This page will not only provide information about computer technology and IT security.

It will also inform about the world of work in general and yes, how technology and people can interact. 
We hope you find some value here.

How to secure a remote workforce

Covid-19 forced many companies  to “work from home”. And while VPN and other colaborative technlogies make this fairly easy to do, security risks multiply as a result because the home office is not nearly as secure as the office and whats more, companies can be held liable for data breaches that originate from their employees home offices (more info on risk to the employer is here)
This article from GFI provides advice on how to secure remote offices.
As always sortedIT can help with advice, end point protection and hardware that will enable company management to monitor all network traffic on the network. For more information, call 011 465 0529 or mail using our contact form and we will gladly assist.

VPN’s: Some aren’t as safe as you may think.

If you value privacy and want to ensure that your online business activity is secure there are some VPN’s that you should avoid.
A common myth is that free VPN’s are good enough, but the infrastructure and network services that they use need to be paid for somehow, often by selling user data and information. Here are two articles that all free VPN users should read.

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Firewalls – ever more necessary now

Ransomware and phishing attacks have risen sharply since the lockdown forced companies to send employees to work from home. By necessity, these employees need to VPN into on-premise and cloud servers and other resources to gain access to company and customer, client and patient data in order to do their work. While the VPN is “safe”, the home network is not and a malware infected home computer can provide a gateway for hackers to gain access to company servers and sensitive material.
And a company that does not have a firewall in place that can monitor and report on all network traffic won’t know that they have been compromised until too late. Managed Firewalls allow administrators to monitor and track data flows in and out of the network, giving them real-tie insight into employee and device activity.

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SteriBay Walk Through Sanitizers

With phased relaxation of the Covid-19 lockdown, more people are returning to the workplace. The Covid-19 virus has not gone away. Like the ‘flu, it will keep recurring and because it is far more virulent than the ‘flu virus, the potential for further show-stopping outbreaks remains. The onus is on both business and the individual to protect themselves.

SortedIT is able to supply and install the SteriBay walk through sanitation booth which can be placed at all entrance points and other sensitive areas. Click the link alongside for more details and product specifications.

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SortedIT Certified as an Essential Services Provider – Information and Communication Services

We are now able to provide on-site  IT/ICT support services to the business community – Home, Micro Enterprise, SMB and Corporate.

See the full range of our services by browsing to www.sortedit.co.za We can also be contacted on 011 465 0529 or mail using our contact form and we will gladly assist.

Clearance Certificate

Companies Can Be Held Liable For Data Breaches At Home Offices

Companies could be held liable if employees leak personal, private and/or confidential information while working from home. Employers need to ensure that remote workers can only access data that is pertinent to their job function and nothing else. That means that the VPN software they use must be capable of being configured to ensure that the employee can only access what they need to access and nothing else. Remember home offices are seldom security controlled.

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Malware and Home Office Networks – one of the risks of remote working

Research done by the security vendor Bitsight shows that 45% of corporate associated  home office networks contain malware.
And because devices on the home network VPN into the corporate network, the malware poses a distinct threat to data integrity, data security and could result in heavy penalties in the event of a data breach that exposes sensitive information.

For more information, call 011 465 0529 or mail using our contact form and we will gladly assist.

Remote Working

Due to lockdowns in place all over the world, nearly all companies that can, have employees working from home, And once businesses begin to realize that there could be cost benefits for them, remote working could become the new normal for many employees.

However, unless properly structured, remote working could be detrimental to efficiency at all levels. This “Blueprint for Remote Working” highlights the key considerations  for companies thinking of making remote working the norm.

Covid-19 (RSA Government Portal)

We at SortedIT don’t believe that the world at large has any idea of how much Covid-19 has affected the world of work yet. One thing we do agree on is that the way we work and the way we are employed to do work, will change.

But what exactly is Covid-19 and how is it able to make people so desperately ill?

This informative video shows how the virus goes to work in our bodies.
The lockdown is there for a reason. No one is immune.

Zoom & Zoombombing

Zoom has become one of the most widely used collaboration applications world-wide.
However, it is no secret that Zoom has serious security issues which has led to a phenomenon called “ZoomBombing”

Well what is “Zoombombing”? This is when an uninvited person joins a Zoom meeting. This is usually done in an attempt to gain a few cheap laughs at the expense of the participants. To to the company’s credit, they are trying to address these security issues and we hope that they are successful.

In the meantime, click on the link alongside for tips on how to tighten up your security while using the application and for more information on “Zoombombing”

Half a Million Zoom Accounts Compromised by Credential Stuffing, Sold on Dark Web

It has been revealed that Zoom user records are circulating on the dark Web. The risk for many SME’s is that zoom is being used for remote conferencing and documents are transferred using this portal. User ID’s and possibly email addresses are also exchanged and this information can he used by hackers to send phishing emails hoping to compromise business systems and data.
We understand that Zoom are working to resolve their security issues and we hope they succeed. Until then, scroll to the bottom of this page. There is a link that shows which Zoom settings need to be changed to tighten security.

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