GoVanguard COVID-19 Resources! Contact us for access to the Freebies mentioned below.
COVID-19 has swept the planet and exposed a few major flaws in the United States’ domestic supply chain. One of the clear shortcomings is the supply of n95 masks and other critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). While masks are the most obvious shortfall during this pandemic, there are also reports of a shortage of face shields and body coverings, as well as more complex tools like hospital ventilators. Since the shortage most heavily impacts nurses, doctors and other critical ER staff, governments have stepped in to manage the allocation of PPE supplies. Meanwhile companies like 3M, Ford and Dyson are ramping up emergency manufacturing procedures to meet medical demand.
While the medical use of PPE for sick patients and hospital staff is critical, it ignores a crucial aspect of fighting the pandemic: prevention!
People still need to venture out to buy food and supplies, and there are a lot of people still working in essential business functions – many of which are still making regular contact with other people. With the shortages prioritizing medical professionals and the sick, something needed to be done to prevent the spread of COVID-19 among the general public.
GoVanguard President Christian Scott went to work on a solution. He took it upon himself to find a viable face mask design and remix it to suit the specific needs of the COVID-19 pandemic. Most notably, his design focused on safe and easy changing of the particle filtration media, so that the virus does not have to be touched while the equipment is being replaced or cleaned. After some testing with friends and family, he released it to the open source community for people to 3D print in their own homes! CLICK FOR MASK FILE
During testing, he received some feedback about other overlooked needs in the community.
Obviously, not everyone has a 3D printer, and many people have other needs besides respiratory masks. Christian and the team at GoVanguard went to work curating an open source repository of resources so that people can help protect themselves and learn to be a resource in their communities!
The GoVanguard COVID-19 DIY Resources Repository was created to provide links to simple resources including sewing patterns, decontamination methods and some group resources for people who want to have deeper conversations. There are even tools available for people to make their own ventilators or repurpose parts to have a single ventilator save multiple lives at one time and videos to demonstrate useful techniques! CLICK FOR RESOURCES
Another thing to consider during the pandemic is the remote workforce. Many people have been laid off or sent to work from home. Small and mid-sized business have been given some vague timelines for bailout money or access to special loans from the SBA. However, some of those things require more time than some businesses have to wait.
In order to help alleviate some of those economic pressures, GoVanguard created a list of ways to mitigate risk, and we are offering our own stimulus:
- We are waiving our incident response retainer. Malicious actors are on the prowl, and companies need to act quickly to respond to incidents. For the foreseeable future, we are waiving our fee, and moving to a zero dollar retainer.
- As a Tier 1 Microsoft CSP & Gold Partner we have negotiated the right to offer a six month Office 365 E1 trial for free to relieve some stress on your remote workforce!
At GoVanguard, we recommend a systematic approach to information security. Carefully and simply implemented security protocols can minimize the risk of exposure to data breaches and the penalties the proceed them. In order to successfully navigate data security protocols during this period of global pandemic, compliance protocols must be in place. That is why we have a rigorous cybersecurity risk assessment and program implementation regimen in place!
Reach out to us today and see how easy it is to take control of your security and keep your data secure.