Is Your Business Ready for the Coronavirus?

13.03.2020

Coronavirus is big news.At time of writing the UK is in the delay phase, the second part of the governments four-phase plan. Several countries have introduced emergency measures. Italy, the worst hit European country is in complete lockdown...

Coronavirus is big news.

At time of writing the UK is in the delay phase, the second part of the governments four-phase plan. Several countries have introduced emergency measures. Italy, the worst hit European country is in complete lockdown. The US have stopped flights from the EU and closer to home, Northern Ireland have closed schools. Health officials have told people in the UK who show “even minor” signs of respiratory tract infections or a fever to self-isolate for seven days in an effort to tackle the outbreak.

Business Continuity

Businesses should be preparing for the worst. The top priority must be to protect the health of employees. Enabling systems where people can work remotely is one way to mitigate risk. Whilst the threat of infectious disease wouldn’t be the number one identified risk when we talk about business continuity the issues are the same as fire, flood or other natural disaster. How does the business operate when workers cannot, or are not recommended to, attend the office or place of work. News of COVID-19, has prompted urgent interest in remote work. Business collaboration software, virtual desktops, and private networks can all help. This tech helps business continue as usual, even with quarantined employees.

The Right Technology for Remote Work

Remote workers require a centralised platform with a simply and secure login process. Business collaboration software is a great enabler of mobile, flexible work. You can replace in-person meetings with voice or video conferencing through tools such as Microsoft Teams. Within a single platform you can chat, call, collaborate on documents and hold meetings. Tools like Teams also simplify access to email, calendars, documents, and file sharing. Employees can use a single sign-on to access business tools and data. This supports improved efficiency and increased transparency.

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is another option. A VPN connects devices including laptops, desktops or even smartphones to a shared or public network as if connecting to a private network. These encrypted connections to the internet secure data and protect employees’ mobile activities. You might also consider a Virtual Desktop which allow users to work separately from their personal computers. The software virtualises the user’s unique desktop environment at any workstation. All the data and applications are stored on a central server. Users access apps, folders, and toolbars from anywhere, with a consistent, secure experience.

How We Can Help You

It is not too late to enable remote working but is does require technology. If you need help please visit our website www.your-itdepartment.co.uk for contact details and further information on our solutions.

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