*Offers updated on March 26, 2020

Most enterprises are getting slammed with employees working from home. Most of us designed our remote user VPN’s for the occasional "snow day" ...right. Now we have an entire workforce, working from home full time for weeks…maybe months …oh yeah, and using a full suite of applications including voice… crazy. No really!

Many of you have contacted SynerComm to get additional VPN licenses/concentrators, endpoint security controls, and help designing and spinning up "new ways" to get employees connected securely. During these crazy times some of our vendors are stepping up and trying to make a difference.

To help you we would like to share a few solutions/offers from our vendors:

VendorOfferDetails
Palo Alto NetworksFree 90-day GlobalProtect VPN subscription license for mobile devices like iPads, etc. (Other GP is already free)Customer logins into their own support portal and select trial licenses
Pulse SecureFlexible Pulse Connect Secure licensingValid through May 31st
CrowdStrikeSurge relief for 60 days (existing customers)
CrowdStrike Falcon Prevent home use licenses
Expiration TBD
SentinelOneFree trials:

SentinelOne Core: AI-powered prevention, detection, and automated response in a single, autonomous lightweight agent; legacy antivirus replacement across Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems with no connectivity or network dependency.

Deployment services: remote deployment assistance to ensure rapid installation and customized configuration
Offer expires May 16th
ArmorbloxNo charge offer to help businesses with 100+ employees during these challenging times.Expiration TBD
Extreme NetworksWork from Home bundle discount Extreme Networks and Tech Data have created a Portable Branch Office Kit to enable your customers to connect, secure, and manage remote sites and remote workers quickly and easily. Combining SD-WAN, Wi-Fi, and cloud management into an easy to deploy, plug and play solution, this kit offer delivers the ability to provide an enterprise-class experience for all connected users, regardless of where they reside.Discounted
LastlineLastline Analyst at no cost for 90 days to organizations with 500+ employees.Offer expires June 30, 2020
ProofpointFree trial - Scalable secure access for increasing your mobile workforce.Offer expires September 30, 2020
UBIQFree trial to Trusted File ManagerOffer expires June 20, 2020

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Have questions or want some guidance with taking advantage of these vendor offers?

Practicing good remote access hygiene in times of uncertainty

As the business world reacts to the current health crisis, companies are offering remote access to any role that can work from home. Taking a cue from the changing environment, cyber-criminals are already taking advantage. Already (03/15/2020) the US Health and Human Services Department suffered a cyber-attack with the intention of distributing false information.

Here are some recommendations on continuing to practice good information security hygiene as more of the access moves outside of the physical office.

Security Awareness Training

Access and Data Storage

Incident Response Planning

CEO Fraud Prevention

The need to immediately increase remote access capabilities is here, much sooner than a lot of companies were prepared for. But just as it is not prudent to take shortcuts to meet a deadline from your boss, now is not the time to sacrifice security for expedience or convenience. We have already seen examples of people sharing links to private company meetings via social media sites, virtually opening the meeting to anyone who happens upon the link. It is essential that these users who now have new methods of access, understand and protect that access. The bad guys are actively looking to prey upon those who are unprepared.

Risks and Considerations for IT: A Pandemic

What can IT do to prepare?

We all know the stats of the Coronavirus, although they are changing by the minute. We know what to do personally and for our families but what about for our Company?

Many customers do have Business Continuity Plans or Enterprise Risk management plans but do they include plans for a Pandemic such as this?

A few things to consider:

  1. Remote access for employees. Can employees continue their normal work from home? Phones for customer calls? Do you have enough licenses to support large numbers of SSL VPN connections?
  2. Customer & vendor meetings. Many companies have started to stop all onsite meetings to protect their employees. This is where collaboration software is king. Do you have enough licenses for GoToMeetings, Zoom, or others?
  3. Communications plans. (Pre and Post Pandemic) Is there effective means to communicate with employees should the business (or schools) require to close its doors? Email, mobile phones, Teams, etc?
  4. Insurance. Many corporate insurances plans (Business interruption clauses) have Pandemic inclusions…. does yours? Maybe dust it off and know your coverage.
  5. Travel Insurance. Even if your company has not issued a stop on travel many other companies have. Can existing travel plans be changed without forfeiture or fees?

Just a few things to think about for your best practice preparedness plans.

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