The SPTC Program and Marketing committee have collected and provided resources below to assist our members during the COVID-19 pandemic. To submit a link for consideration please email Rachel Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NYTIMES: The Dos and Don’ts of Online Video Meetings – From setting a clear agenda to testing your tech setup, here’s how to make video calls more tolerable for you and your colleagues.
Commonwealth of Virginia – Coronavirus (COVID-19) measures to ensure the health and safety of Virginians.
Southern Virginia Regional Alliance – Economic Resources – State, federal, and local economic resources for Southern Virginia companies.
SANS Security Awareness Deployment Guide: Working from Home – This guide provides a step-by-step plan to quickly execute an awareness initiative to secure your remote workforce, including how to identify what to teach your workforce, the top three risks to focus on, what departments to coordinate with and how to effectively engage and communicate to your workforce. Download the Deployment Guide
Microsoft Resources – Microsoft tips and resources to assist in working remotely and strategies and innovation to help students learn online.
COVID-19 Security Resource Library – The National Cyber Security Alliance has provided information on how to avoid cyber threats and scams, security tips for working remotely, government assistance and other guidance
What You Need to Know About COVID-19 Scams – Taking advantage of current events is a common tactic that cybercriminals use to fuel their malicious activities. With the global pandemic of COVID-19 and an overwhelming desire for the most current information, it can be difficult for users to ensure they are clicking on reliable resources.
SANS Tips for Secure Video Conferencing – Video conferencing has become a key part of staying connected while working at home. However, this technology is new for many and often changing. Here are key tips on how to use video conferencing software securely for both individuals hosting a conference and those attending. Download the Tip Sheet
Virginia Public Schools – Provides division and building-level administrators, school health coordinators and educators with ready access to up-to-date resources and information about COVID-19 and the steps schools should take to safeguard the health of students and staff.
New College Institute – Learning Resources – Online Learning Resources for Teachers, Parents, Care-Givers and Students during the COVID-19 Pandemic
SANS Securing Your Kids Online – With school districts moving to eLearning formats, in which students access online forums from home, this is a fantastic opportunity for children to try new technologies — and also face potential security risks. Watch the Videos | Read OUCH! Newsletters | Watch the Webcast
TECH APPLICATION OFFERINGS
Adobe Connect – Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform allowing collaboration via video, audio, screen-sharing, polls, chat, Q&A, document sharing and more. A free 90-day trial access is being provide through July 1st.
Avaya Spaces – The free Avaya Spaces provides a cloud meeting and team collaboration solution that enables people and organizations to connect and collaborate remotely. Voice and video conferencing for up to 200 participants available.
CiscoWebex – Cisco Webex is offering free video/meeting software usage.
GoToMeeting – Multiple Products for free
Salesforce – Quip Starter – To help teams collaborate while students and staff are away from school. Available for free to any Salesforce customer or non-profit organization through September 30, 2020.
Zoom – Basic web conferencing plan is free to host up to 100 participants. They have a resource page with tips for remote workers and educators, hosting virtual events, and telehealth.
How to Keep Your Zoom Chats Private and Secure – Zoom’s a great video chat platform, but a few simple steps also make it a safe one.
List of available hotspots and internet service offerings
Xfinity WiFi Hotspots – Xfinity WiFi Hotspots across the country are now available to anyone to needs them for free, including non-Xfinity internet subscribers.
Danville’s Hot Parks – Free wireless internet access
Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC) – Wi-Fi covers the entire parking lot, so please maintain social distancing. Use the SVHEC-Students network.
Halifax County-South Boston Public Library System – Wi-Fi is accessible from the parking lots of both the South Boston and Halifax Public Libraries.
Virginia WIFI Hotspot Locations – With the help of local officials, schools, and libraries across Virginia, the Commonwealth Connect team and Virginia Tech have developed an interactive map of free, publicly available WIFI hotspots that Virginians can access from a vehicle. If you see any free public WIFI hotspots missing or listed incorrectly, please email – email@example.com.