In today’s dynamic data-driven world, businesses are constantly evolving as they attempt to thrive (or simply stay afloat) in their respective markets. The recent global pandemic has only accelerated that evolution, especially when it comes to business continuity. With so many companies forced to embrace remote work at a scale never seen before, the need to ensure continuity has never been more important. Here are three ways businesses have shifted to create a new business continuity plan amid a global pandemic:
#1 – Increased cloud adoption
The platform that business continuity will be built on moving forward is the cloud. A robust cloud infrastructure will help to deliver critical solutions so they’re always available. And while this may not be a new idea (companies have been moving toward cloud adoption for some time now), recent global events have moved up the timetable toward greater cloud reliance. Solid contingency planning dictates that solely relying on on-premises solutions isn’t an option any longer given the massive shift to remote work. Perhaps the most attractive feature of cloud infrastructure is the ability to quickly add or remove critical resources. This allows businesses to save time and money, because cloud solutions typically offer a pay-as-you-go option so you only pay for the amount of services you need.
#2 – Boost hardware/infrastructure to support remote workforce
The next step in modern contingency planning is to shore up networking and computing hardware (cloud-based or otherwise) to ensure it’s ready to support an entire remote workforce. This includes everything from supplying personal laptops to employees to upgrading servers and data center infrastructure to supporting a business’s apps and critical services (to say nothing of increasing security measures). Companies that already support part-time or full-time remote work options certainly have an advantage over competitors that don’t. Afterall, it’s far easier to scale up an existing remote work model than to adopt and implement a new one.
#3 – Leveraging VPNs to secure remote worker home networks
The recent increase in remote workers has created a huge security problem for employers. In the past, the employees who usually had the ability to work remotely were IT professionals—i.e., workers who understood how to secure their own home network and minimize the threat of hackers gaining access to their work network through a home exploit. But now, with so many non-technical employees connecting to their work network remotely, the risk of a breach occurring has increased significantly. One solution is to create a virtual private network (VPN). VPNs allow employees to securely login to a company’s network no matter where they are, thus bypassing a potentially compromised home network. VPNs aren’t required to login to a business network, but they are necessary to access a company’s cloud solutions. With the increased cloud adoption previously mentioned, VPNs look to be an integral piece of how companies create a secure remote work environment.
For more questions or information on ways to create a modern business continuity plan, VPNs or cloud resources, contact the experts at Ingram Micro.
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