Whether your company was originally designed to support remote work or not, it’s never been more clear; your business model should create systems for site employees to work efficiently and securely if necessary. Even if it’s not business as usual, the COVID-19 crisis has shown us that there are potential scenarios when employees can be required to work from home. It’s important to provide your team with the tools and provisions they need, in that case.
Security for Remote Employees
When working away from the office, security can obviously be a concern. However, there are steps to take to ensure that your team’s information and data are protected.
Though login/password combos can be vulnerable to hackers, multi-factor authentication is a way to ensure that a remote employee’s identity is verified. These measures include verification codes sent to a phone or email address, fingerprints, facial recognition or answers to personal security questions. No matter the specifics, this ensures that only authorized employees are accessing critical data.
Only Use Supported Software
If you haven’t heard, support officially ended for Windows 7 in January 2020. What does that mean? It means that if you continue to run the software, you’ll no longer have access to updates or security protection, and it can leave your data and employees vulnerable to exploitation through malware. Though it is possible to continue running Windows 7, it’s not a best practice.
Efficiency and Cost Reduction When Working Remotely
When employees work away from a central office, there’s less control and consistency over certain aspects, such as phone access. There are ways to create efficient and cost-effective ways to stay in touch with your team.
VOIP, which stands for Voice Over Internet Protocol, is simply phone service over the internet. For remote employees dealing with spotty service, high-cost cell phone providers, or other issues, VOIP is a great solution.
Business continuity plans
Simply put, a business continuity plan creates systems to allow your business to withstand disruption and damage during a disaster. Make sure you have examined ways to continue to be productive and profitable in the event of a major shift.
It’s our job to get systems like these in place, and we’re here to help your company feel prepared and secure to assist remote employees. Give us a call, and we can walk you through the pieces you need to implement in order to stay nimble and productive when your team may be working out of the office.