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If you read our blog on a regular basis, you have seen more than one excellent discussion on pandemic planning and how to set up remote workers with proper policies, process, hardware, and software to ensure secure and compliant ways to keep working from home.
Luckily for me, Compass IT Compliance has always been a virtual-first company. We have a wonderful office, but for the most part the company is either in the field with clients or working from home, occasionally hitting the office for collaboration. I typically visited the office 2-3 days a week to meet with staff or because quite honestly, with a quiet office I got a lot of work done.
Two weeks ago, I went into quarantine at my house, where I live alone (I was not and am not sick, but I did come into contact with people that were). Suddenly my part-time telework became full-time. Unfortunately, it looks like it will be this way for a while longer and everyone in my company (and a lot of other companies) will be doing the same thing now.
So this week, rather than go for a hard look into security settings and policy sections, I thought I might provide a few tips that come from what I’ve learned over the last two weeks, and how important it is to take a look at what is in place to help workers cope as much as protect them with policy and technology.
Even with my job allowing me to work remote, I was not prepared for the difference in working quarantined for a few weeks. And since the social distancing was just extended through the end of April, many businesses will be continuing this trend for at least another month. With the additional time that you may now be spending working from home, now is the time to review your home setup to ensure you a mentally prepared for a longer engagement as well as prepared technologically.
If you haven’t worked from home much yet, that could quickly change based on the social distancing extension. If you have questions about best practices on how to set up remote machines and how to ensure they are secure, compliant, and using best practices, please do not hesitate to contact us!