Best Practices for Remote Work during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Tuesday, March 17th

With the World Health Organization (WHO) classifying Coronavirus as a “pandemic”, businesses locally, nationally and around the globe need to take significant preventative action to protect their workforce.

If remote work is, or becomes a reality for your business, substantial vigilance should be taken before implementing or expanding remote access to your computer network.

Firewall
  • Utilize behavioral based firewall technology
  • Utilize a secure VPN connection through your firewall to allow for remote access.
  • Ensure two factor authentication is enabled for remote access users to securely authenticate to your network
Users
  • Ensure remote users abide by a complex password policy. Passwords should include numbers and special characters and change at least every 90 days.
  • Require automatic logout after 15 minutes of activity
  • Advise employees to avoid public Wi-Fi connections and non-secure file sharing services such as Google Docs
  • Be aware of opportunistic undesirable behavior. Phishing scams capitating on the pandemic hysteria are already having an impact.
Devices
  • Require behavioral based Anti-Virus on all devices used to remotely access your network.
  • Ensure Windows, Anti-Virus and Web Browsers are updated
  • Ensure installed chat systems such as Microsoft Teams encrypt messages in transit and at rest.
 

I-Evolve Technology Solutions to Support Health Concerns around COVID-19

 
i-Communicate - Cloud Voice as a Service to improve ability to work from anywhere
  • Chat
  • Voicemail to E-Mail
  • Presence
  • Conferencing
 
i-VDesktop – Cloud Desktop as a Service for on-prem employees who now need to be remote but feel like they are in the office
  • Anytime
  • Anywhere
  • Any Device
 
i-Comply Cloud Managed Firewall – Protects your internal and cloud networks from malicious activity. Allows end users to securely connect in from remote locations.
  • Encryption
  • Remote Access
  • Two Factor Authentication