Microsoft Teams: A Necessity for Effective Remote Workforces
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Not too long ago, you may have thought it would be impossible for your business to operate with an empty office. Maybe you still do – but with each day that passes, you have less of a choice in the matter.
The continuation of the coronavirus pandemic has caused countless businesses to send their employees home to keep them healthy and prevent further transmission of the virus. These businesses are finding out how easy it can be to launch a remote working model – that is, if they have the right technologies in place.
Can you keep your staff productive while they work from home?
The most direct way to maintain business continuity is to deploy remote access. When needed (i.e., during a quarantine), users can access corporate data and applications by VPN. Once logged in, the user can make use of the software, access and modify data, and more, all without having to be at the office.
There are a number of primary considerations that must be kept in mind prior to embracing a remote workforce, including:
Once you have your business’ remote work capabilities in place, then you need to think about your staff. Make sure to meet with them and answer the following 5 questions:
Cybersecurity will be a primary concern as your staff works from home in the coming weeks.
Consider that, at the office, everything is protected by the same set of cybersecurity solutions – firewalls, antivirus software, etc. These are defenses that you’ve invested in and can trust. Is the same true of your employees’ home networks and personal devices? Probably not.
The bottom line is that the easier it is for your staff to access business data, the easier it becomes for cybercriminals to do so as well. The more people you have accessing your data remotely, the more variables there are in your cybersecurity defense.
That’s why you need to take additional steps to secure remote access:
If you recognize the need for remote work capabilities at this time, then you need to learn more and take action. Talk to a qualified IT company like Tier One Technology Partners to find out how the cloud can help you do what you do, no matter where your staff is working from.
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