Cyber Security in flexible workplaces – Webinar key takeaways

On Wednesday, 30/09, and Thursday, 01/10, we hosted two online Brekkie Power-hours covering the topic Cyber Security in flexible workplaces. Both sessions were a complete success with lots of positive feedback from participants. Zubair, our Security guru, was in charge of the presentation and responsible for translating a technical and complex topic into plain English with actionable steps. Not an easy task, but he did a great job, as usual, so we think it’s worth sharing his tips and recommendations.

Security has evolved

In the past, when we talked about security, we’d normally refer to the firewall or anti-virus and the measures you had in place for everything related to infrastructure. Nowadays, security has evolved and there are many other factors to consider with people working remotely, on their own devices and in multiple cloud services. With so many gateways for attackers to target your organisation, organisations struggle to keep on top of the new and creative ways attackers use to get through and compromise your business.

5 basic layers of protection

We have identified 5 basic layers of protection that almost every business can relate to. Focusing on these 5 layers and covering the essentials of these layers are a great start to differentiate your organisation from an easy target.

 

Zubair covered each individual layer and divided the security measures between “well-known”, such as anti-virus and anti-spam, and “not so well-known” such as enabling conditional access. He also made the analogy of security to the door that you use to protect your business. If you own a business and you get broken into, the first thing you’re probably going to look at is how they got in or what was taken, so you the first step would be changing the type of lock, put up a steel door or get a better alarm system.

The same goes for Cybersecurity – It all depends on what you’re trying to secure, how much it’s worth and how much you would like to spend keeping it safe. In each of these layers, some protection measures may be similar to that steel door that may not be required for you, however, some of the items may be that basic lock you put on the door which is the minimum security requirement.

Security essentials and advanced options

Email

Well-known

  1. Anti-Spam / Anti-Phishing – consider whaling, phishing, and spear-phishing attacks
  2. Malware Attachment Scanning
  3. Unsafe Link detection
  4. Email Domain Security (SPF/DKIM/DMARC)

Not so well-known

  1. Malicious Outlook Rule Detection
  2. Controlling security and policies for the devices that corporate emails connect to (especially for personal devices)

Web

Well-known

  1. Web Threat Protection
  2. Web Content Protection

Not so well-known

  1. Browser Management
  2.  Plug-In Management – Do you manage browsers and add-ons that are used in your organisation?

Infrastructure

Well-known

  1. Having a Corporate Application Layer Firewall.
  2. Securing your remote access into your network (Secure Gateway)
  3. System updates and vulnerability management
  4. Data Redundancy and Resiliency – are all your cloud applications backed up?
  5. Network Policy and Access Rights Management – do you keep track of third parties that have access to your data?

Not so well-known

  1. Monitoring and mitigating Software Supply-Chain Attacks
  2. Cloud Application Security

Device

Well-known

  1. Anti-Virus and Threat Protection
  2. Operating System Patch Management – Can your IT Dept report on which computers are missing patches?
  3. Vulnerability Detection and Remediation

Not so well-known

  1. Application / Software Control
  2. Peripheral Control
  3. Access Control
  4. Data Protection

User

Well-known

  1. Identity and Access Management (MFA) – This is the most effective way to improve your security.
  2. Conditional Access and Geo Blocking – Are there countries you will likely never login from?
  3. Password Management and Policy – Banning common passwords and implementing password complexity

Not so well-known

  1. Security Awareness Training – Do your users know how to spot a phishing email or how to avoid Business Email Compromise?
  2. User Risk and Sign-in Risk Management – Are your credentials on the dark web or part of a recent breach?

Download Zubair’s Security tips here!

