the cloud-based internet isolation program to counter web-based threats is one of the capabilities DISA has implemented during the pandemic while meeting one of the goals of the strategy. 

“Implementing the CBII helped DISA enable the Defense Health Agency’s telehealth program when they needed it the most, supporting operations during this pandemic,” Norton said. “It also allowed our Air Force missileers on long-duty rotations to set up to meet new quarantine requirements to have much-needed access during their downtime.” 

DISA issued in July 2019 its four-year Strategic Plan that provides a framework to guide the agency’s resource allocation, assessment criteria and planning priorities through 2022 in support of the joint forces’ efforts to counter adversaries, ensure resilience and adapt to challenges.

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