Everything that is happening today reminds me of war movies I saw as a kid. When the big scene hits, everything is happening at once. Bombs going off. Machine gun fire. Men yelling. The drone of warplanes getting ever closer. This sets up the opportunity for the hero to step up and take command of the situation, to start barking orders for others as he, himself, performs brave and amazing feats to save lives.
I think we are living in that very scene right now. New statistics of infection and death hit like bombs. Too much simultaneous information is the machine gun fire. As we are frightened for ourselves and our loved ones, though, we know that we are that person who must step up and take command. Taking no action is not an option now.
Which One Are You?
At what point in this pandemic crisis did any of us accept that the world was about to change dramatically? Take a look at our image today. Which one are you? Is your parking lot empty because all of your people are productively working from home or are they still reluctantly coming to the workplace and spending their time moving desks and equipment around for social distancing? Were you ready to send your people home with the ability to continue working from there or are you scrambling only now to keep your phones answered and your production up? Are employees using their home personal devices to log in to your network, and if so—is it properly secured?
Help Is Available
For managed service providers (MSPs) like Aptica, remote workers and the appropriate cybersecurity has been a thing for a few years now. Ideally you could have company laptops that we configure for workers to use when they are logging into your business data from offsite. Right now, we are working at a good clip to set up secure connections for businesses whose workforce was using company desktops in the office but are now relying on mobile devices as their employees shelter at home. It’s doable, but it’s only a bandaid. If mandated social distancing remains necessary for more than a couple of weeks—then what?
Don’t Throw Up Your Hands—Make A Phone Call Instead
Aptica knows how to help. Your business does not have to stop. We are prepared with plans to support remote workers, with budget suggestions, with long-term prognostications, and with 24/7 monitoring of your new computer and network situation. We continue to offer an assessment of your current network setup at no cost. We answer questions when you call at no cost too. We are the guys who live next door in your community, and we care about your success and well-being. Let’s all help each other right now and for as long as it takes. For IT needs—we’ve got your back.
Jason Newburg, 260.243.5100, ext 2101, is the founder and owner of Aptica LLC. This IT management and support company has been serving small to medium-sized businesses for 19 years in the region that includes Angola, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Toledo OH.