It’s easy to skip on budgeting for IT in order to control expenses because it is so difficult to see the whole picture. Do you really know what’s happening inside your network? Are you sure you have all the right pieces in place to keep your company on track?
Educate yourself to stay competitive.
Most of the time business owners do not really watch their network or know what’s going on within it. They do not stay on top of routine and preventative maintenance. When you run a business it is important to keep track of everything going on in your computers and make sure your network is safe. Otherwise, you may be caught off-guard when your systems are attacked with a computer virus, malware, or ransomware.
What to look for inside your network.
There are so many things to worry about when evaluating IT needs, but really it all comes down to this: is your technology available, scalable, efficient, and safe? Employ someone with the knowledge to help you stay on top of all of these needs. Here are just a few quick questions to help you review your systems. If you can’t answer “yes” to each one, it’s time to get some help with your technology needs:
- Is all of your hardware and software up-to-date?
- Is your firewall updated and properly configured?
- Are your systems regularly scanned to make sure you do not have any viruses, malware, or spyware?
- Is all your data backed up regularly offsite and available to restore when you need it?
It’s tough to stay on top of all of these things.
If you don’t have time to do it yourself, hire a tech team to monitor your systems and come onsite for regular maintenance and repairs. We understand, like many businesses, you may be trying to operate on a tight budget. However, when it comes to data protection and security, that is just not enough these days. There are really no corners to cut. You are either monitoring, updating, securing, and backing up… Or you’re not! Don’t wait until an attack or break down happens to react.
Educate yourself and be proactive about your IT needs. Take a look at these three areas to consider to protect your organization.
1. Leverage managed services.
I know this is the sales pitch here, but it’s so true in every area of business. As a business owner, you’re wearing so many hats and it’s difficult to remember the depth and breadth of each part of your company. So, like most business owners, you hire professionals to manage the day-to-day and you oversee their work. IT should be no different. Leverage a team of IT professionals to manage your network and use their talents and knowledge to secure and grow your business.
2. Implement standard security measures to ensure your company is safe.
This goes hand-in-hand with the first point. Security is of the upmost importance with regard to IT management. As a matter of fact, I would say it is truly the basis of all your technology needs. Think about it… any time you put a new piece of technology (software or hardware) in place, what is the first thing you need to do? Be sure it is safe for your company to use. Put a standard security platform in place that includes a firewall, antivirus, regular monitoring, backups, and scheduled updates so you know without a doubt your company is safe.
3. Monitor regularly and update often.
I cannot say this enough. Monitoring your network to keep an eye on the activity is critical these days. Nasty little infections can creep in at any moment and live in the background without ever truly halting your work. Attackers are highly skilled at covering their tracks so regular users going about their daily tasks cannot detect them. They just lay low and absorb your data.
What’s the first step?
Oh, I am so glad you asked. Ok, well you really didn’t but, I’m sure you want to know. The first step is to get a clear picture of what is really going on within your network and we’ve got the perfect solution. Give us a call today for your FREE Network Security Assessment and we will review your entire network. This assessment takes only a few hours of your time, but the results may be a lifesaver for your company. We will show you a full picture of your internal network and give you our best suggestions to protect your company data and improve your technology.
So, what are you waiting for?
Don’t wait until you’re in crisis mode. Educate yourself on the in’s and out’s of your network. Give yourself an edge on your competition. Your customers are happy to go to your competition when you’re company is down for any reason. Call today!