Cyber Security with Microsoft 365

The Microsoft 365 suite offers powerful security for your environment as part of the flagship Microsoft 365 Business Premium Product, this includes conditional access, mobile device management and password protection. One of the key security components in the Microsoft 365 Business Premium is the Advanced Threat Protection for SharePoint, OneDrive, and Teams. This means that the software scans for malware in documents/files uploaded or shared in those apps. If you want additional security instead of paying for the expensive “all in one” license from Microsoft 365 E3 and E5, you can purchase only the Enterprise Mobility Suite (EMS) E5 license. This is an add-on that will:

  • Upgrade your conditional access to also monitor your users for compromises on the dark web.
  • Give access to cloud app security, which allows you to map out your users’ cloud usage for services like Dropbox and Salesforce, and create policies to manage the usage of these.

When asking for a recommendation of which license your business should have, Zubair goes back to the steel door analogy. Most businesses get what they need from the Microsoft 365 Business Premium, however, if you want an extra and more advanced layer of protection, then you should consider the EMS E5 add-on. Important to remember that Not-For-Profit organisations get a large discount on Microsoft 365 licensing. If you’d like to know more about the options available, contact us and we can go through what licenses would work for you.

How Bremmar supplements Microsoft 365 security

We’d like to bring attention to the following:

 

Cyber security awareness training

  • Run a 3-month campaign to simulate phishing attacks
  • Get a report with a summary of who clicked and exposed the business to an attack
  • Receive simple training videos, emails, and infographics to educate your users

Microsoft 365 Security Assessment

  • Perform a complete Microsoft 365 security review – and beyond!
  • Get your Microsoft 365 secure score report
  • Know recommendations to improve your security and best practices

Microsoft 365 backup

  • Protect your business from data loss by human error (deletion of files)
  • Secure your business in case your data gets compromised by malware
  • Have peace of mind knowing that everything within Outlook, Teams, SharePoint, and OneDrive is backed-up. Same goes for G-suite.

How can we help you?

Bremmar are experts in remote working initiatives, security and digital collaboration processes. As accredited Microsoft Gold Productivity Partners, we can help you and your team leverage the power of the Microsoft 365 Stack to work smarter. We manage IT services for a number of NFP, Aged Care, Engineering, Mining and Construction organisations and understand the unique needs of these sectors. Why not set up an initial meeting to learn more? Call us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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3 characteristics that define the modern workplace – Infographic

Today’s diverse and intergenerational workforce is most productive when it has adequate channels to collaborate in a seamless and effective way. There’s a catch, however: teams are far more diverse and remote than ever before, and each organisation requires its own distinct approach to digital collaboration. In other words, your workplace tools and applications must be customised based on your teams’ diversity, location, and work methods.

With this infographic, you’ll learn about the three main characteristics that define our modern workplace and gain insight into what drives productivity and efficiency in today’s organisations. After reading it, you’ll have a better understanding of current trends and can keep these in mind when creating or modifying your organisation’s work environment.

3 characteristics that define the modern workplace infographic

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We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. We’re experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes.

We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working. If you need any assistance with IT to enhance your business continuity planning, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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The 4 defining characteristics of effective digital workspaces

Not so long ago, it was believed that for teams to be productive, they required long hours confined in a physical office space with constant face-to-face interaction. To be fair, given the primitive state of digital collaboration tools at the time—which was pretty much limited to emails—there wasn’t really a solid alternative to this scheme, so companies worked with what they had.

Today, digitalization has made it possible for several people to seamlessly work together while being halfway across the world from each other. Exponential advancements in virtual workspaces have not only enabled teams to work as well as they did when they spent all day in the office, but have also proven that people are actually more productive the less they have to deal with alienating cubicles and two-way trips along traffic-congested highways.

Not all digital workspaces have been equally effective, however. Yet decades of iterating and optimizing have finally given us a solid idea of the most important characteristics these spaces must have to reach their full potential.

So what are they? Read this infographic to find out.

The 4 defining characteristics of effective digital workspaces

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We’re here to help!

We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. We’re experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes.

