So I got a heads up tonight that the company “Tenable” had an email distributed to employees today concerning the coronavirus (COVID-19). Now I did not get sent the email distributed in the company….but it was an email of concern for the employees (without the actual email I can not say with 100% accuracy what was in that email). What I have been told was that the company sent employees home in the afternoon so that the company could sanitize the work spaces Friday and over the weekend.

So I did my thing…research the heck out of it before I write it up. Sometimes I get time to do that and other times I do not not…but this seemed big…so I tried to do the best I could.

I talked with employees of the company (that I know)…and then talked with representatives of the company. I got lucky on this one. Here is the official statement sent to me by the representatives of the company:

“The health and safety of our employees and our community is our primary concern. Like many other leading companies in the United States, we have decided to move to a work from home arrangement through April 1st. These actions are consistent with the announcement and actions from the office of Maryland’s Governor Hogan today. We are doing our part to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our community.”

Tenable is a BIG employer of members of our community (and other nearby communities) and I appreciate the fact that they talked to me tonight.

The last thing I want to do is put out incorrect information. So the fact that they chatted with me on the phone and sent me a message for our community is awesome in my book.

I believe Tenable is making the right call. They have employees that can telework and support their clients (what a good work model). They are ahead of many other companies that might have to be in this situation in the near future.

The Coronavirus issue will be with us for a while…and to get information for all entities…government, businesses and others is important. I will always respect those willing to tell us what is going on…as opposed to those that try to hide things….maybe that is just me.

Way back in my CIO days Tenable was a client of mine…but I look at them differently today…as a member of the Howard County community and not as an ex-client of HOC.

Keep doing good things Tenable…and invite me to the party when you move into your new space in downtown Columbia to take pictures.

Scott E