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Getting Back to the Office During a Pandemic

Getting Back to the Office During a Pandemic

Many offices across the country are now allowed to reopen, albeit with some significant restrictions in place. You may very well find yourself returning to the office soon or have already done so. One thing is for certain: things are going to be a lot different than you were used to previously.  

Rather than dwelling on the past, it’s helpful to look forward. For one thing, it’s great that people are getting back to work. For workers who were furloughed or otherwise displaced during the lockdowns, returning to the office can mean breathing a big sigh of relief.  

But just because lockdowns are lifted to an extent does not mean it is time to rush back into things.

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Reopening MA: Second Phase

Reopening MA: Second Phase

After two months of having the stay-at-home advisory in effect, Massachusetts residents in non-essential industries finally got back to work, approaching something close to a normal routine.  On May 18, Governor Baker had released a four-phase approach for reopening the state. It lists the protocols that businesses and individuals are to follow to jumpstart the economy while keeping the numbers of new cases down and giving the strained healthcare system time to catch up. 

We are now entering Phase Two of Baker’s plan. To make things just a little more confusing, we’re in step one of two for this phase.

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Health Care is the Target of New APT Attacks

Health Care is the Target of New APT Attacks

How strong are your passwords? This is the question that security agencies in both the US and the UK are asking health care professionals. That’s because they’ve identified a dramatic rise in the number of attacks targeting these workers and their institutions. 

CISA, the cybersecurity arm of the US Department of Homeland Security, has issued a joint alert in conjunction with the United Kingdom’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). According to them, advanced persistent threat (APT) groups are seeking to steal from organizations responding to COVID-19. 

This victim group in US and the UK includes health care bodies, medical research organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and local even governments and universities. 

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In COVID-19's Wake: Opportunity for Change

In COVID-19's Wake: Opportunity for Change

Across the United States, people are itching to get back to work. Since lockdowns went into effect mid-March, some 33.5 million jobless claims have been filed. In the first quarter of 2020, gross domestic product (GDP) shrank 4.8%, and that’s given nearly two months of relatively normal circumstances in January and February. On top of that, 7.5 million small businesses in the US are at risk of closing permanently.  

In this grim reality, it can be hard to find any positives, but there are some. For instance, as far as layoffs and unemployment go, 97% of workers expect their current condition to be temporary, meaning that when the economy reopens, they will quickly get back to work.  

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Where Are the Holes in Your Remote Security?

Where Are the Holes in Your Remote Security?

Since lockdowns went into effect in the middle of March, millions of workers have been working from home. One of the things that we’ve learned from this mass experiment is just how flexible people can be in times of distress. Very few companies were prepared for this abrupt change, but when it happened, they had to adjust. Did they collapse under the burden? No way. American businesses are tougher than that.  They found ways to make the switch work. 

However, the switch to working from home wasn’t always a perfect one. In fact, it still isn’t perfect everywhere, which makes sense. When you take a business of say 100 workers, many of whom have never worked remotely before, and you suddenly have to close the office, things are going to go awry. Without proper contingency plans and polices, you’re going to have a patchwork system. 

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New Wave of Zoom Scams: "You're Being Terminated"

New Wave of Zoom Scams: "You're Being Terminated"

Just when you thought news about Zoom, the now massively popular video conferencing app, couldn’t get worse, it does. At least this time, it’s not the fault of the company itself but rather crafty cybercriminals. 

Abnormal Security reports that there is a new wave of Zoom phishing attacks impacting around 50,000 email inboxes so far.  The phony emails look like legitimate invitations to join a meeting with regard to the recipient’s supposed termination. The invitation link directs victims to a phishing page where the user is asked for their log-in credentials. Any information entered then gets sent directly to the attacker. 

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Relief Options for Small Businesses During COVID-19

Relief Options for Small Businesses During COVID-19

When disastrous events like pandemics strike, the consequences for businesses and workers can be massive. If you’re an owner or a manager of one of the more than 30 million small businesses across the United States, you know the challenges: reduced access to capital forpayroll, limited workforce capacity, inventory and supply chain shortfalls, and unexpected repair and maintenance costs, among otherthings. Workers also know the stress and strain from these incidents, from getting laid off or furloughed to having to take pay cuts, reduced hours, or additional risks during the workday.

The world has been experiencing enormous economic struggles at the hands of COVID-19. Report after report has been borderline apocalyptic, but there’s positive news as well:relief measures taken by the federal government have helped struggling businesses and workers on an unprecedented scale.

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The Tech Tip That Can Overhaul Your Remote Workday

The Tech Tip That Can Overhaul Your Remote Workday

Now that you’re working from home, your workday probably looks a lot different. For a lot of us who weren’t planning on making this transition, the road has been a little bumpy. There are pros and cons to working from home. Many of us are discovering those now.

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Disinfect Your Tech (And House): Here’s How

Disinfect Your Tech (And House): Here’s How

People around the globe are reacting to the spread of COVID-19, the coronavirus strain that was first discovered in Wuhan, China, in 2019. The measures that are being taken—business closures, event cancellations, social distancing, work from home policies—are all aimed at preventing the spread of this infectious disease. We all play an important role in protecting the vulnerable members of society, and no one wants to get sick. So, let’s look in depth at a simple step you can take to keep yourself and your family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and peers healthy: disinfecting your devices.

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