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3 Ways Technology Can Help Address the Business Challenges of COVID-19

3 Ways Technology Can Help Address the Business Challenges of COVID-19

The world is in an uproar around the coronavirus pandemic that is sweeping the world. Unfortunately, this gives cybercriminals a convenient option for getting into your organization — stay aware! 

The world has changed dramatically in the last few weeks, with the government and many businesses in a virtual shutdown. More states are announcing “shelter in place” requirements for all individuals, while schools and universities have either closed or moved completely to remote classroom offerings. In this climate, it’s difficult to keep track of the changes that are coming on a daily basis, which makes it the ideal time for cybercriminals to take advantage of lowered security or changes in operations. Here are three ways that technology can help maintain operations and reduce the risk of cyberattacks during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond.

1. Supporting Remote Work

With the threat of coronavirus looming large, many companies are making the decision to shut their local operations and ask staff members to work remotely when possible. With the technology that’s currently available, this is a viable option that many organizations are taking advantage of — but at what cost? If your company was not already set up with the necessary technology to allow for remote work, your IT department may be scrambling to put measures in place. Everything from ensuring that all staff members have access to the correct technology platforms, cloud-based data storage and VPN networks can hijack even the best plans for maintaining a measure of productivity during this pandemic.

2. Protecting Against Fake Emails and Phishing Scams

Hackers love any type of business disruption or threat, and the hunger of individuals throughout the country for news is allowing many of these unscrupulous individuals to infect business computers. While advanced web-based email filtering and tracking are best, ensure that your staff members know not to open questionable attachments and to always review the full return email address before clicking links. Advanced and aggressive anti-malware and antivirus software along with active monitoring solutions and proactive staff training are all required to help ensure that your company stays safe during this rampant cycle of fake news and infected links.

3. Check for .GOV Email Addresses

Any link or email address that references the CDC or other government entity should be a .gov email address, but you might see a proliferation of .com, .edu or even .biz email addresses as cybercriminals attempt to extort your customer data or access your networks by injecting malware directly into your systems via email attachments or links.

Keeping your organization safe is a full-time job, which is why the professionals at Alvarez Technology Group are available 24/7/365 when you need assistance. Our proactive and friendly staff will help ensure that you have the tools and information needed to navigate through this current crisis as well as improve profitability for your day-to-day operations. Contact our team at 831-753-7677 for more information or to schedule your complimentary initial consultation.

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