As communities and businesses across the world come to grips with the effects of the Coronavirus (Covid-19) we wanted to share some IT tips we thought might be useful to ensure the continuity of your business operations:
- GIVE YOUR TEAMS THE TOOLS THEY NEED FOR REMOTE WORKING
It could be that your teams are still currently working out of your business premises but looking ahead, and taking into account advice from public authorities, you may want to ensure your teams have the tools they need to be able to work remotely if needed.
At the most basic level, this is going to be providing online meeting capability but it can also extend to collaborative chat, project working and file sharing. If you don’t have a solution in place for this Microsoft is currently offering a Freemium version of Teams here to help get you up and running quickly
- PUT IN PLACE REMOTE CONTROL CAPABILITIES
Things are moving relatively rapidly on the ground and the more you can automate the maintenance and support of your users – who are more likely to be WHF and geographically spread – the better your resilience and continuity will be. So, if you don’t have remote control capabilities in place you should be considering them urgently.
- CONTINUE TO KEEP YOUR NETWORK SAFE
The current level of disruption is likely to be seen as an opportunity by Cyber Thieves – in fact, research by Checkpoint suggest that this happening now – so it’s essential that you keep your network secure which means ensuring patches are up to date, that you continue to backup your data and ensuring your email is protected.
There are also 2 primary methods being used by Cybercriminals that your teams need to be aware of:
o Covid-19 Phishing – where bulk emails which are designed to look like Govt emails on Coronavirus are sent with links to ransomware
o Coronavirus Spear Phishing – where social media and other platform are pushing people to fake websites for test kits etc but where hackers gather the intelligence to penetrate your network
Overall, and most importantly, take good care of yourselves and your teams. If we can help with anything, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
The Managed IT Experts Team