FIVE TOP TIPS FOR KEEPING YOUR BUSINESS SAFE
Education, education, education
Like an old familiar election promise, our top tip is ‘Education, education, education’. Make sure you and your employees get good advice, and follow it. Take time to read this government leaflet before your next management meeting. As it is independent advice, you won’t need your ‘sales-spin’ filter when reading it.
And don’t isolate this knowledge to just one specialist or department. Just as all computer users need to understand their role in protecting your network, so much more do the whole management team need to understand the risks or threats, as well as the types of protection available.
The next most critical step to safety is: run those updates/ install those patches.
Get your ducks in a row
Is there any excuse now for any company not to have sorted their IT security? Well, yes. There are excuses. First, it’s an ever-changing landscape so a solution that was right for your business 18 months ago, might not be appropriate now. Secondly, life is super busy and budgets are tight. How many of us are so busy getting by, that we can’t stop to plan? Can’t face another expense?
Remember that there is also a cost to not preparing for IT failure.
There are a range of solutions available. Just because you can’t afford the high-end solution, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t investigate other options. If you can’t justify the expense of server duplication, you can definitely afford a good reliable back-up that could see you working again super-fast. Just don’t put it off any longer – and review regularly.
PPC – prevention, protection and continuity
As easy as 1, 2, 3, as simple as A, B, C – for IT security think P, P, C:
Just as in the first point above, the key to prevention is education. But you can back this up with screening – you can
And, should the worst happen, you need a plan to get working again as fast as possible. There are multiple options here. These range from, at the most-simple, a good reliable (and regularly tested!) backup, through to hot-standby duplicate servers that are ready to run within minutes of system failure.
Coincidentally, and sticking with the letter ‘c’, you should contemplate the Cloud in your continuity considerations. Cloud service providers (Microsoft, Google, Amazon, etc) have access to security and continuity budgets that SMEs can only dream of.
Keep doing what you do best
This fifth, and final, tip is to free yourself to concentrate on what you do best – the core of your business. You can increase your resilience and flexibility by buying in expertise – either short term for specific projects, or long-term, for on-going support.
Let’s not forget that this should not conflict with, or replace, education (point number 1 above). You and your managers, or decision-makers, need to be able to judge the correct solutions for your business, but that doesn’t mean you need to set them up or maintain them yourselves.
After all, technology, when it works well, helps you to work better, smarter and faster.
And that is our aim. Feel free to contact SITOC for advice on any business technology need.