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  1. The National Basketball Association and National Hockey League have suspended the season indefinitely.
  2. Justin Trudeau’s wife Sophie has been diagnosed with COVID-19 following a trip from the UK.
  3. Prime Minister Trudeau in self-isolation.
  4. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson have been diagnosed with COVID-19.
  5. President Trump suspends all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.

What Is The COVID-19? Report

The COVID-19 or coronavirus is a large group of viruses that are common among animals. It was first detected in Wuhan, China in 2019 and while it was initially thought to be contracted from animal to human contact, it has been developed and shown that it can be contagious through human to human contact. The World Health Organization (WHO) has been tracking the outbreak and danger of the virus and has officially declared it as a “Global Health Emergency” and a “pandemic”.

How Can You Prevent It? Report

There is currently no vaccine to protect against the virus, but health officials are working on a vaccine against the coronavirus however, it will take more than a year until the vaccine is available. The most important method is to wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and be aware of your surroundings. Awareness is key. If you encounter someone who is sick, it is important to avoid contact with them to ensure your health and safety.

How Does It Affect Your Security Operations? Report

There is no doubt that the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on global organizations and economies will continue to be far-reaching and significant. The impact specific to security operations very much depends upon the nature of an organization’s core business. Typically, any crisis is largely coordinated by an organization’s security team, therefore, it stands to reason that security will be called upon to manage the demand for intelligence by various stakeholders within an organization. Proactive dissemination of information and effective management of support requests is incredibly important. Execution of these items in a timely manner is critical to the fulfillment of duty of care obligations.

With regard to business continuity planning, security teams also be responsible for conducting a thorough risk assessment of business-critical people, places and operations likely to be impacted by the outbreak. While safety is (and should be) the number-one priority, a close second is business integrity. Today, most businesses have a robust crisis management and business continuity program (BCP) in place; a thorough review of all aspects of such programs is important. To put it simply: there is never a good time to overlook part of an established BCP, but during a global health crisis is a particularly bad time for such an occurrence.

Securing Your Work

It’s evident that the coronavirus has been the most trending topic in the world, as the virus seems to infect and spread rapidly With the virus infecting so many people, many individuals have decided to work from home to avoid contact with the public. However, with so many people working away from the office, companies worldwide continue to take numerous hits and can only hope that the spread of the virus slows down.

As mentioned, the virus is transmissible through human to human contact even when the individual shows no signs of symptoms. In order for organizations to prevent illness to their staff, an effective security system must be installed in order to block out people who may have the virus. The virus has the ability to infect through a single direct and non-direct touch, and without proper security, it’s very easy for someone who has the virus to enter a building and infect hundreds of previously healthy people.

Read About How BioConnect Can Help Keep You Healthy

  1. Mobile Biometric Authentication for VPN Access

A Virtual Private Network (VPN) is a network that allows an individual or organization to create a secure connection to another network over the internet. VPNs can be used to access region-restricted websites, shield your browsing activity, and much more.

Nowadays, VPNs have grown increasingly popular, but not for the reasons they were originally created. They originally were created to act as a network system that connects business networks together securely over the internet or allow you to access a business network from a desired location. VPNs essentially forward all your network traffic to the network, which is where the benefits like accessing local network resources remotely and bypassing Internet censorship come at most. To this day, millions of operating systems have invested in VPNs and are actively using them.

As many people begin to work from home, they will unquestionably need a VPN. Companies set up VPNs for their employees to create a single network where they are able to complete their work and communicate with one another with ease. In this generation, sharing passwords have become normal routine, and this presents a major security problem. Using biometrics, BioConnect protects these VPNS with more trust and exact identity assurance. Biometrics provide a service where any information cannot be stolen or duplicated, and thoroughly decreases the rate of theft. All companies should invest in using biometrics in this time of remote work to not only protect the VPNs but also your personal information.

View BioConnect’s demo for mobile biometric authentication for VPN access here

  1. Employee Safety & Quarantine

As the coronavirus continues to decimate the world, the World Health Organization and other health officials are consistently working to limit the spread of the virus. As employees from several companies begin working from home, it’s crucial to assure that these people are not permitted back in the office.

Identity assurance is key in ensuring this virus does not intentionally enter restricted access buildings. BioConnect Link is an intelligent device designed to facilitate secure physical access and is a key component of the Unified Mobile Access solution. We want to ensure that user credentials are managed properly from a single portal, so that when employees are allowed to enter a building, there is a step-up authentication system that assures their true identity. Using BioConnect Link, property managers can fully implement this additional layer of security to physical access points to assure the health and safety of the people.

  1. Preparation and Non-Contact

There’s never been a doubt that society’s biggest scare is not knowing when a threat is coming or if it’s arrived. The faster the problem is identified, the better. A non-intrusive method to interview someone that is suspected of having flu symptoms is also needed. Consider the fact that people may lie or hide about their medical status for several reasons, whether it’s for a job interview, a potential partnership, etc. It’s important to then determine where that individual has been for the past few days and weeks and then take the appropriate precautions.

When dealing with objects such as biometric devices, you never know whose had contact with it, whether they have the virus or not. We want to sufficiently limit the amount of contact with devices where its whereabouts are unknown – so using BioConnect’s authentication methods such as facial recognition, you would not need to have any physical contact with devices.

Use BioConnect Link in Securing Your Enterprise During COVID-19 Season

BioConnect Link is an intelligent device designed to facilitate secure physical access and is an essential component of the United Mobile Access solution. The BioConnect Link device can be installed in enterprise doors, networks closets, data rooms, data center cabinets, and data center end-of-line solutions. It is a convenient and flexible device that adds an additional layer of security to physical access points with step-up authentication, ensuring security is maintained at the highest level possible. Furthermore, BioConnect Link also features smart, rules-based access with custom configuration for security administration, automatic notifications for abnormal activities and the ability to set schedules for additional security levels.

View BioConnect’s video on Rules-Based Access and BioConnect Link Installation and User Journey.