COVID-19 – Checklist for Reopening the Workplace After COVID-19

As countries and cities begin to look at easing lockdown restrictions, this checklist for reopening businesses can help you jumpstart your return.

You and your employees have been quarantined in your homes for the past few days weeks months, and now authorities are looking to lift restrictions and open up. You may be thinking, “We’ll be back soon, and I can get out of this house!” The problem is, if you just pick up and go, and don’t prepare for having people back in the workplace, you may run into issues that could have been easily avoided. Now is the time to prepare.

This checklist is not meant to be an exhaustive list, but it can help provide guidance as you look to reopen. It’s organised into four sections: People, Workplace, Technology, and Your Customers. Everyone’s situation is unique, but evaluating your plan with these components in mind can help you get organised and anticipate obstacles.





Microsoft Teams brings together the full breadth and depth of Office 365, to provide a true chat-based hub for teamwork and give businesses the opportunity to create a more open, fluid, and digital environment. Microsoft Teams is built on existing Microsoft technologies woven together by Office 365 Groups.

Out of the box, Teams leverages identities stored in Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) and integrates with the other services within Office 365, to create a SharePoint online site and an Exchange Online group mailbox for each team created.

The Teams persistent chat capability is provided by a chat service that interacts with the Office 365 substrate, surfacing many of the built-in Office 365 capabilities, such as archiving and eDiscovery to the data being exchanged in Teams.

Teams also provides a calling and meetings experience that is built on the next generation cloud-based infrastructure that is also used by Skype and Skype for Business. These technology investments include Azure-based cloud services for media processing and signaling, H.264 video codec, SILK and Opus audio codec, network resiliency, telemetry, and quality diagnostics.

To extend Teams capabilities, use Connectors, Tabs, and Bots – available as apps, to bring external information, content, and intelligent bot interactions to Teams.

Microsoft Teams and Office 365

Different groups have various needs, based on their functional role and workstyle. Office 365 is designed for the unique workstyle of every group and includes purpose-built, integrated applications, including:

  • Outlook for enterprise-grade email, now with groups functionality
  • SharePoint for sites and portals, intelligent content services, business process automation and enterprise search
  • Yammer for driving company-wide connections
  • Skype for Business as the backbone for enterprise voice and video
  • And now, Microsoft Teams, the new chat-based workspace in Office 365


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Phishing: what is it and how can you prevent it?


Cybercrime can hit anyone, just ask John Kahibetzer the founder of Twynam Agricultural group, who is on the Forbes list of 50 richest Australians. Unlike may more complex cybercrime attacks that involve hacking, ransomware or spyware, Mr Kahibetzer was the victim of robbery via simple deception. Based on reports of the case, here is a summary of what happened: 

Mr Kahlbetzer’s assistant received an email instructing her to transfer $1 million to the bank account of Mr David Aldridge which appeared to have come from the millionaire. Apparently, this was a “reasonably normal” request from the Mr Kahlbetzer to his assistant and as such she immediately made the funds transfer.  

In court, Mr Kahlbetzer’s assistant admitted that with hindsight, that the email was not written in “perfect English” but she hadn’t considered this to be an issue as it appeared that Mr Kahlbetzer may have been emailing whilst in a rush. 

Perhaps if Mr Kahlbetzer’s assistant had noticed that the email was not written in “perfect english” at the time, she may have also noticed that there was an irregularity in Mr Kahlbetzer’s email address. Mr Aldridge had simply created an email address that was almost identical to Mr Kahlbertzer’s actual email address. He then sent the email to the assistant requesting the funds transfer and the rest is now trying to be resolved in the courts. 

This type of cybercrime, also known as ‘whaling’, targets high value individuals such as CEO’s. Using simple, plain text emails with no attachments or links, allows these types of emails to get through traditional antivirus and spam solutions used by most businesses. This is why cybercriminals are increasingly using these types of attacks, added to the fact that the skills required to pull it off are very basic and the potential rewards can be very high.  

Cybercrime is a real business threat to every single Australian business and if you are not being proactive then the likelihood that you will be impacted is high. Minimizing your business risk starts with you and your team. Awareness at the front line is key to any security strategy. Creating awareness within your team, as well as ongoing training and testing helps to minimize attacks such as the one suffered by Mr Kahlbertzer. Get in touch to find out just how easy it is to help secure your business.