Small businesses face a unique challenge when it comes to IT. The challenge is that there is no owners manual on how to build your own IT system – forget the countless other directions your business is pulling you. Building an IT system tailored to your needs could greatly benefit your business by improving speed, reliability and receiving data analysis.
The Big Three
Rapid rate of change
Think of how often you receive a pop-up on your phone, reminding you to update its data system – and how often you press “update later.” Keeping your network and devices updated greatly reduces the risk of a cyber attack. In addition to having essential security benefits, updating also allows for greater functionality as new updates are released.
Some systems have an annual update while others may have daily updates. But how do you know which one you have? Knowing how your system operates comes in handy, but the keeping up with this constantly changing function can sometimes be overwhelming.
Hiring an IT consulting firm could greatly benefit your business. Not only will it take the extra work off your plate, but having an expert monitor and set up your network will ensure the system will perform at its maximum ability.
Which brings us to the next challenge.
There’s that old adage: You don’t know what you don’t know. When it comes to IT, many of your system issues arise when an inexperienced – although well-meaning – technician assumes the responsibility of fixing technical issues they aren’t equipped to handle. Perhaps your IT technician doubles as your office manager. Regardless, treating your IT like you do the product or service on which your business is built ensures the information you gather from customers and vendors is secure and safe at all times. Utilizing the services of experienced, specialized IT consultants proactively addresses potential issues that may affect your bottom line.
In today’s cyber world, there are so many ways for attackers to get your information. Email, video calls, texts messages – they can access them all if your network is not protected the right way. Implementing more than just firewalls and crafty passwords will protect you and your clients information. Here are a few security tips you can put in place right away:
VPN: Installing a VPN (Virtual Private Network) will privatize your network, granting access only to those you approve of. It also encrypts files sent through the network so that they cannot be hacked or stolen.
Updating: Mentioned earlier, updates are essential for a reason. They are more than just changing the display of your phone or computer. They allow for new software to be installed, protecting your systems from being hacked.
KMF Technologies has been in the IT field for over 15 years. We custom build your computer and network based on your businesses specific needs. We will help you understand how to keep your business protected while keeping you up-to-date on system changes, updates, and performance. Schedule a consultation with us today!