What a network failure really means
Without sounding like a gloom monger, as the owner of a small to medium-size business (SMB) you’ll agree that killing your business alive and kicking can be challenging, even on a good day. What about the not so good days? What happens when your IT network crashes and you face downtime of several hours or perhaps days?
For SMBs, a downed network often spells disaster. Employees become frustrated when they are unable to access the critical data necessary for smooth business operations. Clients become disgruntled when they find your website down or cannot get onto your extranet. Then there is the financial loss. According to Information Technology Intelligence Consulting (ITIC), a Boston based research and consulting firm, 98% of businesses confirm that a single hour of downtime costs in excess of $100, 000 or £ 72,000. Larger enterprises claim that one hour of downtime can result in a loss of £1,000,000 or more. Losses of this magnitude may mean bankruptcy for some SMBs. Bearing these statistics in mind, can you honestly afford to be offline? Continue reading
Lose track of subscription renewals
All businesses rely on a web presence consisting of at least one domain, encrypted connections for secure transactions and email. Services such as SSL certificates, public domain & DNS management and various software subscriptions, all need to be renewed regularly. Most are critical to the smooth running of your business.
Although services have update reminder facilities, they are often purchased using an email address of someone in your organisation. If that person leaves and the email address is not functional, you will not get any reminders. It’s, therefore, a good idea to route all renewals to a group email address so that more than one person receives the notification.
Additionally, you can set the services to renew automatically when they expire. It’s also worth having a reminder system in place and always ensure that your payment information is current. I would set up standing orders or a direct debit – so that you don’t have to worry about an expired credit card. Continue reading
In the IT world today, cloud computing is nothing new. But predictions are made that the personal cloud, the place where you store all your ‘private’ content, will completely replace local data storage on PCs. Personal cloud includes Google Drive and OneDrive from Microsoft. By the same token, enterprise will increasingly shift their storage of data and applications to cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services or Microsoft Azure.
Some say that the cloud is to become the ‘glue’ that connects us to a web of devices and information. But how did we end up on the cloud? Let’s take a look at some of the standout moments in the timeline history of the cloud. Continue reading
Hackers are fond of IT and not in the same way that you and your engineers are. Using sophisticated coding, scams and phishing they can potentially access your IT infrastructure on the hunt for one thing: data. Stealing and selling on sensitive personal information is a lucrative trade for cybercriminals. Mobile numbers, email addresses, bank details and login credentials are targeted which are then sold to marketing platforms, offered to malicious websites and monetised to credit card fraud. Hackers are good at the game they play and you don’t want them to win. Continue reading
For any enterprise the practice of BYOD is fast becoming a necessity, not a luxury. Companies that apply BYOD, or Bring-Your-Own-Device, to their operations experience enhanced levels of productivity. When employees are allowed to use personal smartphones and laptops for work, research shows that they are more content and efficient when accessing technologies with which they are familiar. BYOD has become an unavoidable strategy to device management that promotes flexibility and mobility.
In this article you can examine the essential benefits of BYOD and some of the issues raised by this MO. You can also explore the relationship between data protection and BYOD in the context of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Continue reading