With the recent impacts on workforces with COVID-19, organisations are looking at how to deal with workers stuck at home under quarantine as a part of their business continuity planning.
Already in China we have seen businesses shuttered while they wait for the quarantine period to expire and this is expected to have a knock on effect to other businesses around the world.
What is important about remote work is that there are safe ways to do it and not so safe ways.
If you are working remotely, there is one thing you should avoid at all costs and that is use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop service on it’s own.
The problem with this is that Remote Desktop has known flaws that may not have been patched yet and security can be bypassed giving unauthorised attackers access to systems running remote desktop.
So don’t do it that way. Please.
Instead, you can use Remote Desktop over a VPN connection (which can be tricky if you don’t have a good tech guy to set this up) and using a retail VPN will not cut it either as the VPN server will need to be on your office network to secure incoming connections.
Better still, you can simply use a remote access tool like GoToMeeting from LogMeIn who is offering 3 months of free access to Health Care Providers, Educational Institutions, Municipalities and Non-profit Organisations.