In a perfect world, technology would just work, and no one would be trying to break into your systems to steal your information. Unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, and when it comes to IT, businesses need to be vigilant about how they handle things.
Proper systems and protocols need to be established, hardware needs to be upgraded, software/firmware needs to be updated, etc.
With so much going at once, it can be a lot to keep track of. If businesses operate under a false sense of security, important elements can be overlooked. What areas of IT might you be overlooking?
The most common IT oversights we see....
A standard firewall and some basic antivirus might be enough to keep your home computer safe, but businesses need more protection. Additional tools, such as next generation firewalls and SD-Wan, have become commonplace for business today.
On top of that, proper security protocols, such as two-factor authentication and strong password requirements, should be the standard for your login accounts.
Lack of Employee Training and Restrictions
Human error is one of the most common causes of security breaches. While it can stem from absent mindedness or even malicious intent, it’s often because employees simply don’t know any better. Every employee should be trained on how to properly utilize the technology in your business. They need to be educated on potential threats as well because many attacks, such as ransomware, often target employees directly.
Once again, your employees should be required to use strong passwords.
Unprepared for Disaster
Though backups are critical, they’re not enough. When it comes to protecting your data and keeping your systems running, you need to prepare for the worst. This is where a disaster recovery plan comes into play.
A disaster recovery plan is an on-going, step-by-step process that accounts for potential scenarios that threaten your business. It is your business’s map to lead you out of otherwise catastrophic situations. Creating a disaster recovery plan is about assessing risks, prioritizing action steps, and assigning responsibilities.
If you fall under any compliance standards, there are likely some specific requirements you’ll have to follow when creating your disaster recovery plan.
Trying to Do Everything Yourself
IT is a constantly evolving and ever-growing department. Hardware advances, best practices change, threats adapt, etc. To stay on top of things, you need to always be learning and adjusting. Even large businesses with a full IT staff can become overwhelming with ongoing maintenance and monitoring.
The good news is, you don’t have to internalize all of your IT needs. A third-party IT company can help bring the fresh perspective and industry knowledge you need to find and fix oversights in your company.
At DataYard, we provide a variety of IT services to elevate your business to place where it should be. Whether you need support for an existing IT team, or you need us to act as your personal IT department, we have you covered.
Our IT consultants in Dayton, Ohio can provide in-depth analysis to directly address potential shortcomings in your current network and work with you to develop and implement strategy to correct them in a timely manner.
For all of your IT needs, contact DataYard today!