Six Ways Cloud Can Increase Your Risk Every day, more businesses are looking to the cloud because it delivers cost-effective productivity, collaboration, efficiency and more. But, even as its popularity continues to grow, the Cloud Security Alliance warns that businesses that embrace the cloud without fully understanding the environment and its associated risks are more likely to encounter a myriad of commercial, financial, technical, legal and compliance risks. Here are the top six cloud computing threats you could face: Data Breaches The vast amount of data stored on cloud servers makes for an attractive target. We’ve all heard about personal financial information breaches but those involving health information, trade secrets and intellectual property can be even more devastating.
How much of your day is consumed with worrying about the next IT outage? When your technology isn’t working, your people aren’t productive, sales aren’t closing, customers aren’t being serviced and products aren’t being delivered.
It Costs You More Than Sleepless Nights.
Downtime, or even the occasional hiccup, isn’t just frustrating, it’s expensive. On average, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) lose up to $8,000 each month due to downtime. Who wouldn’t lose sleep with that kind of hit to the bottom line?
What’s Your Ideal IT Scenario?
What would it be like to offload all of your IT tasks and worries to an expert? Someone you had complete confidence in to keep all of your technology up-to-date, secure, available and running at peak performance. Even make sure you’re prepared in the event of a disaster.
Consider Managed Services.
Cloud computing is officially a common term. More and more small and medium-sized businesses are looking to cloud because it offers IT cost reduction, flexibility, collaboration, higher productivity and collaboration. With cloud, you have the ability to gain a competitive edge by raking in the benefits of an enterprise-class IT infrastructure and the latest versions of software applications at a low cost. Streamline Your Business With Office 365 Office 365 is all about communication and collaboration that can happen anywhere at any time. Today, business is not always conducted in an office. Your team is continuously on the go, which means they need to securely access company documents and data to stay productive and on top of business. Office 365 matched with a reliable managed service provider (MSP), simply betters your business. Keep Costs Low: With Office 365, you only pay for a subscriber fee based on the number of users.
World Backup Day comes around every year on March 31. This day prompts us to be aware that our data is not safe. It’s a reminder that at any given moment a disaster can strike – in the form of bad weather, a hacker or even human error – and all your critical business files and information could be instantly gone. The Strategic Research Institute states that companies that are unable to resume operations within 10 days of a disaster hitting are not likely to survive. In the event of such a data disaster would you? When it comes to protecting your business, there are two different plans that could be put in place:
Sometimes, there comes a point when it’s simply time to move on. Things are just not like they once were. Your business has matured, and you now have new business needs that must be met. Change never comes easy. But if switching to another Managed Service Provider (MSP) will benefit your business, then maybe that’s a great option and the new direction you must take. However, before you take that leap, you need to evaluate where you are and how you want to grow. Consider the following:
2015 has come to a close. You’re now tying up loose ends to launch into a successful 2016. Likely, you’re still reviewing last year to discover business successes you can repeat and areas that need improvement. Also consider this for a moment: How much time did you spend using technology, struggling with it, and maybe being hampered by IT? Wouldn’t you like to reduce the stress IT woes have on your team’s energy and morale?
Even if you've avoided major IT challenges, you're still probably dealing with everyday hassles like software upgrades, security patches and pesky pop-ups. These big and little issues can wear you down. And if IT isn't your job, you might want more time to focus on what makes your business function and succeed. Worry-free IT managed by IT service experts is the solution to these technology challenges. Outsourcing your IT management to a managed services provider (MSP) has been shown to:
Q. What do you give someone running their own business during the holiday season?
A. A break.
Sound familiar? You’re running your own business. You’re putting everything into it. You rarely have time off. What you really can use is … a break. But that could mean closing down or leaving all the critical business system challenges to someone else.
All your employees expect to be away over the holiday season, but you still have important systems and key processes to keep running. Who will monitor and maintain them if nobody is onsite? How can you and your staff enjoy that much needed break to recharge your batteries with the peace of mind knowing that everything is under control and secure?
Every business needs PCs, servers, printers, network gear, data security hardware or software. Fortunately, Section 179 of the IRS tax code lets small businesses better manage their IT budgets. They can write off the entire cost of computer equipment and off-the-shelf software purchased and put in use before December 31, 2015. 179 Recap Most people think the Section 179 deduction is some mysterious or complicated tax code. It really isn’t.
When it comes to your business’s hardware and software, it pays dividends to be proactive instead of reactive. The end game is to eliminate downtime, unplanned expenses and improve productivity. However, many businesses squeeze as much life from their technology assets as possible. The downside can be unexpected expenses and headaches as equipment inevitably breaks down and becomes obsolete over time. Which begs the question: does your business have a plan for lifecycle management? While many businesses leave their technology asset management to chance, experts say you can get more value from your IT by planning ahead. Here's a look at how. What Is Lifecycle Management? Today’s business has many types of equipment and software under one roof. They include servers, desktops, laptops, tablets and mobile phones; operating systems, CRMs and all kinds of business applications. These hardware and software assets need to be acquired, managed and eventually retired.
The dangers of gambling with unsupported & unsecure software
When it comes to continued use of outdated software, are you putting your business in danger of losing vital data and information? Is your business a ticking time bomb ready to explode into a potential abyss of bankruptcy and going “out of business”?
If your business’s operating system software is well known for being out-of-date and unsecure, the answer is unequivocally yes. That circumstance for many has already come and gone in regard to Windows XP (retired April 8, 2014) and Windows Server 2003 (expired July 14, 2015).
If you’re still using either Windows operating system as the foundation for much of your business operations, you might as well spin the wheel and hope for the best. You don’t want to gamble the future of your business on a roulette wheel.