Many are now needing to move staff members to remote working; however, if you've never done that before it can be overwhelming. We'd like to help give you some ways to 'divide and conquer' that process.
Physical Solutions vs Service Solutions
The first thing you need to do is to make sure that your staff have the physical tools needed to work remotely. If they already have a company laptop (or other device) that has been set-up to connect to your office network then you are all set. If not, you will need to first make sure that they have the hardware necessary. Although they could use a personal laptop, you need to make sure that IF they do that the device has been properly set-up with the necessary security systems in place (antivirus, anti-malware, firewall, etc.).
Once you have staff set-up with their equipment you need to make sure that they have access to the tools and files that they need. The following sections will provide our recommendations for software/services to use to provide almost seamless work-from-home functionality
The following sections list our recommendations for various functionalities.These are systems that we actively use or use occasionally when needed.
Although we provide our recommendations, and you could easily implement some of these features, we highly recommend that you consult with someone that has experience in these areas - esp. with integrating with your existing web site. Improper configuration of some of these features could lead to security issues with your web site or office network or cause blacklisting of your online facilities.
If you need help with any of these areas please use the option on our home page to Schedule a Free Consultation where we will talk with you about your needs and provide specific recommendations.
Before you have any device connect to any of your systems, you need to make sure that device is secure. If you don't have anything setup, we recommend using the BitDefender Total Security 2020 system, with the VPN functionality. That allows you to connect securely to whatever it is you need to connect to on the main office system or other systems. We recommend that you have your staff purchase The Total Security System which will cover all their personal devices - up to 5 devices; however, you can also add additional devices if needed. You can then reimburse them for this cost. However, if you have multiple staff and want to manage the security settings centrally, the Small Office Security system is very good.
- Recommended Means: BitDefenter Total Security 2020 (or Small Office Security) - https://www.bitdefender.com/solutions/
- Cost: $10-20/person/yr
NOTE: As of this writing, they are offering significant discounts for all packages.