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March 5, 2020

Coronavirus Potential Impact on Your Business

There has been a lot of news recently related to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). There are a lot of resources available about the virus and preventive measures. The purpose of this post is to review how this virus will impact your business if preventive measures fail. I will also review a few recommendations that can help companies continue operations.

If there are locally confirmed cases of the virus, there will most likely be a quarantine. Employees may not be able or may choose not to get to the office. To be prepared ECS recommends reviewing your current remote access policy.

Remote access questions to answer:
• Does the company currently allow employees to work from home?
• Which employees are allowed remote access?
• Does the employee have everything they need to work from home? (ability to answer emails, answer company phone, and log in to company applications)
• Is the remote access setup in a secure method protecting your company against hackers and unwanted data loss?

ECS has developed a document that outlines best practices for remote access. You can review it here – https://www.ecsoffice.com/remote-access-and-vpn-policy-recommendation/

If you decide for your employees to work remotely, here are a few additional considerations to keep in mind. If your office is left unattended, the physical location may be vulnerable to break-in, fire, or other unexpected events. ECS recommends an overall review of your business continuity plan, security, backup, and business insurance.

In regards to our company, ECS is taking all the necessary precautions to make sure you receive uninterrupted service, and your I.T. systems are operational. ECS has an established process for our staff to work securely from home or the office.

If you have any questions about disaster preparation or would like to talk about a specific plan for your business, please feel free to contact us or call our office – 713-782-4357.

Peter Robert
ECS Consulting LLC.

P.S. In addition to this email, we recently sent out a newsletter regarding COVID-19 and how hackers are using the virus to send out phishing scams. To read the latest copy of our newsletter visit https://www.ecsoffice.com/articles/

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