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 rachel.reynolds@ialr.org


TELEWORK

SANS Security Awareness Deployment Guide: Working from HomeThis 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

Newly Remote Workforce? Take These 4 Cybersecurity Steps Now

The Virginia Information Technologies Agency (VITA)  Telework Resources

NIST: Telework Security Basics

COVID-19 and Computer Security, Part 1: Telecommuting Risks  |  COVID-19 and Computer Security, Part 2: Shoring Up Systems for Remote Workers

Forbes: Navigating The New Normal: Addressing Employee Experience During COVID-19

SHRM: Coronavirus and Teleworking: Tips for Preparing Your Workforce  

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.

SPTC: Delivering Productive Online Meetings – Recorded Webinar


BUSINESS

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.

*NEW Virginia SBDC Recovery Resources for Small Businesses​– Resources for businesses on reopening and recovery.

*NEW U.S. Chamber of Commerce: Coronavirus Small Business Guide –complete coronavirus coverage, updated daily with new resources to assist you and your business. 


Telehealth

Sovah Physician Practices – Sovah Physician Practices has added telemedicine to many of its’ offices in specialties that are listed here.

Sovah Health Coronavirus (COVID-19) Preparedness Information – Resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the Virginia Department of Health.


TECHNOLOGY

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


EDUCATION

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 OnlineWith 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

FORBES: Free Software That Businesses, Schools And Others Can Use During The COVID-19 Crisis

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.


CONNECTIVITY
List of available hotspots and internet service offerings

Patrick Henry Community College turns parking lots into WiFi hotspots

New College Institute in Martinsville is providing free wifi access

Pittsylvania County Wi-Fi Hotspots Increased

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

RiverStreet Networks is teaming up with local businesses to provide free WiFi hotspots in Danville and Pittsylvania County for students, educators, and employees who may not have connectivity while at home.

  • RiverStreet Networks Office | 165 Deer Run Rd, Danville, VA 24540
  • GTG (Danville MSAP) | 230 S. Ridge Street, Danville, VA 24541
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School/Church | 540 Central Blvd, Danville, VA 24541
  • SoVAH Health PRMC 1 (Suite B) | 125 Executive Drive, Danville VA 24541
  • Mount Herman Public Library | 4058 Franklin Turnpike, Danville VA 24540
  • Renan Volunteer Fire Dept | 405 Straightstone Rd, Gretna, VA 24557
  • Gretna Town Parking Lot | 105 Center Street, Gretna, VA 24557
  • Hurt Town Hall | 533 Pocket Rd, Hurt, VA 24563
  • Cool Branch Vol Fire Dept | 3016 Smith Mt Rd Penhook, VA 24137

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 – commonwealthconnect@virginia.governor.gov.

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