We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working. If you need any assistance with IT to enhance your business continuity planning, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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Empower your entire organisation with Microsoft Teams – Infographic

You’ve just arrived at the office, booted up your computer or laptop, and filled your first cup of coffee. You sit back down, take a sip, and what do you see? Chances are it’s a login screen. Hastily, you type in your username and password and get on with a productive day.

At least that was the idea, until you remember you forgot to send Karen from HR your vacation request form. You try to reach her by email but to no avail, so you boot up the informal messenger that everyone in the office uses because the legacy messenger set up years ago crashes when you send so much as an emoji. But of course, you once again need to type in your login info, only to see that Janice is not online. So ultimately you end up making two trips to HR (on the first trip, you forgot to staple your vacation balance because the document is stored in a separate internal SharePoint) to finally get your vacation approved.

Ready to throw your computer out a window yet? We don’t blame you. This scenario may seem comical, but it’s a reality that thousands of employees must endure thanks to the lack of a single, unified digital workspace. Preferably one that can be implemented across your entire organisation and serve as a hub for all documents and teams to collaborate, within and across projects.

After reading this infographic, you’ll learn how each department within your business can utilise Microsoft Teams to become more efficient, store documents securely, and collaborate seamlessly with any peer or colleague.

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We’re here to help!

We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. We’re experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes.

We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working. If you need any assistance with IT to enhance your business continuity planning, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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Teams vs Zoom comparison – which video conferencing tool should you use and when?

The current situation across the world with COVID-19 has put an emphasis on businesses to be able to communicate and collaborate remotely, most notably for people to be able to see colleagues and clients via video to break up the feeling of isolation. 

As it stands, there are many different products that can achieve this but, naturally, they all have their pro’s and con’s depending on general functionality as well as business use case context. 

As one of Bremmar’s Productivity Consultants, specialising in Microsoft Teams, I thought it would be helpful to compare a few products and share my opinion. Before we continue, I would like to make clear that even though I am a Teams specialist, this article is unbiased, and my intention is to clarify some of the questions that we have been constantly asked by clients 

Here are the products I have compared: 

  • Microsoft Teams 
  • Zoom 
  • Google Meet 
  • Slack 
  • GoToMeeting 

Overall comparison 

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GoToMeeting 

Using collaboration as my top criteria for comparison, my votes don’t go to GoToMeeting. The product has been compartmentalised, meaning that you can’t get a complete set of functionalities without paying for multiple products or a larger suite that you aren’t likely to utilise – so it’s not cost-effective. See below:  They all have their own pricing and platforms. GoToConnect, for example, is an actual phone system from what I can see so is some weird combination of VC needs and actual calling needs. 

Slack 

Slack, on the other hand, is a great tool and does have the functionality required for good collaboration, however, there is a crucial limitation that makes me cross it off the list – Not being able to have video calls via the mobile app. This is a big downside from my perspective as it limits the ability to maintain the same level of collaboration on the go.  

When evaluating a solution, companies should not only consider the current market situation, which now is working from home, but also think of long-term requirements. At Bremmar, we wouldn’t recommend a solution that has mobile limitations, especially if your business needs to cater its systems for frontline workers.  

Microsoft Teams 

Microsoft Teams is a great platform that integrates heavily with Exchange Online (Emails) and SharePoint Online (Documents in the cloud) alongside other new tools like Power BI for analytics and reporting, PowerApps for business apps and Flow for automation, allowing for a powerful platform to access all your business applications. 

Teams is a platform that delivers much more than just a video conferencing tool with the main benefit of it being included in all Microsoft 365 subscriptions – that’s what I like about itIt is particularly effective in bringing frontline workers into the digital landscape and includes the ability to collaborate online via chat, video calls, online meetings and file sharing, as well as on third-party apps if you have Teams set up to be a central hub for teamwork.   That is why sometimes it is hard to compare apples with apples when talking about Teams vs Zoom as Zoom is purely a video conferencing tool.  

There’s a limited free version for people wishing to try it out and guests can join meetings for free via a web browser, so this makes it a rather quick product to adopt. 

