With the advent of the spread of the Covid-19 virus, the whole world has been practicing social distancing and staying indoors as mandated by the government. With that, we have born witness to a wave of the global remote workforce that was the direct consequence of the deadly virus being out on the loose. While this happened overnight, suddenly the IT teams had to work from home with their limited company set up.
That is a lot of pressure on the IT teams to secure the office environment that is being established online. As all the work is now being conducted from home, it is very important to strengthen data security including technical glitches, accidentally human error, and malicious software attacks. We are you to give you a quick start guide to stay safe while working remotely:
- Only Known Providers: To set up any new online infrastructure, it is advised to count on your very trusted vendors that have enough financial stability and offer sever compliance to security protocols.
- Data Protection: The business data that is being circulated needs to be well protected. Make sure you have an effective backup system and replicate all employees’ laptops and file server backup to the cloud.
- Secure the Network: Using tools such as Rapid7 or Crowdstrike can help you make sure that all laptops are protected under a secured network. Again, make sure to store server backups and replicate the backups to the cloud as well, to have a fool-proof mechanism.
- Cover the Laptops: It is always better to provide laptops to your employees rather than them being forced to use less secure personal devices for work. Securing these devices with endpoint protection measures can prove to be fruitful. It is also advised to install a strong VPN solution on every company laptop to have a secure company network.
- Remote Assistance: You also need to invest in remote connecting software such as ConnectWise or ScreenConnect that can alert your online assistance to immediately rectify any issue by accessing the employee screen.
- Devices and Remote Users: Each endpoint device should be checked for its identity and state of security whether corporate or personally owned. Restriction on access to resources can also be an effective measure to take.
- Cater to Communication needs: Communication tools are an essential part of work-from-home as the only way of conversing is through online platforms. You can provide your customers with tools for instant messaging, video conferencing, and telephony with tools such as Microsoft Teams, Softphones, etc.
- Regular Checks: Conduct regular tests on your backups and the ability to recover. This will keep a check on the quality of your security and also keep you ready for any critical moment.
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