5 IT Problems to Avoid in 2017
Here are 5 common mistakes that often lead to much larger problems
1. Failing to back up your files
Regular backups keep your documents, files, databases, e-mail, images, etc. protected in the event of a system failure. There’s so many different ways you can lose data – from hard drive failure to physical damage, to viruses and theft. To avoid lost data, make sure your organization has a backup solution that protects critical data and functions. Using the 3-2-1 backup rule is a great place to start. This means always having at least 3 copies of your data, 2 of which are local and on different mediums and 1 copy that is stored offsite.
2. Not using secure passwords
As a business owner or decision maker in your organization, you should consider implementing a password policy. While users might find it a hassle, it’s far less inconvenient than dealing with a network security or data breach. Simple first steps include resetting all your passwords periodically. The longer you keep the same password; the more time an attacker has to access it. When was the last time you changed your passwords?
3. Lack of a BYOD policy
A BYOD policy protects your organization’s network when employees access it on their personal devices. When you allow your staff to work on their personal devices, including phones, tablets, and laptops, it’s important to make sure that each device is password protected. Also, ensuring there is an automatic lock code or timeout function and using Mobile Device Management technology is very important. There’s no one size fits all approach when it comes to BYOD policies and that’s why it’s important to work with a professional to design a policy and security plan that will meet the security standards of the company and still give workers the flexibility they need.
4. Not protecting yourself from internet threats
A Cloud based security platform is your first line of defense against malicious destinations on the internet, blocking malware, phishing, and other threats. Cloud security platforms provide powerful, effective security that can deploy in minutes. It’s important to have Cloud based internet security because it can block threats before they even reach your users. It’s a very easy and inexpensive way to protect your users and it adds one more layer of protection.
5. Not knowing who to call
Many companies are lucky enough to have IT staff, but sometimes problems can arise that require additional resources and knowledge. That’s where we come in; we can act as your IT department, an extension of your IT department, or as needed. We’re here to be a resource to your organization and to make sure your systems are running as efficient as possible so you can get back to what’s important – your business.
If you have any questions, are looking for additional information, or would like to discuss your security plan for 2017, please reach out to our sales team or give us a call at 616.837.6930.