Just about a year ago, I was working for another company–one that had managed to both stay open and pay its employees during the government shutdown of 2018. During that time, we saw many government contractors that had it much worse and that went out of business or had to lay off staff in order to stay afloat. Before I left that company, I wrote an article for their blog about keeping ahead of your cybersecurity posture in the event of a financial hardship. It was aimed mostly at government contractors as a warning against another shutdown.

Who would have thought that our companies would be going fully or mostly remote? Who would have thought that we could be facing employees at home or sick in the hospital? Though most employees are still around at this point, I thought I’d revisit that article here with some takeaways from the government shutdown that can be applied to the 2020 quarantine.

We are going to get through this! Social Distancing is in place for a good reason, but in some places it’s happening more quickly than some companies have time to consider putting policies and practices into place. Take action right now. Contact me if you need a referral to a good resource to help if you’re too small to do it yourself.

Be good to each other, and stay healthy.

An earlier version of this post was written by Lynne Glowacki and edited by Travis Johnson and was posted to the blog at HumanTouch in February 2019.

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