12-27-21 | Blog Post

Top 4 Cloud Solutions for Pandemic Planning

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Just like a computer virus, the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is rapidly spreading. This global Pandemic, as declared by the WHO, is impacting businesses everywhere. But, just because your office is dark, doesn’t mean your company is. You’re still focused on keeping your business going and your employees healthy.

With the social distancing orders that have been put in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, enabling a mobile workforce has become the priority for most businesses. To do this, you’ll need the proper tools for remote access, communication and productive working. Here are some ways that cloud solutions can help keep your business up and running during a pandemic.

1. Desktop as a Service (DaaS)

Desktop as a Service (DaaS) allows your business to operate virtually from any location and on any device. More and more companies are implementing the Bring Your Own Device model (BYOD) into their businesses, and Desktop as a Service makes this transition much easier. It reduces desktop support, management hours and increases multi-device functionalities companywide.

Most importantly, DaaS streamlines the mobile workforce without compromising employee health and business operations. So, while your employees may be in quarantine, your business is functioning to the best of its ability with uninterrupted network access. Overall, it boosts confidence in your ability to remotely manage and update devices across the board, which strengthens your pandemic plan and protects your organization from the effects of COVID-19, or any pandemic, as much as possible.

2. Backup as a Service (BaaS)

Backup as a Service (BaaS) is a critical solution for every business. Not only does it ensure that your data is protected and recoverable should you experience any data loss, it can also offer convenient and quick access to files your organization might need while working remote during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Also, while all eyes are turned toward the coronavirus, cybercriminals are laying careful traps to capitalize on mass hysteria and vulnerabilities. With all of this in mind, backing up your information continues to be one of the most important staples of your business. And with managed cloud backups, the maintenance of your backups is placed in the hands of a capable cloud provider, leaving your team to focus on what really matters.

3. Office 365 & Backup for Office 365

As remote work becomes the norm, the importance of email and other communication platforms that companies use, like Office 365, increase. These essential tools must operate properly at all times in order to have confidence in your mobile workforce. For this reason, solutions that ensure the continuity of business communications, like Office 365 backup, are critical. Did you know that Microsoft does not automatically back up Office 365 data? With Otava Office 365 backup, companies can rest assured knowing that important information is easily accessible and that deleted files can be quickly recovered.

4. Security as a Service (SECaaS)

During a pandemic, prioritizing the safety of your employees, the continuity of your customer service and the protection of your business is not easy. Often, things can get lost in the shuffle; but it does not have to be that way.

Utilizing Security as a Service (SECaaS) solutions from a Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) to protect your business elevates the pressure of managing and monitoring your environment. Services like Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDS/IPS) are especially ideal for identifying malicious network traffic and plugging vulnerabilities. They can detect threats in real-time, and analyze network trends while looking for patterns and abnormalities. Even with overflowing networks, they ensure businesses can operate smoothly.

With coronavirus information coming from multiple sources, what is true isn’t entirely cut and dry. In other words, it’s always possible that the coronavirus is being used as a cyberattack tactic. This raises concern for malicious links being sent via email and social media, which makes tools like email security more important than ever. Additionally, a strong cybersecurity culture should be implemented in your organization to protect your company and employees from phishing, ransomware and other cyberattacks.

Bottom Line

Your data and employees are the lifeline of your corporation. Without a pandemic plan and mobile workforce in place, your employees will suffer. Without cloud solutions, your data will suffer. Without both of these, your business ultimately suffers. So, although the coronavirus and cybersecurity might not seem like they have a lot in common, the pandemic is actually creating a snowball effect, which means it’s your responsibility to be proactive from every angle.

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