Covid-19 Weekly Email Security Tips

 

CompuConnect continues to provide vetted IT support during the pandemic and is classified as an essential business by Homeland Security. We are offering live phone and remote support with on-site deployment only for emergency critical system down situations affecting multiple users.

A Short Video from the CEO, Yiddy Lemmer:

Employment Law Information:

https://ogletree.com/insights/covid-19-faqs-on-federal-labor-and-employment-laws/

Below are some answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs) about the latest developments on the virus and guidance from federal agencies in regard to employment law.

REMOTE COLLABORATION TOOLS:

VoIP Mobile Apps and Softphones

Our very own VoIP platform provides fully integrated mobile apps to simulate your deskphone use.

Take advantage of this free feature to maximize your work from home environment and team collaboration.

  • Communicate via intercom or chat between office staff
  • Route calls to extensions rather than cell phones
  • Make outbound calls from mobile app that shows your business phone number not individual’s personal information
  • Very minimal configuration.  Will work in minutes!

http://www.compuvoip.com/

Zoom Video Conferencing: www.zoom.us

Zoom is a great video conferencing tool that will help you stay in constant contact with your team, clients and vendors. We have a client in the medical industry that uses this tool to do some patient visits! we use this internally as well externally.

Slack Instant Messaging: www.slack.com

We also use slack in house to communicate in real time about internal and client facing items. We keep our team communication OUT OF OUR INBOXES. There is enough going on in there!

Microsoft Teams for Instant Messaging and Video Conferencing:

We use this at CompuConnect. We hold a daily huddle each morning at 8:00AM for 10 minutes to align for the day and we get to see each other. Then I stay on all day to be available if someone needs something.

This tool is Included in your Microsoft Office 365 Licensing a the Business Essentials, Business Premium, E1, and E3 levels.

Free Microsoft TEAMS Training

Bigger Brains has moved their Teams training over to YouTube as a resource for companies who need to learn collaboration in a hurry.

https://getbiggerbrains.com/coronavirus-help-free-microsoft-teams-training/

SANS Security Awareness Work-from-Home Deployment Kit - FREE

The SANS Institute put out a free deployment toolkit/security awareness for working from home.

https://www.sans.org/security-awareness-training/sans-security-awareness-work-home-deployment-kit?utm_content=121882391&utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin&hss_channel=lcp-35509483

Links to More Helpful Information: 

COVID-19 live tracker – ‘This is a comprehensive, as close to real time as I have found, tracker of the global to local impact’

McKinsey – ‘This is the single most comprehensive set of information I have found on this topic including actionable insights’

Littler – ‘What we should be doing with teams during this time’

CDC – ‘What to do if you think you may have COVID-19’

World Health.net – ‘High dose Vitamin C and a prevention and/or a treatment’

OSHA – ‘Guidance on preparing the workplace for COVID-19’

Asaf Bitton, MD, MPH – ‘Why social distancing is needed and how to best go about it’

NBC News – ‘Video covering several areas of the virus – overall very good information’

Fast Company & A LOT MORE – ‘How to manage virtual meetings – best practices’

As we move to more remote working have ‘good’ and ‘frequent’ meetings will become highly valuable.

Demystifying CARES Act:

Ami Kassar is holding a DAILY webinar at 12 noon EST to help you flesh out what the stimulus package means for small businesses. You'll want to jump on this webinar when you see changes coming down so you can hear in plain-speak what to expect.

In this one-hour interactive session you will learn:

  • SBA emergency loan status - after CARES Act approval
    · Existing SBA program initiatives - after CARES Act approval
    · Importance of filing 2019 returns
    · Do you have liquidity you can leverage?
    · Calculating Operating Expenses (6 month burn rate)
    · Online loans to watch out for and stay away from

Sign up for the webinar here

Zoom Webinar: https://zoom.us/w/378451652  and  Password: 423895

Financial Guidance

Easy, step-by-step Small Business Coronavirus Emergency Loan Guide here:

https://www.uschamber.com/sites/default/files/023595_comm_corona_virus_smallbiz_loan_final_revised.pdf

SBA Disaster Loans:

https://www.sba.gov/disaster-assistance/coronavirus-covid-19

Apply for a loan as soon as its available. After they determine if you qualify, you will receive funds in 2-3 weeks. Apply even if you think you won't need it. You can always say NO.

MultiFunding has also put together a community site to help business owners navigate through the SBA loan process during these confusing times:  https://multifunding.tribe.so/

CARES Act: SBA Loans and the Paycheck Protection Program - Very
Informative information!

 https://www.cedrsolutions.com/cares-act-loans/

90 Day Financial Planning:

Meet with your CPA and/or Controller/Accountant and create a financial plan for the next 90 days. Re-evaluate this plan every 1-2 weeks to see if you need to adjust.

Stress test your cash! Alan Miltz’ SaaS tool for managing cash – no charge for 3 months – stress test your cash with just 6 numbers from your financials. www.cashflowstory.com/stresstest

Consider adding an expense line item called COVID-19 and dump off all expenses in there including your staff and personal time spent dealing with a crisis – this 30 second video by Ron Lovett, author of Outrageous Empowerment, will explain why it will make it easier to apply for government assistance if and when it comes available. https://www.linkedin.com/posts/ron-lovett_outrageousempowerment-activity-6646137020743761920-N9Uo

Stabilizing Your Business: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome.

With constant changes brought on by the pandemic of COVID-19, your business may be presented with cash flow challenges and opportunities you may have never faced before. To respond to these changes, look no further than a motto with which you are familiar: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome. The slogan used by the United States Marine Corps outlines steps you can take to combat the challenges you are facing as you make decisions that will be key to the survival of your business. Read details on this strategy here: https://www.cricpa.com/stabilizing-your-business/

Financial Crisis Management Templates from My CPA and Author, Greg Crabtree. Will you have the capital needed to get back to pre-Covid19 profitability levels (or better)? Resource here: https://simplenumbers.me/crisismgmt/

PODCAST: Mindsets for Scary Times

So, how is all of this affecting business?

And how will it affect YOUR business?

While many people are in a panic, Jay Abraham, Dean Jackson, and Joe Polish are NOT panicking at all, and you should know why. The three of them just had one of the most insightful, calm, and important conversations ever about succeeding in business in scary times such as what we’re experiencing right now.

They recorded the conversation and it is available for you to listen as I Love Marketing podcast Episode #362.

Of all the podcast episodes they've ever done, this will be one of the most important you’ll ever listen to.

https://ilovemarketing.com/safe-ideas-for-scary-times-entrepreneurship-amidst-chaos-with-jay-abraham-dean-jackson-and-joe-polish/

US Chamber of Commerce – ‘Top 20 Tips for building business resilience’

Medium – ‘What is flattening the curve and why it is important’

Sequoia Capital – ‘A look at the financial implications of COVID-19 from a business perspective’

McKinsey – ‘General implications for Business’