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Oklahoma CISO says pandemic accelerated zero-trust implementation

March 30, 2021

With more than half of the Oklahoma state government’s 30,000-person workforce still performing their duties remotely a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, statewide Chief Information Security Officer Matt Singleton said Tuesday the health crisis encouraged his team to drastically accelerate its implementation of new cybersecurity measures like zero-trust identity management.

Over the past 18 months — and particularly since March 2020 — Singleton said his division within the state Office of Management and Enterprise Services has completed 38 “significant” initiatives, including new cloud proxy servers, a new VPN and replacements of endpoint detection, antivirus and network intrusion systems.

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