Google Meet 

As of this month, May 2020, Google has made Google Meet available for free for everyone with a G suite account – until September. But you can also use Meets with a personal Google account for free.   Meetings are limited to 60-minute and there’s no recording functionality to save meetings for later. Google Meet is a great program if you have participants that need to call in rather than join via video because Google doesn’t charge an additional call-in fee whereas Zoom does.  

As Zoom and Google Meets are very similar, Bremmar recommends Zoom over Google Meet as it integrates with conferencing equipment to allow a lot more participants to join without having them tap in from individual devices while allowing up to 500 devices to stream the meeting at once. Also, the ability to split up participants mid-meeting into groups and record meetings are more suited to our clients’ needs.  

Ultimately, both Zoom and Google Meet have close to the same features and tools available, which is important for those working from home or in the office.  

Zoom 

Zoom has seen a lot of traction in recent months due to COVID-19 and its main selling point is being able to host massive meetings with the capabilities to have over 40 people visible on video at one time. It’s pretty amazing!  

On top of that, Zoom users have the ability to split up participants midmeeting into groups and simulate a classroom – by having different groups working separately whilst in one video call.  

Only the meeting host has to pay for the product in order to host meetings effectively and anyone can create free accounts to join hosted meetings 

What do we recommend? 

After evaluating our clients’ needs, the features, security and collaboration options of all tools, my preferred options are Microsoft Teams or Zoom. If there’s a need for both tools that’s what I would recommend and below I’ll expand why.

Zoom or Teams…

When to use Teams

It totally depends on the business needs and uses case context  Teams can be applicable from small to large businesses as an internal teamwork hub for the company. It would be more than just a video conferencing tool and your business can enable channels for different departments and teams, files in the cloud and in some cases, even have your landline phone migrated to Teams (like we do at Bremmar)

It can also be expanded as an external toolfor example, for companies that work on projects with external parties. At Bremmar, we use Teams as a collaboration tool with our Marketing agency, so all files, approvals and communications are there – not one email sent!

Industrywise, I feel it again can be applied to any industry but here are some examples from our clients: 

  • Not-for-Profits can use Teams to communicate and collaborate effectively between centres and Head Office, most notably influential for Child Care or Aged Care companies with multiple centres across the country. 
  • Engineering can effectively use Teams to split up projects to self-contain data and tasks whilst also allowing external parties to be invited to collaborate in the same place ensuring data consistency. 

When to use Zoom

Use case for Zoom ties directly into industry use case as well because it has become a platform that is perfect for the Education and Fitness industries, and running classes through it. Both industries need to see more than 4 participants in a video call and need to be able to split the meeting into groups to engage in activities online. Teams doesn’t have that capability 

As a general rule of thumb, what we recommend to our clients that need Zoom’s functionality but also have Microsoft 365 or Teams is to: 

  • Use Teams if having 1:1 meetings 
  • Use Teams if discussing confidential or sensitive matters  
  • Expand on Teams if using it just as a video conferencing tool 
  • Use Zoom if hosting large meetings or conferences 
  • Use Zoom when engaging in activities that require interaction from separate groups 

Security 

Security for both platforms is as important as their use case, especially with current times.

Both platforms allow for a lobby in meetings ensuring that unwanted participants do not join without the hosts approval. Both systems are protected by passwords which is either 2FA via a Microsoft 365 login for Teams or a password directly on the meetings for Zoom. Both platforms are encrypted as well to ensure everything is protected. 

There have been lots of media around Zoom’s security, which is expected, and here’s Bremmar’s view on the topic: 

  • Zoom is a good product and for video conferencing it has more features than Teams right now. 
  • Zoom is campaigning to get their security up to speed. It is likely for this month that there will be more security vulnerabilities but we are confident that Zoom will fix this quickly. 
  • Zoom has fixed a major flaw very quickly which shows they are proactive and on top of the flaws. 
  • Zoom has recently released version 5 which has patched a significant amount of security issues and released a large subset of security features.

