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How COVID-19 pandemic will affect remote workforce after it passes

A consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic will be an accelerated ramp-up of partial and/or full remote workforces after the pandemic has passed There are advantages and disadvantages to utilizing a remote workforce in lieu of the in-office work experience.  Much of traditional management thinking has been that having employees in the office on a daily …

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Benefits and facilitation of a productive remote workforce

As previously indicated, it is not necessarily intuitive for many organization leaders to appreciate the benefits of a remote workforce.  An immediate perceived loss is the lack of ability to see workers at their desks putting in their scheduled hours.  Also, not having the opportunity for in-office face-to-face collaboration, creativity, and socializing can be an …

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Remote Workforce: Technology Considerations

Many home offices do not maintain the same technology standards, including IT security, that are provided at the employee’s office building.   The remote equipment and network should be evaluated and documented for functionality and security. A prevalent technology for securing remote connections is the use of virtual private networks (VPNs). VPNs create an encrypted tunnel …

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Remote Workforce: Immediate personnel management considerations

It is important to recognize that, in addition to management challenges, employees are adjusting to the new work-at-home environment.  Prioritizing on employee needs is imperative to enabling them to support clients and other business operations.  Ideally, a business continuity plan should be in place in advance of a major business disruption that outlines processes and …

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Remote Workforce: Business continuity is paramount

Maintaining normal or near-normal business operations and minimizing downtime during periods of disruption fall under the umbrella of business continuity.   A failure in business continuity and resulting downtime can potentially result in lost revenue and significant reputation damages. Although most organizations are currently focused on the current disease outbreak, other common possible business disruptions include …

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Zoom Meetings – Video Communications Cyber Vulnerabilities and Remediation

On Tuesday, 4/28/20, the New Jersey Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Cell (NJCCIC) published an advisory that cited certain cyber vulnerabilities associated with the Zoom platform.  This follows a more detailed publication of those vulnerabilities by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security released on 4/27/20, which was referenced by the NJCCIC. The DHS publication recommends that …

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Remote Workforce: Anticipate a migration to an increased remote workforce as the new normal

Although the deployment of remote workforces has been gradually growing over a period of several years, the current pandemic has mandated exponential growth of remote workers in a very short period of time. This creates new challenges from a technical, security, and personnel management perspective. Although the opportunity for worker in-office interaction and socializing are …

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Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Fraud

Protecting Yourself from COVID-19 Fraud

Breaking from powersolution’s typicaly IT/Security related news blasts, we felt obligated to send out a more general PSA type communication related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of powersolution’s membership of Infragard, the FBI released a Liaison Information Report (LIR) documenting how criminals are exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic by selling counterfeit goods. Please review the …

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Remain vigilant for scams related to Coronavirus

Once again the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns individuals to remain vigilant for online scams – this time related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). Cyber actors may send emails with malicious attachments or links to fraudulent websites to trick victims into revealing sensitive information or donating to fraudulent charities or causes. Exercise caution …

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