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Wednesday 25 March 2020

Coronavirus employee update for Wednesday 25 March 2020.

Staying secure while working from home

As more of us than ever before are working from home, we need to be extra vigilant against cyber criminals exploiting the coronavirus outbreak.

Watch out for bogus emails with links claiming to have important updates, which once clicked on lead to devices being infected.

Please continue to follow our information security guidance.

What you can do:

Avoid unsecured wifi networks and routers

If you are connecting to your home wifi it must be password protected. If you can connect directly with a network cable that is even better.

Keep work and personal separate

While working remotely, don’t let security slip through the net. It’s tempting to read the latest news, check personal email and see how your friends and relatives are doing on social media, but all this activity on a work device makes it more likely that you will fall prey to a cyber attack.

Be cyber aware when working from home

Look out for misspelled websites and email addresses. Never click a link in an email that you weren’t expecting and if you accidentally do, please let the Service Desk know immediately.

Keep your passwords secure, lock your screens and secure documents. If you make a mistake, continue reporting security incidents.

Volunteer survey

Thank you to those of you who have completed our survey - we’ve had 800 responses so far.

The survey aims to capture details of your skills, experience and availability to work so that we are able to redeploy you in to the right roles to support our services during the pandemic.

It will also help us to understand how you could provide support on a voluntary basis if needed.

We’d like as many people as possible to fill the survey in which is why we’ve extended the deadline.

Please complete the volunteer survey by 5pm on Friday 27 March 2020 to enable us to make the best use of resources to support our communities and prioritise critical services.

 If you cannot complete it electronically, you can request a paper copy from your manager. Please return paper copies to Occupational Health, County Hall, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG or if you are able to scan it and email:

Keep us updated

We've created a new section on our website to keep people updated with changes to our services, such as the temporary closure of adult education centres and recycling centres. 

You can help us to make sure this is as up-to-date as possible by letting us know if any of your services have closed or altered during the coronavirus pandemic.