As the world continues to manage the CoVid 19 Pandemic, governments and businesses are taking preventive measures to ‘flatten the curve’. Some of the steps include social distancing, closing schools, large public gatherings, and encouraging employers to promote the culture of remote working.
While everyone is hoping that Coronavirus does not affect their lives directly, the reality is that businesses are already moving towards their contingency plans to avoid disruption to their operations. Companies like Google, Microsoft and Apple have announced remote working policies for their employees. Working from home is going to become the new normal.
With this ‘new normal’ companies must be aware of the potential challenges this may create, Including the security of their business and IT structures while ensuring that their employees remain productive.
Here are a few ways to set up a functional workspace and reliable communication with your employees while maintaining the security of your business.
Providing Easy Access to Users
Making sure that all users are given access to programs, tools and documents that they will require to be able to work remotely is critical. Self-service portals can provide a simpler alternative which are also user-friendly.
Securing All Devices and Systems
When people are not in the office, there is a higher risk of stolen devices and malware breaches. Companies should ensure that their defences are robust against such threats. All operating systems, devices and software applications should be updated and encrypted to prevent any misuse. Encryption tools like BitLocker can be used for this purpose.
Creating a Safe Connection to the Office
To provide safe access to business assets and online services, you can use a virtual private network. It creates an encrypted network connection that provides a safe way for employees to connect to their office resources online.
Scanning Emails and Web Filtering
Remote working will lead to an increase in online communication via the email. It is crucial to ensure that emails are protected and to stay clear of phishing scams that could compromise security. Enabling web filtering rules on devices will help protect users from any harmful sources. Employees will be able to access appropriate content which will help them do their jobs.
Using Cloud Storage
Using Cloud Storage will help employees access their data even if their device fails while working from home. Any important files or documents should be backed up on the Cloud. However, sensitive files should be protected so that they cannot be misused. Multi-factor authentication can help protect your data stored in the Cloud.
Providing Assistance to Employees
An essential part of remote working is providing the help your employees might need if they face any issues. People will be unable to call the IT department and will need to resolve any issues themselves. Giving your employees a quick and easy way to report any IT security issues is important.
Companies must create a comfortable remote working environment for their employees to navigate through the challenges that the COVID-19 has brought. Ensuring the safety of your business and workers should be prioritised, and efforts have to be made for the smooth shift to remote working.
For all your remote working IT support please feel free to contact AMIT or call on 1300 720 790.