Essential Recommendations for a Secure
Transition from Remote Work

Depending on your location and industry, your business may be in the early stages of returning to the office. Careful planning during this time is absolutely essential - for the health and well-being of your employees, and their technology. This planning stage is an opportunity to review how your IT demands have changed over the past months, and how this remote set-up will change if a large percentage (or all) of your employees return to the office. Consider the following questions:

  1. Designate a Project Leader

    • Who will be in charge of your transition back to the office? What role will your IT department play, and who will be ensuring strategic IT benchmarks are met?
  2. Understand Your Clients' Needs

    • How will this transition impact your clients? Will your company need to share updated Business Continuity plans, collaboration platforms, etc.?
  3. Assess Your Technology Needs

    • What infrastructure and technology changes are required to support the transition back to an in-office model? Will employees be expected to return company-issued mobile devices, or will they continue to use these, in the event of a spike in COVID-19 cases?
  4. Update Your Company Plans

    • How will this change your Disaster Recovery planning? What are key takeaways from your transition to remote work, that can be applied during this transition back to the office? 
  5. Perform a Security Gap Analysis

    • Who will run an audit on employee mobile devices and office workstations to ensure updated patching and operating systems?
  6. Establish a Plan for Secure Storage

    • What measures will be taken to delete sensitive and confidential company data from personal devices? How will your company ensure local documents are stored on the appropriate company resource?
  7. Backup Your Critical Business Data

    • How will your business manage the backup and retention of data before wiping remote devices? This is particularly important for privileged data that may be subject to federal and state privacy regulations. 

If your business is moving employees on-site and needs help with IT and telecommunications support, please contact us directly, and we can swiftly provide guidance and deployment of enterprise-level IT support. While corporate and government policies evolve, our goal is to provide businesses with remote and on-premise data security, digital conferencing tools, and other on-demand IT support in order to keep businesses from slowing down their operations. 

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  1. Review Your BYOD Plans

    • Determine whether your company wants to maintain, revise, or eliminate any existing BYOD policies that were established before or during COVID-19. Ensure adequate safety protocols are in place for the storage of sensitive data, access to company networks, and collaborative applications.

  2. Communicate New Policies

    • As more companies transition back to the office, it's imperative to keep employees informed about how their workflow will change. Will you remain in the office or provide an optional remote work program? Keep your employees informed throughout the migration process.

  3. Conduct an Audit

    • Review and catalog any mobile devices that were deployed to assist with remote work. Will employees be holding onto these devices in the event COVID-19 cases surge? Assess whether the technology is appropriate, secure, and sufficient to support employee productivity.

  4. Assess Monitoring Solutions

    • As more employees return to the office, activity logging and network monitoring baselines may change. Ensure that current monitoring solutions have the appropriate thresholds, to avoid false alerts.

  5. Evaluate New Technology

    • If your organization deployed remote resources, now is the time to review them. Did they meet the needs of your remote employees? Are you paying for services that already exist in your tech stack?