How technology can help
Most of us can say that there is a staunch difference between working at the office and being a remote worker. In each scenario, workers may have their own unique methods of getting work done. Whether you manage a team of seasoned remote workers or if your team isn’t quite used to working outside of the office yet, we have solutions that will work for you.
Below, you will find our suggested tools for remote workers, learn about our services designed to help team members succeed from wherever they are, and how we help keep your business technologically secure. Our team is here to help your organization master working remotely.
Infrastructure Security Assessment
The notorious 2020 pandemic has changed countless ways businesses operate, certainly including their infrastructure. Today, many employees are working from the safety of their homes rather than in the office. With this change, many workers are using different network connections and new devices to conduct their work. Rather than the majority of employees signing into the company’s infrastructure from the office, the majority sign in from many different networks.
Being a remote worker inevitably leads to a fundamental change in business infrastructure. Unfortunately, many bad actors are aware of this, and they know many companies have not effectively secured their infrastructure. As a result, many hackers are constantly seeking entry points into organization’s applications to take advantage of them. Businesses operating remotely must take new approaches to IT security in order to protect the data of their employees and their clients. With more people coming in from the outside to your company’s infrastructure, it is more important than ever to lock down your company’s data.
How We Can Help
Our team of professionals will help ensure your organization’s infrastructure is equipped to handle the unprecedented threats that come with remote work. Our Infrastructure Security Assessment process is straightforward, in-depth, and guaranteed to bring you peace of mind during this unprecedented time.
This assessment covers the following and more:
- End-user systems
- Operating systems
- Networking structure
- Security surface
- Password policies
First, you will meet with our Security team so that we can learn about your company’s unique business practices. We’ll ask questions about your security requirements, and we’ll jointly make a plan for our next steps.
Next, our team members will gather all the necessary information about the current IT infrastructure. Our team will check all facets of your infrastructure to be as comprehensive as possible.
Final Report, when we’re done, our team will meet with yours once again to present our findings in a digestible, thorough report. With this report, we will offer our expert opinion on what steps (if any) should be taken to secure your infrastructure even further.
Sometimes within a growing business, complexity can arise among all the applications, tools, and accounts used by employees. As more workers come on, new clients are signed, and your business continues to grow, it can be difficult to keep track of everything. Who has access to which accounts, which passwords are used on what login pages, etc. The remote worker makes this a new challenge. Remotely, employees sign onto business applications with an array of devices: personal computers, cell phones, home WiFi networks, and more. This can make signing in and accessing various business accounts a hassle. Further, the abrupt change in devices and tools workers use to conduct their work remotely could lead to unexpected holes in security. One holistic fix to these issues is identity management.
Identity Management is defined by TechTarget as: “the organizational process for identifying, authenticating and authorizing individuals or groups of people to have access to applications, systems or networks by associating user rights and restrictions with established identities.” Essentially, identity management helps make individuals’ working lives easier all around. By automatically signing workers into their business accounts, this helps them save time and energy as opposed to keeping track of many passwords and login components. As a positive result, they gain easier, more secure access to an even wider array of applications.
Why Invest in Identity Management?
- Simplify logging in with Single Sign-On (SSO)
- Secure employees’ business accounts
- Save time and energy when accessing applications remotely
Cloud Migration of Onsite Servers
When your company takes the step to move into the cloud, it’s making one of the most secure decisions possible for you and your remote worker. Keeping your business data and operations on-site leads to unnecessary expenses, less security, and higher risk. Our Operations team securely moves your IT assets – such as a service, application, or data – to a third-party cloud provider from the on-premise environment.
Why Migrate to The Cloud?
Today, there are many reasons why companies are opting to keep their data in the cloud instead of inside physical servers. Consider these in light of a fully-remote company, and they become even more convincing. Here are several reasons why remote companies are moving to the cloud:
- Save Money – Most cloud servers will only make their clients pay for the services they are actually using. If your company is on a storage plan that charges a set amount each month, you’ll be amazed at how much you save by paying only what you use.
- Secure Your Business – Keep your business’ important information and processes safe when you store it in the cloud. Trusted cloud providers have solid safeguards in place to prevent your information from ever being lost or disrupted.
- Create Redundancy – Using a cloud storage option means you are keeping your data in more than one location. This acts as another essential protector for your company, especially if your team members are working remote.
Our Migration Process
- Our team analyzes the current and future costs of your organization’s current onsite servers
- We give you a report with our findings and expert recommendations for migrating
- Your team and ours will craft a cloud migration plan
- After the migration plan is agreed upon by each party, we begin the migration from on-site to the cloud!
Want to learn more about this service? Visit the Cloud Migration page on our main site, or reach out to one of our expert advisors.
Business Continuity, Disaster Recovery Planning, and Implementation
Guarding against digital threats is often a top priority for business’ security efforts. To reach this business initiative, disaster recovery planning and business continuity planning are key. By having a solid security foundation from the beginning, companies are much better equipped to handle cyber threats. In addition to security planning, business continuity planning is a crucial part of an organization’s IT infrastructure. These IT services require a solid strategy and protocol – especially for businesses operating with remote workers.
Our company realizes how important it is for companies to conduct business as usual while away from the office. Digital Maelstrom helps businesses identify IT availability issues post-disaster and create reliable solutions for greater resilience against the unexpected.
We follow a five-step approach to business continuity and disaster recovery planning for peace of mind that your business can carry on in the face of a disaster:
- Define business continuity and disaster planning goals
- Identify information assets
- Identify threats
- Design and implement an effective solution
- Maintenance and retrospection
Want to learn more about this service? Visit the Business Continuity and Disaster Planning page on our main site, or reach out to one of our expert advisors.
As you may know, there are seemingly never-ending options for vendors who can provide specific services. Whether your company needs paper products, tax services, a team of software developers, or nearly anything else: there’s a company that will provide. With all of these options, it can be challenging to find one that meets all of your requirements. Especially requirements that include a remote worker. This challenge can be especially real whenever the vendors are for high-level services, such as IT services. Luckily, our IT consultants’ team is here to help you find the perfect vendor for your company.
Over the years, our team has worked with many IT vendors. With this, we have accumulated valuable experience and insight into what makes a strong candidate. Our Vendor Selection service follows a general model:
- Gather Requirements. First off, your team and ours will (virtually) meet to talk about what you are seeking. We will go over your organizational needs, wants, and the goals you want to achieve with your vendor.
- Research and Document Vendor Product Options. Next, our team will conduct in-depth research on vendors and vendor’s products that match your requirements. We will document important information and our reasoning. Of course, this documentation will be readily available to you.
- Create Vendor Selection Matrix. At this stage, we will create a custom Vendor Selection Matrix specific to your company. This is a scoring system that assigns a score to each vendor/ vendor product we discovered in our research. This gives us a holistic, more objective view of each option – helping us identify the top options.
- Present Findings and Selection Recommendation. Finally, our two teams will meet again to go over our findings. We will present a digestible report containing our research, estimations, thought leadership, and other relevant information.