Unfortunately, some companies cross their fingers when it comes to IT solutions. They put minimal security measures in place and hope for the best, putting their employees and clients—and their business as a whole—at risk.
But there’s a reason IT solutions are called solutions: They can help organizations to achieve business goals, all while protecting their data and assets. Instead of approaching IT from a reactive standpoint (putting new measures in place when problems arise), it’s a better idea for companies to use strategic techniques and figure out the best way that IT solutions can serve their overarching objectives.
Improve or upgrade your IT infrastructure
Work with experts to understand how IT solutions can serve your goals
You might understand that IT solutions can help your business level up, but you might not know exactly what to do or how to do it. That’s where experts, such as those at Business Network Consulting (BNC), can save the day.
Technology experts from BNC ask the right questions to get to know your company, so you can make good decisions as you design a long-term IT strategy for your business. BNC provides Dallas IT services and Austin IT services.
Prepare for disaster
Data loss could occur because of any number of reasons, including equipment failure, human error, and natural disaster.
No one likes to think about the possibility of catastrophe, but responsible company leaders need to contemplate worst case scenarios and put safeguards in place in case disaster does strike. BNC has worked with organizations to ensure that their data is secure – and that they can remain up and running – even if a problem occurs.
Disaster preparation could include strategies such as file recovery, employee training programs, and top-level security. Your BNC consultant can help you determine what you need to do.
Think about use and training
To decrease the probability of an employee inadvertently opening your organization to cyberattacks or jeopardizing your data through error, it’s a good idea to create policies and train users to make good decisions.
First, create good computer acceptable use policies. Acceptable use policies outline how your business network or system can and cannot be used. Often, these policies include a code of conduct, which details the ways in which users should behave and limits them from engaging in activities that could make the company vulnerable to malicious attacks or legal action.
Security awareness training educates users about cyber-threats that may exist and how to avoid making choices that could result in data breaches or other losses. This kind of training should be tailored to the type of work that your employees do and should be updated regularly because hackers are constantly changing tactics.
Consider ramping up security
Ransomware is a common problem that companies face. When a hacker gains access to your network, seizes and locks files, then demands money for you to regain access to them, you’ve become a victim of ransomware. That sounds scary, but there are ways in which you can safeguard your data from ransomware.
One way to increase security is through multi-factor authentication for access to proprietary information. These tools ask for more than one piece of information in order to access programs or apps. Users may need to provide a password, but also an authentication code sent to their mobile or an email address, for example.
Facilitate safe collaboration
Many workers are not in their usual physical office spaces right now, but that doesn’t mean the demands of their jobs have changed. Collaboration between workers is still necessary. To keep those projects safe, consider using security-hardened collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Teams and Egnyte.
These are but a few examples of what aligning your business strategy with IT can do to propel your organization toward increased success. Contact BNC offices in Dallas, Denver, and Austin to set up your free consultation.