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By Scott Gingold For The Morning Call | Jun 09, 2021 at 8:23 AM I recently hosted a Technology Lunch and Learn

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By Scott Gingold

For The Morning Call

Jun 09, 2021 8:23 AM

I recently hosted a Technology Lunch and Learn, the first in the Lehigh Valley since the pandemic struck. My team and I are embracing a newfound sense of normalcy and reconnection with our community. We are on a path to return to business as usual, with a supercharged vision of how technology can improve our lives. In tandem, we are preparing businesses for the next business disruption that can occur.

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I consider myself a technology advocate for businesses across the globe, and take pride in matching technology to improve the efficiency and security of companies large and small. Virtual desktops have garnered a lot of attention since the pandemic, and rightly so. A virtual desktop keeps the company humming along, since staff can access it from any device and at any time, day or night. It is a nimble concept that can adapt to most any situation and increase the security of your company files. I also am a person who always likes to have a “Plan B” in place, and believe virtual can protect us from the next disruptive event that may come our way. I have outlined the main benefits businesses should consider, in an easy-to-understand dialog.

A Windows Virtual Desktop is hosted in an extremely secure cloud server. Traditionally, companies have servers in a room that store and allow access to the mainframe. This can be problematic in case of a power outage, flood or fire. The server becomes unavailable and business halts, or in worst case the company data is damaged beyond repair. A virtual server eliminates this from ever happening, as the cloud servers are always online 24/7 and have the critical redundancy backups in place for you.

When setting up a Windows virtual server, you can limit employee access to specific company files, a task difficult to achieve with a VPN access. Software programs, your Word documents and even Outlook emails are all accessed with one simple login. New software can be selectively added in minutes, it is simply amazing. The cloud servers utilized have 54 server sites worldwide, and with each login, the working server is chosen based on proximity to the user ensuring the fastest bandwidth possible. If you somehow accidentally drop your laptop in a pool of water, buy a new one. All you have to do is login to the virtual server and you are in business again in minutes. How awesome is that?

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An Azure server saves you money by only charging for the number of people using the system at a given time. Most commonly available cloud servers charge you a fixed monthly a rate per user, and if your company has 100 employees or more, that cost adds up quickly. Additionally, some employees have a preferred laptop they personally own. With a Virtual Desktop employees can use their own equipment and simply login, saving the company the expense of computers.

Cyber Insurance offered by most insurance companies, and I recommend it for every business. It can be incredibly helpful during a crisis. As I write this, my team is helping a victim of a ransomware attack. The company files are being held hostage for a ransom of $2 million. While some attacks are random and unavoidable, there are protocols you can put in place at your company to reduce the chances. The most common method hacker gain access to company files is through passwords that have been inadvertently shared. Based on my experience and observations, below are my recommendations that will significantly reduce the possibility of a breach:

  • Do not allow employees to have their passwords written on “post-it” notes on their computers or visible on their desks.
  • When a disgruntled employee is terminated, change all passwords they utilized.
  • Change your passwords every 90 days. Use a password management tool, such as 1password.com to manage the task.
  • Educate employees to bring any questionable emails to your attention, even if you appear to be the sender. Hackers can send emails that appear to be from upper management.
  • Have a dark web scan done for your business to determine if your secure information is being sold on the dark web.

Having all the components mentioned above ensures the optimum “Cyber Hygiene” and a fiscally sound technological environment at your business.

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