Protect Your Business and Reduce IT Costs
Small businesses are the lifeblood of America. We work harder and run faster than the rest. It is also true that some of today's small companies will be tomorrow's corporate giants. It is through ingenuity, hard work, and a start-up spirit that these businesses can transform industries.
Another staple of small business is employees wearing multiple hats. For example, the person that processes accounts payable might also take care of accounts receivable. At the same time, it isn't uncommon to consider leveraging the computer savvy professional that runs facilities to help in IT management. Maybe your company doesn't need cutting-edge information technology (IT) architecture. Perhaps you have 100 or 300 employees that use desktops or only access their email through personal smartphones. What's the worst that could happen? The network is down for a few hours, right? Unfortunately, that's the best challenge you could confront. Network outages, lost data, compliance issues, data theft, hackers – the list of severe risks is only growing.
Businesses today are using the internet in powerful new ways to reach the market, increase productivity and even perform basic operations. Accounting systems connect to banks. Customers are accustomed to receiving (at a minimum) electronic communications from their suppliers. Employees need to digitally work with vendors, partners, customers, and peers to exchange files and make things happen. When the network is down, productivity grinds to a halt. When you are out of compliance with regulations or hit by a cyber attack, the ramifications are much more significant. Lose your business data and your ability to recover becomes an 'if' rather than 'when.'
Before you decide to add IT management to someone's job, consider these five common risk factors that only experience can protect against.
- Compliance: HIPPA, Sarbanes-Oxley, FISMA, FERPA, PCI, GLBA … these regulations can be an acronym headache. It isn’t always as easy as checking a box. Compliance often requires gathering data. Not to mention, regulations are changing rapidly.
- Backups: Most businesses tend not to think about backups until they need the data. If you were to lose your data in the event of a natural disaster or cyberattack, how do you ensure that recovery is easy? Can you be sure you won't lose any data? Managing backups is an ongoing, daily task that can be difficult and time-consuming. If you do not have a regular, managed backup solution, you're risking a complete loss in the event your data becomes compromised.
- Warranties: With competing priorities and never enough time, managing the warranty information on your IT infrastructure is often the last item on the list. Unfortunately, if you never get to it, your equipment fails, and your warranties have lapsed - you're basically out of luck.
- Security: The world of cybercrime continues to reach new heights. If you thought you were safe given your business size or industry, read our blog, “How to be Cyber Secure in 2019." The only thing that can prevent your business from being a victim is having appropriate measures in place that are regularly updated. If you miss even one day of updates, or your antivirus isn't working, you are putting your business at considerable risk!
- Threat Recognition: How do you recognize and identify a malicious network attack? On average, it takes 80 days for a company to discover that their network has been infected with a virus or ransomware. Think of the amount of damage that can be done in 80 days! It's essential that the proper methodologies are in place to detect network threats and the farther in advance, the better.
It is a lot to consider. And a driving factor in any decision on resources is always cost. This is when working with the right Managed IT Services provider can make all the difference. BlackPoint’s comprehensive range of Managed IT Services is designed to support your unique IT needs and manage your ongoing strategy while also reducing costs! We do this by partnering with best-in-class vendors, and by developing sustainable solutions based on best practices for ease of use and manageability. We also have one of the largest Northwest teams of certified, on-call engineers, and an experienced, tenured help desk.
If you are ready to explore how Managed IT Services improve and safeguard your operations, let’s take the first step and start with an assessment. You’ll not only learn how to you can create the best IT plan for your business, but also where you are vulnerable to a cyber-attack. Request an assessment today.