Security Update: Making Your Infrastructure Flexible – Disaster Avoidance During Flu Season
October 23, 2009
Although our Security Updates typically focus on viruses, spam, hacks, and other vulnerabilities, the security and well-being of your organization is also enormously dependant on the well-being of your people. Like many organizations, you are most likely already taking precautions to prevent the spread of illness, including adopting a flu avoidance policy that strongly encourages “social distancing” – (when those who feel even slightly ill avoid coming into the office to keep from spreading germs), providing hand sanitizers, and practicing good overall health. When employees who do feel under the weather stay home, along with those who aren’t necessarily sick themselves but are caring for affected children, spouses, or family members, they may still be able to work, but must do so remotely. This year, when preparing or updating your flu policy, consider first the technology that supports these remote employees.
According to a report released earlier this year by the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. businesses should plan to operate with up to 40 percent of their work force absent at the peak of a flu pandemic. To get an idea of whether your infrastructure is really flexible enough to support such a large a remote workforce, ask these questions:
- How good is your remote access? Can your people access all of their data, email, voicemail, and applications?
- How well does your remote access scale? Can your infrastructure and your bandwidth support two to three times the amount of normal traffic?
- How do you manage your infrastructure without your entire IT staff in the office?
- How do you enforce security policies when data is being transmitted from your peoples’ home computers that may have unsecure applications or lax security policies?
If you need any assistance evaluating your security practices or disaster plan, you can call us at (800) 89-ADNET ADNET, contact your Account Manager, or email security@goADNET.com. Our team of specialists is dedicated to helping you protect your business and your people.
About ADNET Technologies, Inc.
ADNET Technologies, Inc. helps businesses across New England accelerate success through the innovative application of technology. ADNET provides Learning Services, Network Integration, Managed IT Services, Software and Application Development, and ERP systems implementation. Founded in 1991, ADNET is headquartered in Windsor, Connecticut and is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, as well as an HP, SAP, Exact Software, Cisco, and Citrix partner. ADNET continues to expand its offerings and services to meet the strategic technology needs of our clients. For more information, call 800-89-ADNET or email: info@goADNET.com.