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Are you cutting corners with your IT systems?

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Technology has simplified many things. So much so, that in the corporate realm, tasks that used to take a team of people weeks to complete can now be done in a few keystrokes.  Technology has also provided a new generation of users that completely understand how easy or automated some of these tasks can be, yet they lack a full understanding of the security implications of what they are doing.

I've said it before, and I'll keep repeating it because it so important.

Unless you've specifically hired an IT company to handle all of your IT infrastructure,  you should never expect an employee you've hired for sales or marketing, or any other role to be versed in the endless security vulnerabilities that accompany technological advancements. It's just not logical.

I'll never be great at snow skiing. I'd say I'm "OK" at it, I can handle a blue slope and a moderate black slope, but I only get to go skiing once every few years. So for me to say I'm ready to take on the Winter Olympics is ridiculous. I don't get to ski everyday, and I am not up to speed on new techniques and I am definitely not actively training on a ski slope, so why would I dare to think that I'm ready to tackle that level of competition?

To be truly effective and secure, your IT requires the same level of investment from you. And not just capital resources, it also requires time, attention, and someone dedicated to keeping up with evolving threats. Everywhere you look, small to midsize business owners are not only failing to realize the full potential of their technology, but are also unwittingly leaving massive gaps in their systems and processes for malicious entities to exploit.

Maybe you say that you don’t have the time or money to address the issue, or that you’ll do it down the road once your business is better established. Or maybe you still think that if it's "not broke we don't need fix it" so your 7 year old router is still just fine. The problem is, technology doesn't wait for you, nor will hackers. They are not constrained by your timeline, as a matter of fact they thrive off of your procrastination or lack of understanding. No matter how big or small your business may be, that's just how it is.

The 2 things you can't afford to skimp on are:

1. SECURITY

Think of it this way: would you hire a $5 locksmith to secure your office? Of course not. Then why do so many business owners put their livelihood behind a flimsy, $5 firewall – or, even worse, a free antivirus? It is now more likely that your business will fall victim to a cyber-attack than a physical break-in.

In 2015, SEC Commissioner Luis A. Aguilar wrote, “Cyber security is clearly a concern that the entire business community shares, but it represents an especially pernicious threat to smaller businesses. The reason is simple: small and midsize businesses are not just targets of cybercrime; they are the principal targets.” With this in mind, cyber security should always be one of your top priorities.

2. TECH SUPPORT THAT GOES BEYOND THE “BREAK-FIX” APPROACH

It’s difficult to overestimate the money, time and stress it can cost when your technology breaks down. Between server downtime, software issues, connectivity outages and myriad other potential problems, when your stuff breaks, it can cause more than just a massive headache.

Yet still most business owners opt for the classic “break-fix” strategy. Unfortunately, “If it ain’t broke…” is a dangerous maxim by which to steer a ship. If you wait to address a problem until after it becomes an issue, you’re inviting a crisis into the equation that could easily have been avoided.

When your server fails, or your network experiences some other unforeseen issue, an unfamiliar break-fix technician will take longer to fix the issue than an expert who’s been working with your specific network from start to finish and already knows it inside out.

It’s just not worth it.

In addition, a good proactive managed service provider will be keeping tabs on your technology at all times. They should be consistently making reasonable recommendations to keep your company up and running and ahead of the game. Whether it be a small upgrade to software here, a patch there, or an overhaul of your server system, making these moves with your trusted IT advisor can prove to be invaluable. Their goal should be to keep you from costly downtime and outages in the long run.

By partnering with Computek, you will be leveraging some of the industries top technology. We have the experience to help you and your business do amazing things. Partner with our team of IT professionals who are actively invested in your success and confidently behind your company into 2019.

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