Bottom line: 

If Zoom is required as a new video conferencing solution for your business, you can use it. HOWEVER, ensure that the software is up to date and that meetings are private, with passwords for guests to join. If Teams can cover all the required features this is definitely a preferred option. In short, Teams is perfect for any size business which wants to collaborate across multiple applications and people in a single space, whereas Zoom is perfect for those in need of massive training meetings allowing for the simulation of a classroom.

We’re here to help!

We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. We’re experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes.

We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working. If you need any assistance with IT to enhance your business continuity planning, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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Office 365 became Microsoft 365 on April 21. New name, same great value, same price.

Bye-bye Office 365…

From April 21st, Office 365 becomes Microsoft 365. Everything will keep working as it did before but what appears on invoices and quotes will change.

If you’re already an Office 365 subscriber, you don’t need to do anything to start enjoying Microsoft 365. If you are considering getting Office 365, then you’ll only subscribe to its new name: Microsoft 365.

Jared Spataro, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft 365, explains the change:

“This is a natural evolution. Microsoft 365 began in 2017 as a licensing bundle for enterprise customers—a combination of Windows, Office, and Enterprise Mobility and Security (EMS). It has come a long way since then. Today, we call it “the world’s productivity cloud” and it represents our vision for the future of Microsoft productivity tools—an integrated set of apps and services that puts artificial intelligence (AI) and other cutting-edge innovations to work for you. And for small and medium-sized businesses, that includes new capabilities in Microsoft Teams to help you host rich meetings and events online; cloud file storage and sharing capabilities so you can collaborate from anywhere; and security and identity solutions to safeguard your business. At a moment when businesses are facing extraordinary health and economic challenges, we are pleased to bring our consumer and small and medium-sized business customers into this growing Microsoft 365 family.”

What’s changing?

So what’s happening to the names?

       

What options of Microsoft 365 subscription are available?

What’s included in Microsoft 365 plans:

  • Microsoft 365 Apps for business (formerly Office 365 Business) includes Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access*, Publisher*) and cloud file storage and sharing (OneDrive).
  • Microsoft 365 Business Basic (formerly Office 365 Business Essentials) includes business-class email (Exchange Online, Outlook), cloud file storage and sharing (OneDrive), and a hub for teamwork with chat and online meetings (Microsoft Teams). Desktop versions of Office apps like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint not included.

  • Microsoft 365 Business Standard (formerly Office 365 Business Premium) includes Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access*, Publisher*), business-class email (Exchange Online, Outlook), cloud file storage and sharing (OneDrive), and a hub for teamwork with chat and online meetings (Microsoft Teams).

  • Microsoft 365 Business Premium (formerly Microsoft 365 Business) includes everything in Business Standard plus advanced security and device management capabilities for comprehensive security against cyberthreats. *Access and Publisher on Desktop only

Not on Office 365 or Microsoft 365 yet?

(Becomes Microsoft 365 Business Basic on April 21)

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Let’s embrace this new reality. Get your remote working journey started. ACCESS HERE our info sheet on the technology that will help you manage hassle-free remote working.

  • Teamwork hub in Microsoft 365: The collaboration essentials
  • Move your phone system to the cloud
  • Microsoft Teams training
  • Cloud Document Management in Microsoft 365 – SharePoint
  • Intranet & Team sites
  • Business Processes Automation
  • Security

We’re here to help!

We’re Microsoft Gold Productivity Partners, experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes. We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working.

We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. If you need IT assistance, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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Five work from home tips from people who are acing it.

Working fulltime from home is a whole new ball game. We’ve got advice from our people and clients who have been working remotely. These five tips will help you get ready with the right technology, processes and office culture.

