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Auditing your tech post COVID-19 lockdown

Returning to the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean you will be abandoning all of your Working From Home set-ups. In fact, for most of you, your workforce will likely consist of remote workers for some time to come. However, workstations in your establishment may have been sitting idle while everyone worked remotely. This means these workstations have been lacking proper maintenance and care for some time now, which could pose potential security risks to your system. Your technology goal is to ensure your employees have what they need to do their jobs effectively, while you ensure and maintain a safe and secure work environment.

Here’s a quick checklist we at Innovated put together to go over while auditing your tech. Hopefully you and your business find this useful.

□ Schedule a review with your Managed Service Provider.

Your Managed Service Provider will play a key role in your return to the workplace. Schedule a meeting to review all technology and IT related concerns.

□ Evaluate any new technology deployed during
the crisis.

The tools your employees used to work remotely may or may not be required when you return. Create a list, including any new devices, and decide if they stay or go. Evaluate how the new tech was implemented, determine what worked and what fell short, and if you still need all of
the licenses you purchased. Examples include new Office 365 licenses, Zoom, new laptops, etc.

□ Evaluate any service providers you use to run
your business.

Identify any vendor that was not able to achieve their SLAs, and determine the cause. Pay particularly close attention to those critical vendors and how they performed during the crisis.

□ For any employee who will continue to WFH, audit the tech they will be using.

Determine if the tech is appropriate, secure, and is sufficient to enable optimal productivity.

□ Run an audit on any workstations in your establishment.

An audit will help you determine if the workstations are properly patched with the latest OS and other critical updates. Reach out to your Managed Service Provider for help on this.

□ Document a list of those employees who used their
personal computers to WFH.

Develop an appropriate action plan to ensure the ongoing use of personal computers or devices complies with your company’s security standards. Consider requiring your employees to change the passwords on any personal devices.

□ Catalog items that were removed from your
establishment.

Protect your business and intellectual property by ensuring any devices, technology, files, folders, contracts, customer lists, and documents, etc. are properly returned to the workplace. This list may include electronic files left on the employee’s personal workstation or device.

□ Conduct a gap analysis.

Document the technology gaps that were exposed during the crisis and create a plan on how to address them.

□ Schedule a review of your Disaster Recovery
(DR) and/or Business Continuity plan.

What can be improved upon? What worked well? Were you able to easily transition from your establishment to WFH? How was your business impacted during this crisis? Update your DR and/or Business Continuity plan accordingly.

□ Schedule regular DR and Business Continuity testing.

This should be a routine part of your business. But given this recent crisis, regular DR and Business Continuity testing will be even more crucial moving forward. Don’t be caught unprepared.

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