Swine Flu Readiness – Can Your IT Systems Support Teleworkers?

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As the flu season quickly approaches, many organizations are starting to take a proactive approach to support the IT needs of their remote users by putting into place plans and implementing technology in case their employees need to work from home or another remote location. If your employees use the company network to access vital information, files, data and applications, there are several steps that may need to be taken to ensure they can remain productive while securely working off-site.

A good first step is to analyze your current IT and Network environment and document a contingency plan in case many of your employees are unable to physically come to your location. Since many companies already have some remote users, much of the basic technology needed to provide remote access could be in place. However, it is critical to ensure that your infrastructure can scale in the event the number of users unexpectedly increases.

In addition, you may want to make sure that your mission-critical employees have home computers or quick access to an office laptop that is configured with remote access capabilities and any local applications that may be required or needed like Microsoft Office

Once you ensure that all the proper tools have been setup and properly configured, you probably need to test your plan and technology stability and scalability by having a work from home day for the entire company. This exercise will reveal any flaws or shortcomings in the plan prior to an actual deployment.<br />

If you have any questions or need assistance with your Disaster Recovery planning, feel free to contact us anytime.

 

 

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