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10 Ways to Prepare Your IT Organization for the Next Crisis

Lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic can help IT leaders and managers get ready for the next emergency.
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1. Improve Your Support for Remote Workers

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Image: Pixabay

An April 2020 Gallup poll found that 62% of Americans said that they had worked remotely during the pandemic, and among large enterprises, that percentage was likely even higher. That situation is likely to continue after the acute phase of the crisis has passed. A separate poll conducted by IBM found that 75% of people said that they would like to continue to work remotely some of the time after the crisis, and a majority (54%) wanted to work remotely most or all the time.

Many organizations have already implemented some network upgrades and deployed more teleconferencing solutions to deal with the surge in remote work. Since this situation may continue for some time, it may be time to think about whether you need to make additional changes to your networking or VPN strategy to accommodate this new way of work. You may also want to consider whether the hardware you issue to end users is the best option for the current situation, and perhaps most importantly, whether your current security tools and policies are adequate for your needs.

Cynthia Harvey is a freelance writer and editor based in the Detroit area. She has been covering the technology industry for more than fifteen years. View Full Bio

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