The U.S. Air Force experienced a high level of productivity after staff switched to remote work during the pandemic and will allow employees to continue telecommuting even after the health crisis ends, according to an official.

“We’re not going back,” said Wanda Jones-Heath, chief information security officer for the military branch.  “We have proven that we’re able to continue to operate in a very high fashion,” she said during a virtual panel, as reported by information-technology website MeriTalk on March 3.

The move to remote work has brought security and privacy concerns to the fore, she added, with the Air Force emphasizing continuous monitoring and staff training, she said.

In addition, Jones-Heath vaunted her agency’s greater collaboration with developers than before the pandemic.

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