Security is the number two priority for small business IT.
Why is security the second most important thing for small business IT?
Because without proper security, your network and your data are at risk.
And the scariest thing about not having good security is that you might not even know that your network and data have been compromised. Hackers could already be inside your network, roaming through your data, using your property to hide out and launch attacks at other networks.
Doesn’t seem possible? Well, Madison Square Garden was hacked and credit card data was being captured and sent to thieves for almost a year before it was detected.
What if you found out that someone you didn’t know had broken into your house a year ago and was using your house, laying in your bed, wearing your clothes, eating your food, and going through your mail without you knowing it?
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Data loss prevention is the number one priority for small business IT.
What is “data loss prevention” and why is it so important?
Data loss prevention is the tools, technologies, and processes that you use to make sure that your business never loses any data it doesn’t want to.
Data loss does not just refer to the data going missing, it also includes things like: users deleting files they shouldn’t; data and files getting corrupted; writing bad data over your good data; hackers messing with your data; viruses, malware, and crypto-ware infecting your data; hard drives crashing; servers crashing; and any other situation that would result in the loss, destruction, corruption, degradation, or tampering of your data.
The reason it’s so important is …
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I believe small businesses should have a plan for their IT. There will be differences between businesses for obvious reasons, but in large part there are some common key elements that make up a good IT plan for all small businesses.
Here are the basics that a small business should have as part of their IT:
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One reason that small business IT is such a challenge is the expectations that business owners have of their IT people.
Many small businesses have 1 IT person. Sometimes that person is part-time or has other duties. Often, IT isn’t even their primary role but just something they just got thrust into because no one else wanted it and they seemed to be more comfortable with computers than most others in the office.
But running IT well for a business, even a small business, is complex.
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