How is the remote work revolution going for your business? It looks like the dust is settling as we’re all starting to normalize to our at-home routine to handle the COVID-19 outbreak here in Seattle. That means now is a good time to make sure your organization maintains good cybersecurity habits outside of the office, along with high productivity levels.
For nearly 20 years, the Interplay team has helped many Seattle organizations set up secure and effective remote work capabilities – and that means we’ve got a lot of great tips to share with you!
This article goes in-depth on our top tips, but we have more to offer. Please feel free to contact us if you’d like additional advice on maintaining business cybersecurity for remote workers.
A few weeks ago, Interplay posted a warning about fake coronavirus phishing emails that claimed to be from the CDC. Unfortunately, as the COVID-19 crisis has intensified, malicious hackers have intensified their attacks. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suffered a particularly aggressive attack on March 15-16 and coronavirus-related cybercrime has been skyrocketing.
With your staff working remotely and data integrity being so critical right now, it’s worth it to ensure your cybersecurity practices are tip-top.
Here’s what to do:
With so many sudden changes, it’s tempting to cut costs by using free or “freemium” business tech tools that “mostly” work for your needs. Sorry folks, but bootstrapping just isn’t going to work right now. Juggling a bunch of “halfway-there” tools is going to get you “halfway there” to a job well done.
You need the right tools to get your remote team working right – that’s all there is to it.
With that in mind, we recommend:
Insider tip: Whether you choose MS Teams, Slack, or something else, make sure employees also download the app to their phones. That way, they can keep in touch even if their home internet goes down.
Everyone on your staff on the planet is anxious right now. (Even these people, who weren’t anxious a few days ago.) We’re living through strange, uncertain times.
Because of this, your office productivity will suffer. Guaranteed.
Whether it’s because they’re hitting “refresh” every five minutes on their newsfeeds or texting family members who are far, far away, your employees will be distracted and stressed during the COVID-19 outbreak.
But, as it turns out, small habits can help.
We’re talking about:
Some of these recommendations are easy to follow. For example, here’s a great water-cooler piece: John Oliver’s recent shout out to TikTok Hampster for succinct and accurate coronavirus tips.
(We also recommend Yo-Yo Ma’s #songsofcomfort and the Seattle Symphony’s online performances, as well as social media concerts and a way to turn your favorite songs into your favorite handwashing routines.)
However, while it’s easy for everyone to share great online references, it’s not as easy for everyone to share great IT support or service – but it’s really important to do so.
If you’d like help supporting your remote work team’s IT and cybersecurity needs during the COVID-19 outbreak in Seattle, or if you’d like to set up your Mobile Device Management, business continuity, or communications solutions quickly and securely, Interplay is here for you.
Since 2001, Interplay has brought our unique brand of super-friendly, super-expert IT support and service to Seattle business leaders, which is why we’re now one of the city’s longest-standing MSPs, as well as one of the only true MSPs here in Seattle. We’re committed to helping our community – now and forever.