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A Comprehensive Guide to Opening Your Office Back Up

Our Recommendations for Operating Post COVID-19 Lockdowns  As lockdowns are lifting around the world, many businesses are starting to reopen their office to some degree. For many, remote work will continue to play an integral role as they aim to limit the number of individuals in the office at any given time. As we go forward, most businesses will embrace a hybrid approach: some employees in the office while others continue working from home. Unfortunately, a second wave is possible without adequate measures in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus.  Baroan Technologies has been working hard to help our clients adjust to the new normal since the beginning of the pandemic. We’ve assisted many organizations with transitioning to remote work, supported their team members once transitioned, and now, helping them understand how to handle the end of lockdowns. We’ve compiled a list of recommendations to help you open your office back up.  Make Sure You Have the Right Communication Tools

Business Continuity Will Save Your Business

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Events like market crashes or worldwide pandemics don't happen often, but when they do, most businesses are caught off guard. This leads to mass layoffs, budget cuts, and unfortunately closing down shop either temporarily or permanently. When you take a look at businesses, especially small businesses, who can survive these types of disasters? what do they have that you don't have? Why do they get to survive while you or your colleague's business tank?  A lot of it has to do with not luck or good marketing, but systems and processes. Mainly, business continuity plans. This may sound unnecessary when things are going good, but nothing stays good forever. If you want to have a successful long-running business, you need to be able to weather storms, bumps in the road, and near K.O. hits.  So, what does a business continuity plan entail? You've come to the right place. Business continuity usually goes hand in hand with disaster recovery.  Business continuity r

Remote Working with Office 365

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Working from home is a big change in an already tumultuous time. Yet there’s a bright side. The quarantine could be your opportunity to reinvent how you work — for the better. Migrating to Microsoft Office 365 has benefits now. Plus, when you’re back to business as usual. Office 365 is the cloud-based version of Microsoft Office. With a subscription, you get both the desktop and online versions of apps you already know. This includes Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Teams, Yammer, and more. Office 365 enables collaboration in many ways, on desktops, tablets, and smartphones. For example: Outlook — primarily associated with email, but also lets you share notes and files Teams — a hub for instant messaging, video conferencing and calls SharePoint — an internal content management platform. SharePoint lets you customize team sites where you automate workflows and share resources Yammer — a social network connecting all the users in your organization

Steer Clear of Coronavirus Scams

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With the world grappling with a health pandemic, cyber scams are increasing. Regrettably, bad actors are everywhere, always looking for opportunities, and they’re seeing one in the coronavirus. This article outlines what you need to watch out for and how to stay cyber safe. The last thing you want to read right now is that there’s another threat out there. Cybercriminals take advantage of fear. They take worldwide concerns and use them to target victims. Using the anxiety and upheaval around coronavirus is their mission. So far, several coronavirus-related attempts to scam people have been reported. There are examples of: emails that appear to come from government health departments (CDC, FDA) offering a tax refund to get people to click on malicious links memos to staff that appear to come from large employers COVID-19 test offerings from private companies fake websites promising to sell face masks or hand sanitizer soliciting donations to help fund a vaccine What t

12 Cyber Readiness Strategies You Can Implement Today

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With headlines full of cyberattacks and security breaches victims, it is time to take the risks seriously. The success and survival of your business will be determined by your ability to overcome security threats or breaches. You need a cyber readiness plan that includes elements of prevention, continuity and recovery strategies. Establish Strict Policies and Procedures  Policies and procedures regulate business operations and are essential for defining the standards and expectations of employee behavior and actions in the workplace. While establishing strict, security-focused protocols is essential, a system of validation and enforcement is equally important. After all, rules without consequences are merely suggestions. Keep Updates -- Up to Date While updates often introduce new or enhanced features into your apps, programs, and systems, they also install security and performance fixes known as patches. Undiscovered defects or flaws can leave your systems expo

How to Avoid Data Breaches While Working From Home

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The COVID-19 pandemic has reshaped the way we work practically overnight, as many people are working from home for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, bad actors are taking advantage of these circumstances by  increasing phishing attacks targeting home workers . Taking action now to secure your data and keep your staff alert about threats is the best way to  protect your company’s data and systems from opportunistic cybercriminals .    According to a recent assessment, Italy saw a sharp spike in phishing scams as workers quickly shifted from in-office work to home-based arrangements. Around the globe, more than 40% of all workers are currently working from home, a significant jump even in just the past week. In addition to phishing scams, cybersecurity researchers identified a spike in malicious remote access attempts.   Cybercriminals are taking advantage of the jump in employees teleworking  to mask their activity and gain access to company data. The US Department of Home

Is Your Business’s IT Ready for the Coronavirus?

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The Coronavirus is spreading as fast as feared. Businesses must be ready for the worst. One priority? Protecting the health of employees. Preparing the way for remote working is one top recommendation. News of the virus, which the WHO is now calling COVID-19, has prompted urgent interest in remote work. Business collaboration software, virtual desktops, and private networks can all help. This tech helps business continue as usual, even with quarantined employees. We’ve already seen big business take major measures. These include: Nike temporarily closed its European headquarters when an employee was diagnosed with the virus. After the first death in Washington state in the U.S., the company also closed its world headquarters for a deep clean of its campus. Twitter told its roughly 4,900 employees to stay home to work . Other businesses are weighing up the options. Furloughs? Changes to sick leave? Or encouraging work from home. The last option appeals to most, but how d