Did your company have a solid contingency plan set in place for a global pandemic? If you didn’t, you’re not alone. COVID-19 surprised the world as it spread through countless countries within a month of its outbreak, giving companies little time to create an effective business plan.
In our recent webinar, Enterprise Architect, Scott Evers, and Vice President of Involta’s Eastern Region, Michelle Moran, engaged in a discussion on the things your company should now be evaluating and what you may need to revisit to improve your organization’s contingency plan.
As social distancing guidelines were provided by the federal government and states began shelter-in-place orders, working from home became the new normal. However, many consequences, such as increased security risks, may have arisen for your business. During the webinar, 86% of attendees stated that security was a concern for them when they thought about their current work-from-home deployment plan. Things such as not having control over the devices that employees may be working on or not knowing if firewalls on those devices are up to date, are two examples that leave the company vulnerable to security breaches.
Organizations should be regularly evaluating their work-from-home policies and procedures and asking themselves questions such as
- Could things be operating more smoothly?
- Is our environment secure?
- Are you meeting compliance standards and successfully taking care of customers?
Additionally, they should be thinking about how the things that they are doing today are going to affect business operations, customer satisfaction, and compliance requirements in the future. Even as shelter-in-place restrictions begin to lift, the culture around where and how people work has forever been changed. Companies that don’t adapt to this shift will fall behind. IT departments need to develop long-term remote work plans that take into consideration the ongoing affects those plans might have on things such as:
- Performance and Productivity
- Security and Compliance
- People and Device Management
- Total Cost of Ownership
- Software as a Service (SaaS) Solutions
Watch the full webinar to learn more about the necessities, consequences, and recommendations for remote work.
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