If your team starts to work from home, you’re widening your exposure to potential threats. And cracks can quickly appear in your business’s protection. If an employee requires a computer/laptop, especially if they need access to shared networks or data, it is really important they do not use a personal laptop.
Here’s a quick overview of what else should be considered:
- Ensure your employees are using approved devices for work purposes only, especially if you use a VPN (Virtual Private Network, which is the safest way to work remotely)
- Educate employees on device use while at home (not using work devices for game downloads etc)
- Ensure all devices have anti-virus software
- Make sure wi-fi passwords are changed before using home wi-fi for business purposes
- Set up multi factor authentication
If your employees need to work from home, it’s important that they are able to access everything they need to fulfil their responsibilities.
We advise ensuring all data and files are kept in one secure location that is regularly backed up. SharePoint, part of Office 365 is a great way to save files and access them safely from different locations and devices.
Home Office Setup
If your employees have to work from home because of a Coronavirus emergency, the obvious question to ask is: does your team have the equipment they need to work remotely?
With the majority of office devices being desktop, it’s important to consider sooner rather than later if you need to buy laptops. Especially, as the advice is to provide employees with safe and secure work laptops, should they need to access shared networks and if your business uses a VPN.
You must also consider telephony systems. If your team requires access to an internal phone system, could Microsoft Teams (in Office 365) be a better way to minimise costs if you are already using Office 365. Or do you need to look at other systems and work phones for employees?
What some of our clients say..
- Rachel Walton
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Lexden Computers have been my go-to IT management company for the past 25 years, in 2 different workplaces. I cannot fault them on any aspect of their work. If everything goes down, they are on the problem within 30 minutes. Over the past year, they have upgraded all our IT equipment, developed a new website which is totally accessible to those with any kind of disability, and enabled all office staff to work from home. They provide a friendly, energetic and efficient service, and nothing is ever too much trouble. I would not go anywhere else for IT support.
- Grahame Jackson
We, as Parker Castle have used Lexden as our IT support for over 20 years. They have always provided us with a first class service, responding promptly if we have problems and sorting them in a timely manner. They manage our network, emails our PCs, servers etc ensuring we are protected from malware, viruses, scammers etc at all time so we are as safe as we can be on the internet. As a financial services company it is imperative that our data is protected and monitored constantly and Lexden have done this for us. I would have no hesitation in recommending them.
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