This year, most office workers will have to work from home. If you haven’t worked remotely before, it will be an adjustment (and test of your motivation). But, the learning curve doesn’t have to be steep. There are plenty of steps that you can take to ease into working from home. After speaking with our remote people and clients, we compiled advice about the right technology, processes and office culture ideas to ace every day.

1- Look beyond technology

While setting yourself and your co-workers up with access to the right technology is important, we discovered that individual mindset is equally as important. Bonner, from Bremmar, says, “When I first started working from home, I was really struggling until I read that normal routine is important. You need to treat it like a normal day. Which means getting out of your PJs and just doing your normal schedule. It really helps”.

Pro tip: If you have a uniform you might like to wear that (ok you might just put the top on!).  Clients and colleagues can video call you at any time and looking at yourself looking nice in the webcam, also makes you feel good,

If you want to be productive, treat each day as a typical office day. Your usual routine will help you trigger the mental association you usually make with the office. Once you’re in work mode, you’ll be a more effective communicator with your team and more able to use the tools provided to deliver quality work.

2- Choose the right communication tool

At Bremmar, we’ve been using Microsoft Teams in the office and for our remote staff. We couldn’t work without it. While each business will need a different tool to solve unique challenges, communication tools should ensure your team can chat, call, meet or collaborate from anywhere.

Jess, our client from Acacia Living Group, said “the thing I miss most about the office is being able to quickly communicate with colleagues. I sit half a meter from my colleague in the office. I can ask for her opinion and solve problems quickly. Not having her right there has been hard and I feel like I’m less available, too”. In an office environment, it’s easy to rely on a face-to-face communication system but you don’t have that luxury when you go remote.

Over many years of helping businesses, we’ve learnt that when systems work, the team works. A communication tool such as Teams, Slack, Facetime, Google Hangout or Zoom will help your people communicate on most devices, anytime and anywhere they like. With a more connected system, working relationships can be more effective and people will be more productive. It’s a win-win.

Pro tip: If you would like to take the next step, a cloud document management solution is also key. At Bremmar, we use SharePoint and our entire team has access to all files from any device and have access to cool features, such as working on the same document at the same time, being able to access versioning control, etc.

3- Get the right hardware and software

Making sure you can access all information securely and easily will help you work effectively. “I love my second screen. When I first started working from home, I worked four days without it and it was tough. Plus, Bremmar has just set up a new Hosted Citrix System which has been great. I had to work in our old system for six days and I was tearing my hair out. It’s been really helpful” said Jess.

You’re likely to experience some delays as you get used to working from home. It’s essential to spend time setting up properly because it will pay productivity dividends in the long run. For employers, a cloud system is a great option. It gives all staff remote access to their desktop anywhere in the world while offering the highest levels of protection for your business. Remember, if your team can’t access the right information, they can’t work.

Pro-tip: We have put together a list of basic remote working and collaboration packages we recommend – check it out here!

Hardware is just as important. The main items are comfy chair (a must!), an extra monitor to your laptop, headsets, a proper mouse and a keyboard if working from a small laptop.

5- Be patient and proactive

When asked about remote collaboration, Sam from Bremmar said “we are collaborating well but the work doesn’t flow as quickly because you have to make a call, send a message or email – and then wait for a response. But we are adapting”. Working from afar on the same projects can be hard. People can be left out of the loop, miss important information or not know when team members are taking lunch or on another call. This can quickly cause frustration and dissatisfaction about work and each other.

The Bremmar team is starting to implement simple solutions that work. “We’re trying to have more online video meetings, which helps. We’re also training ourselves to connect. Everyone needs to remember to check in with each other, especially when people are working in a team or there’s overlap on a task” said Sam. Bonner reinforces that visibility to colleagues’ schedule is key, “what’s been really good is that we have the policy to let line managers know when we’re having lunch by logging on or off Microsoft Teams. It means the person who is taking a break can enjoy it and other team members know why they’re unavailable”.

