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Transitioning to a Remote Workforce Amidst COVID-19

SECURITY and SAFETY are the primary concerns with remote workforce. ComputerLand provides solutions to ensure business continuity while mitigating risks.

As widespread remote work policies and procedures have been implemented to facilitate social distancing and “flatten the curve.” We need to simultaneously be mindful of increased security risks. Risks can present themselves as a pandemic-related phishing email to increased pressure on network architecture.

ComputerLand has always and will continue to provide the highest-level of service to all our customers as it has done since 1991. Ensuring secure continuity is our top priority. We have the infrastructure in place to assist your team with this transition.

Our strategic partners are providing free or enhanced Cloud services to assist with the immediate transformation of the workforce. There are also solutions for collaboration tools as well as managing remote devices through a central dashboard, along with network devices.

Successful transitioning from in-office to off-site requires a clear plan in place to keep operations going with minimal downtime and without sacrificing productivity, and communications.

During a time of limited customer support with many companies – it’s vital to keep systems running as smooth as possible. There are proactive and preventative measures to implement to protect remote workers.

Click here for checklist of essential actions to mitigate security risks associated with working remotely.

All of us at ComputerLand are here to help, in any way possible.

Important Steps to Minimize Risks for Working Remotely:

Now more than ever remote workers need to be aware and protected.

It is unfortunate that during times of crisis, hackers find ways to prey on vulnerabilities. To make the Covid-19 situation worse, hackers have introduced a new type of ransomware known as CovidLock which encrypts key data on an Android device and denies access to the victims unless they pay up, according to the threat intelligence firm DomainTools.

Also, DoppelPaymer ransomware is already sending coronavirus related phishing messages to end-users around the globe. These attacks typically arrive through a phishing email with a Word document and a password.

Many of our partners are offering free versions to help protect the increase in remote workers.

In the event ransomware encrypts files, or system fails to boot, hard drive crash or important files get corrupted or accidentally deleted, recovery is done in minutes. You will be able to get your systems restored and running quickly from physical appliances, virtual servers, offsite locations, or the cloud.

These solutions will protect hybrid physical, virtual, and SaaS environments.

Don’t risk having any of your employees on non-secure connections.

Increased traffic into your company’s servers and private data require the highest level of frontline protection. We have solutions to provide the remote workforce with secure, reliable access to protect from advanced security threats while gaining greater security control.

Does your organization have enough virtual private network (VPN) licenses to accommodate the increase of remote users?

MFA (or 2FA) ensures your accounts are up to 99.9% less likely to be compromised and provides users secure, seamless access to all their apps with single sign-on from any location or device.

1. Multi-factor authentication

This type of authentication will act as an additional layer of security on top of your remote employees’ accounts. The more security layers in place, the little the risk of a cyber-criminal to gain access to your sensitive systems.

2. Password Manager

Besides multi-factor authentication, in regards to passwords, your employees should also be using a password manager. This way, they will not need to remember all of the different passwords that they need to set up for their work-related accounts.

3. VPN

VPN connections are crucial when your employees connect to unsecured networks, such as Wi-Fi hotspots, even when they work from home. It’s recommended for your employees to be using your company’s VPN. What this tool does is it routes the traffic through the internet from your organization’s private network, ensuring even more security. Basically, anyone who tries to intercept the encrypted data will not be able to read it. And this way, your employees will be able to connect to your company’s intranet, the private network designed to be used only by your company’s staff (in case you have one).

4. Firewall

A firewall will prevent unauthorized access to and from the network, further strengthening the security of your employees’ devices. What firewalls do is they monitor network traffic, at the same time finding and blocking unwanted traffic. So, firewalls are important tools that will protect your remote endpoints against various cyber threats.

5. A strong EDR solution

Its recommended you deploy a complete endpoint detection and response (EDR) solution, that will allow you to remotely prevent next-gen malware, data leakage, respond quickly to threats, and automatically manage software deployment and patching.

Flexible migration to the cloud for Remote Desktop Services.

Microsoft WVD is an out-of-the-box and automated Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) cloud control plane hosted in Azure.

Download our recent Microsoft WVD case study to see how WVD can make your organization immediately remote ready

Avoid disruptions and ensure the availability of data and applications. Cloud, flash, virtual, big data, software-defined storage, and data backup and recovery solutions.

Endpoint, Web or Firewall –Multiple security solutions to ensure your workers and your organization are fully protected.

With an increase in personal computers being used for remote work, increased security measures are essential. Should an unprotected endpoint become compromised, it is possible that during a VPN connection, that vulnerability is introduced into an organization’s IT environment.

Maintain productivity, communication, and employee morale.

Team Collaboration Software - Browser-based or App Software. Features include activity streams, calendar integrations, file sharing, versioning, project management.

Web Conferencing Software – Face-to-face is still necessary for optimal communication. Whether it is 1:1, or 100’s of live participants the need for real-time interactions increases productivity.

Mobile VoIP Apps – Keep your business number and have calls forwarded to a cell or other designated line or laptop

Short- and Long-term rentals for your workforce. We can also assist with imaging and licensing prior to delivery.

ADOBE Offering Students Free At-Home Access to Creative Cloud. Higher education and K-12 institutions that pay for on-campus access for their students simply need to request “temporary ‘at-home’ access” through this link. Once verified, access will be granted, free of charge, through May 31st, 2020.

AVAYA Spaces Conferencing Software Available for Free for Education and Non-Profits.

GOOGLE Offering free access to “advanced” features for Hangouts Meet to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally through July 1st, 2020.

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