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Preserving organizational assets, particularly during the Coronavirus pandemic

Sebastian GOSCHORSKI
Business Development Partner at RSM Poland

Currently, we are experiencing a rolling crisis in Poland and worldwide – a crisis we have never encountered before. First and foremost, this is a health crisis, but as a result of government directives to stay at home as much as possible, it has significantly affected our business life.

The Coronavirus outbreak causes a severe damage to the business sector. Most businesses were forced to reduce their activities significantly, while some of them had to cease operations completely.

Many employees are working from home, and using meeting scheduling apps, such as zoom, has become a thing of routine.

Working from home has many benefits, such as availability and flexibility, however, it’s a mixed blessing – since the Coronavirus outbreak, and there has been a significant increase in cyber attacks that are carried out while taking advantage of panic and fear due to the worldwide spread of the virus.

At this time of crisis, when most of us work from home and conduct meetings remotely, it is very important to rethink and reorganize our new digital routine.

Following are a few rules to help you reduce cyber security risks, while working from home:

  • Method of remote access to servers systems – system access via a virtual private network (VPN) only, as well as using 2-step authentication (e.g., app password and verification code).
  • Remote access for a limited time – setting up a remote connection for a limited time (minutes/hours).
  • Updating the operating system and software versions – it is recommended to update organizational operating systems and software to the latest versions, since many times newer versions are offered to enterprises due to security breaches detected in older versions.
  • Backup – backup must be carried out for all relevant devices and information, and should be performed periodically to verify backup integrity

RSM Poland with collaboration of RSM Israel  have extensive experience in providing efficient consulting to large-scale organizations and middle market companies, as part of the organizations’ preparation for working remotely, while preserving organizational assets. As the pandemic spreads, while people are working under crisis conditions, we have established a designated team of specialists who will provide the following services:

  • Reviewing the organization’s preparedness for working remotely, while reducing cyber risk and exposure.
  • Providing remote training to employees on issues such as phishing, working remotely, etc., to increase awareness and provide tools for protection against future attacks.
  • Conducting an information security plan that will ensure business continuity after the crisis has passed.

Services are provided remotely by digital means, and there is no need to hold meetings.

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