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11 Things To Have In Your Coronavirus Business Continuity Plan

Michael Novinson

From implementing user-specific access control policies and presenting applications through the cloud to preparing for staff augmentation and core system outages, here are the big issues a coronavirus business continuity plan should address.

Ability To Present Key Apps Through The Cloud

Cloud services like Amazon AppStream offer pure virtualization access from anywhere, meaning that organizations should take an inventory of their VPN capacity to determine if they’d need to present some applications through the cloud in the event of a shutdown, said McAfee Chief Information Officer Scott Howitt.

If a network becomes unavailable during a natural disaster, he said key apps can be presented through the cloud so that vital elements of the business will remain operational even if going to the office is not permitted as it was in certain countries during COVID-19. In this scenario, only the virtual interface is situated on the device rather than the content itself, meaning it doesn’t matter if employees are using personal devices.

Redundancy and availability are built into the cloud automatically, Howitt said, while in a traditional environment, the users would have to build in the redundancy themselves by having a presence in multiple data centers. Howitt said he expects more cloud providers to come out with their own version of AppStream.

 
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