[WEBINAR] How to Support Secure Collaboration for Newly Remote Workers

The last few months have presented considerable disruption to normal business processes. Companies and their employees have had to adapt at a remarkable clip, with many deploying platforms such as Microsoft Teams to support newly remote workforces. In this webinar Jeffery Lauria, iCorps' Vice President of Technology, and Kirk Fackre, iCorps' Vice President of Sales, discuss ways to ease the transition, support employees, and keep business data secure. 

Watch Our Webinar to Learn How Microsoft Teams Supports the Transition to Remote Work:


Webinar Highlights: Why SMBs Choose Microsoft Teams Over Zoom

Microsoft Teams and Zoom have contended for center stage over the past few months. And while both platforms support video conferencing, their purposes diverge:

Zoom Microsoft Teams
- Focused on video and audio conferencing - Features focus on internal communication
- Supports multiple screen sharing - Integrates with Microsoft 365 and InTune
- Web conferences boast high-quality video/audio - Secure collaboration with business partners
- Supports a large number of interactive users - Robust chat service outside web meetings
- Not a collaboration platform - Integration with 3rd party apps in progress
- Has had recurring security / privacy issues  

When selecting your collaboration platform consider the following: who will use it the most? Is this a tool you want for partner and client interaction? Do you want a more social or professional tool? If you are already leveraging the Microsoft 365 suite, consider keeping your spend in-house by optimizing your existing Teams application. 

Hosting Meetings with Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams already has a robust stack of services, including video conferencing, VoIP calling, chat, and encrypted document sharing. Perhaps the most critical, at this time, are secure meetings. Through Teams, users can: 

  • Chat and share screens, files, and webcams

  • Meet with 250 internal and external participants

  • Playback meeting recordings and search transcripts

  • Blur or customize your background and suppress noise

  • Collaborate in real-time on documents and whiteboards

As a cloud platform hosted in Azure, Teams integrates with a number of security tools designed to keep your meetings safe. InTune is a dashboard that specializes in mobile and desktop device management, ensures system patching, and Info Protection during document sharing and transit. Microsoft Defender provides a centralized control panel through which to deploy anti-virus and malware protection to all company devices.

Remember Employee Security Best Practices

Although Teams integrates with Microsoft security tools, it's imperative that you continue to educate your employees about cyber threats. Keep them informed over company-wide Teams channels, shared intranets, or regular email updates. When possible, provide secure company-owned devices, while deploying secure solutions on personal ones. It is also important during this time to implement security best practices, such as:

  • Layered MFA and identity management

  • Endpoint management solutions such as InTune

  • Verify suspicious emails, and avoiding links or attachments  

  • Isolate personal computers from company networks via virtual workstations

For more information about implementing any of the above remote solutions, please reach out to iCorps for a free consultation

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