For years, the cloud has provided organizations with the required tools to remotely process vast volumes of data, develop and run mission-critical software and services, and collaborate with partners around the globe. Now that companies have to face the reality of coronavirus and its business consequences, consumers turn to cloud computing to alleviate the effects inevitably the pandemic will bring. Nevertheless, if an organization does not plan its cloud systems sufficiently to cope with the impacts of coronavirus, it is likely to lose valuable assets and suffer inefficient operations.
Listed below are few ways how the company can keep operations running smoothly as COVID-19 impacts the working world.
Securing Easy Access to the Cloud
Cloud-based tools are typically available from anywhere in the world; all that an employee needs is a laptop to access the database of the platform. This means that all workers has access to the Internet and the necessary software to use cloud solutions from home. Due to how convenient it is for people outside your office to access cloud systems, the appropriate access management measures need to be in place for your business. Location-based access control is not a choice when workers operate from home, so using a role-based access control solution, aside from multifactor authentication, means that only the right people access essential business tools based on the cloud.
Proper Management of Capital
Organizations need to provide staff with the tools they need to manage business software and services, and the cloud can be the ideal solution. Cloud servers host mission-critical applications without placing any burden on local resources, which also relieves the stress on user devices when storing space. This is also beneficial for voice and video communications – critical tools for holding contact outside the workplace, but also devices that can place enormous pressure on resources. If cloud-based communication systems are used, each organization needs to ensure that they have the storage space available to accommodate the volume of voice and video traffic. Otherwise, you run the risk of not having the right outlets for workers to communicate with each other or provide official company notifications.
Staying Safe in the Cloud
Owing to the coronavirus, hackers won’t take a break, and the security team won’t be able to afford to back off either. There could be malware explicitly designed to attack businesses compromised by the COVID-19 impact, and you don’t want to wait until it invades your network to find out. If you are using a public cloud implementation, consult your cloud provider on their native cloud protection tools, and how the vendor can help keep your cloud data secure. You also want to ensure that your employees’ external connections are secure, encrypting data that is sent to your employees outside the office from your servers.