Each team has its own challenges. However, a quick morning W.I.P. (work in progress) meeting, a daily sign-off meeting or a virtual lunch hour together can help your teamwork cohesively and share the workload. Try to use video calls instead of phone calls. It helps everyone to connect properly, openly share tensions, and solve problems quickly.

6- Don’t forget culture

Sam is an advocate of remote team-building initiatives. “I love the idea of remote video happy hour! Quarantini, anyone?

I don’t want to lose touch with the people who are in our business. When you’re working remotely it’s so easy to just see people as the role they perform, instead of who they are” said Sam. A strong team culture will ensure your team can work together cohesively from all corners of the world. Plus, culture helps people understand where their job fits in larger company picture, which supports individual purpose and accountability. It fosters open communication and social chatter, both are important for employee and business well-being.

Pro-tip: Bremmar keeps having its Friday after-work drinks. We send a Teams invite to all staff, at 5pm everyone connects, and we have a beer and a laugh together! Partners and kids are also invited, and we plan some activities. Last week we celebrated Harmony Week by wearing something from the country staff are from, like a t-shirt or a hat. It was a complete success!

Want to build culture? Here’s some advice from our remote staff and clients.

“Just keep in touch. For employees and employers, it’s all about open communication” – Sam

“Trust that your employees are going to be working. If the work is getting done even if it’s from the couch, provided it’s safe, it shouldn’t really matter” – Bonner

“Do a test day if you can. See how the systems and communication channels will cope. Getting everyone set-up properly will really help them to connect” – Jess.

We’re here to help!

We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. We’re experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes. We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working.

If you need any assistance with IT to enhance your business continuity planning, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or email help@bremmar.com.au

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Bremmar Security Alert: Zoom Security Flaw!

 

The increased popularity of the video conferencing tool called Zoom has put the software in the media spotlight.

We would like to communicate that security experts have raised a warning about a security flaw in the system that can pose a risk to your business and personal information. Keys issues are:

1- Your system security can be compromised by malicious links that are shared in Zoom meetings. This means that if you are in a video meeting and someone shares a malicious link in the chat, that link when clicked can possibly give attackers unauthorised access to your system.

2- Open public meetings with no password or participant control. This means that anyone that finds your meeting can join the meeting and share/post any content they would like, including the malicious links mentioned above. 

WHAT TO DO?

Bremmar recommends that companies evaluate their ongoing usage of Zoom until this flaw has been resolved. However, if you continue to use Zoom, please ensure that all your staff considers these measures:

1- If you are part of a meeting, don’t click on links that you don’t know or understand, especially if you don’t know the person who has sent it.

2- If participating in an open meeting that doesn’t require a password or asks the “owner” of the meeting to approve your participation, don’t click any links! You don’t know everyone that is part of the meeting so be extra vigilant.

3- Never create open public meetings. Always create meetings that require a password or that you have to approve for the participants to join in.

EDUCATE YOUR STAFF

Bremmar kindly asks you to educate all of your staff on this issue. Security systems are in place, however, the main tool against this specific issue is employee education and awareness.

For more details, please read the below:

https://www.tomsguide.com/news/zoom-security-privacy-woes

https://www.itnews.com.au/news/windows-flaw-lets-zoom-leak-network-credentials-runs-code-remotely-545883

At Bremmar, we use and recommend Microsoft Teams as a teamwork hub and video conferencing tool. If you would like to explore this option, please contact your ISM or help@bremmar.com.au.

If you believe you have clicked a malicious link, please contact your Bremmar support team for further assistance asap!

Phone: 1300 667 167
Email: support@bremmar.com.au

We’re here to help!

We’re here to help your business thrive in 2020. Bremmar is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity partner with more than 10 years’ experience in a range of Microsoft solutions. We’re experts in remote working initiatives and digital collaboration processes. We can help you and your team enable critical applications in the cloud which is critical to get you ready for remote working.

If you need any assistance with IT to enhance your business continuity planning, do not hesitate to contact us on 1300 991 351 or fill in the form below.

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