Coronavirus Response: 5 Steps for Safe Remote Access

The current Coronavirus scare gripping the world is forcing companies big and small to face an important question – what happens when your workforce can’t come to work? 

It’s certainly not a new concept – the number of people working remotely has steadily increased in recent years. Many companies already have the systems and structure in place to remain productive despite global interruptions like this, even if their staff is forced to self-quarantine. For those companies that are scrambling to get their remote desktop capabilities up and running, here are five tips to make sure your Coronavirus contingency plan will keep your computer systems healthy, too. 

Update Before It’s Too Late: First step – verify that all software has been updated immediately. This will give you a chance at swiftly responding to whatever the next few weeks may hold. 

Enable Two-Factor Authentication: This requires computer and network users to provide two forms of authentication in order to gain access. In theory, this makes a hacker’s job twice as difficult, severely limiting risk of a breach. 

Invest in a VPN: Installing virtual private network capabilities onto your company devices will encrypt the data they transmit, which is an especially useful security tool when using susceptible home networks. 

Enable Full Disk Encryption: Enabling this option on any equipment that leaves the office will protect sensitive files stored within your devices, even in the case of theft. They may lose a little processing speed, but the security is well worth it. 

Review Your Roles: Take the time to make sure everyone has a clear understanding of your security processes, including new and existing policies, guidelines for acceptable use and individual roles. 

Like the Coronavirus itself, there’s no way to guarantee you’ll stay virus-free. Taking the right precautions, however, can help keep your workers working – even if they can’t come into the office. 

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