I wanted to share this article for two reasons:
1. If you haven’t already done some of these things with your employees working remotely, now would be a good time to do so.
2. If you look at what needed to be done just to get everyone able to work from home, I think it might be time to show your IT team some love. Consider how many of these details they had to deal with, all at once.
It also shows just how much having a good disaster recovery plan might have helped in some of these circumstances. When no one could come into the office all of the sudden, if there were already outlines of what to do in that circumstance, you at least had a little bit of a head start.
It reminded me of the first year I lived in Louisiana and worked in a law firm and we had our annual spring reminder about hurricane season, and what to do if there was going to be a hurricane. Frankly, even as someone interested in eDiscovery and data security, there were things covered in that briefing that I had not really considered, like storing all paper documents in a locked drawer if we were expecting a storm, so that they don’t blow out of broken windows, or aren’t available to be read by anyone who might come into a damaged office during the storm, or how we would flip our network location in a power outage or flood and redirect VPN traffic there so people could work from a remote location, etc.
Seriously, someone at your organization is thinking about these things, and putting them into action when necessary. If your switch to remote working was pretty smooth, it’s probably thanks to them.