Internal Threats to your Company
Internal Threats to your Company
Chances are you have the brightest, sophisticated and most elite people on your staff. While business owners are focused on the dangers outside their business, internal dangers are on the rise. Your own employees could be damaging your internal network unintentionally and without your knowledge. Proper training is key to eliminate troubles within your business. Proper training includes educating your employees on all security measures they need to be able to use your systems securely and efficiently without compromising your data. To give you an extreme example, there was a time when I saw a branch manager give out the password to their wireless network. Someone unknown walked in off the street and asked for it saying, they were a neighbor and they had an internet outage and needed to get on the internet and wanted to borrow theirs. This particular incident is called social engineering. There is a whole world of social engineering tactics criminals use that you need to know to protect yourself. Some of the harder scenarios would be when and when not to open up company emails, assuming your employees don’t open their own private emails on your network. Phishing, hijacking, ransomware is certainly on the rise. You could be overwhelmed and take the approach and say my systems run smoothly and nothing is 100% safe on the web and you would be right. Why risk it? It would be the equivalent of leaving your physical credit cards posted on the front desk of the reception area. Security audits are recommended on an annual basis regardless of the size of your company. Smaller companies need this most because they are more prone to attacks.
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Why IT Managed Service Plans Are the Right Choice for Your Small Business
Budgeting, Profit, Expertise, Time, Security & Saving
When you have a small business, there are many decisions to make that might cause indecisiveness. One of the main causes of this is the choice between IT managed service plans and a traditional computer consultant service. Information technology plans can be incredibly useful and suited for small businesses, as they have countless benefits in comparison to computer services, especially for small businesses. Some of these benefits are:
With IT managed service plans, the price does not change, so that means you can budget in advance for all of the costs you might need to save for. They usually have a monthly fee, which is very easy to pay in comparison to the high and raising prices of traditional computer consultant services, which tend to be very expensive and not budgeted for smaller businesses.
An IT managed service plan will save you money and time. The cost savings will benefit you and your small business in a way that a traditional computer service never could. Of course, you should add the efficient technical services to this, which will also contribute to the increase of your profitability.
Of course, computer consultant services grant you experts as well, but IT managed service plans grant you a number of experts that no other IT services will. The quality of the services is extremely high, and it will benefit your small business in many ways. System admin, network admin, security admin, as well as could management and software administration will be offered in any IT managed service plan.
You will save so much time by using an IT managed service plan instead of a traditional computer consultant service. The experts from the IT service will manage everything and all you will have to do is focus on your business instead of worrying about information technology.
IT managed service plans are the most secure services you can choose for your small business. Your data will be completely safe thanks to services such as firewall protection, virus protection, recovery from disaster, pre-planned security checks, WLAN and LAN monitoring, all in one IT managed service plan specifically designed for your small business.
IT managed service plans are the best way to reduce the cost of labor, especially labor such as computer consultant services. You will save so much money just by choosing an IT managed service plan for your small business, as the information technology experts and professionals that will work for you will always be ready to help you boost your efficiency and productivity. All of the IT managed service plan work will be included in the periodic fee, so you will not have to worry about any extra costs.
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Cyber security can be a very scary and difficult problem to understand for the average small business and home user. Malware doesn’t play favorites when you are connected to the internet. Malware can infect all operating systems and platforms. Some believe that running a Mac Book Pro or running Linux operating system or using their Android device saves them from these threats. This is just simply not true. While Windows is more targeted, there are steps to take to make any platform safer. Just take note that nothing is 100% safe connected to the internet. But there are plenty of things that can be done to reduce your risk. As a small business owner, would you have time to research such things? As an average home user why would you care? Malware can be equal to the same kinds of physical dangers and risk that you would encounter on a day-to-day basis. Such as securing your home, protecting your family, your money and other valuables. So in short it’s just as equally important to have full security on every device and network in your home or office. Call us today if you would like to talk further about hiring a technology consultant to meet your needs to stay safe.
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Obtaining IT Certifications
Competition. Success. Professional growth.
Competition. Success. Professional growth. These are just a few of the benefits listed widely, of gaining IT Certifications. In an industry notorious for constant change and innovation, an IT professional’s career should also reflect this. Knowledge really is power and certifications can provide you with it and much more.
Global Knowledge lists the top 10 benefits of IT certifications, and cites getting hired at the top. In any highly competitive profession, having additional knowledge and skills can give you an edge over your peers. By acquiring niche certifications, you can stand out and stay hireable, as well as highlighting your best IT skills that can put on you the path towards becoming an expert.
“A certification may do nothing more than get your resume a second look – which may be more than your competition gets.”
Certification can also help you maintain and keep your skills up to date. Pearson IT certification notes the benefits of lifelong learning, especially in such a rapidly changing technological field. Moreover, by gaining certifications you can learn new skills that broaden your existing knowledge and sharpen your skills in picking up new concepts and applying them efficiently.
“Many use certifications as a reskilling tool to expand potential career paths on today’s ever-shifting economic landscape.”
Your investment in your own personal development is demonstrable in the number of certifications you obtain and continue to pursue, and can be very attractive to employers. In particular to those that believe in investing in the development and growth of their staff in the long term. Eric Bloom writing for IT World recalls the things that stood out for him as an IT manager when looking at prospective candidates. Certifications indicated that;
“they cared enough about their profession and future career growth that they were willing to spend the time, money, and effort to maximize their professional knowledge, skill, and marketability.”
And personal growth aside, financial growth is also on the table with more certifications. In any industry, upskilling yourself automatically increases your earning potential, and your opportunities for networking. By picking up new skills, you can connect with peers and organizations that value your new certifications, opening more doors to job roles and even a step up in a new organization. John Reiling of Project Smart mentions new certifications as helping to:
“Get your foot in the door in the new area. Many career changers turn to certifications to get themselves into a new area. For example, many technical people who want to advance will earn Cisco certifications in order to move into a position of greater responsibility.”
Therefore, whether you’re considering a short course certification to brush up on your skills, or you’re looking to make a career move in the IT industry, certifications hold many benefits that can diversify your CV, increase your earning potential, and help you to achieve personal and career milestones.
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Looking to Build a Website?
Looking to build a Website?
Looking to build a website? There are numerous ways to build a website these days. With so many options available, how in the world would you ever know how to get started? There are plenty of do-it-yourself click and drag template sites to use to create and launch your own website. This option is fairly useful for inexperienced individuals looking to get exposure on the web really fast. These kinds of sites promise you a professional website, but you could be running the risk for poor creativity and content. Chances are that individuals in this category would end up stuck and would still need help anyways. The second option is using a hosting site that offers a c panel for the more intermediate technical savvy individual. Again, anybody in this experience category could throw together a Word Press site but could be running the risk of downgrading their image and security without knowing how to bring it all together. Time is money! Why do you want this frustration? Our recommendation is to research web design specialist to help you every step of the way to have the backing and support that you deserve to get your website started out right from the ground up. It is very important to screen consultants carefully while considering outsourcing your project. One size does not fit all. You should plan on sketching and having an idea and all content materials together and ready to go before contacting web design agencies for interviews and quotes. With all the various ways of putting a website together, it might just be more beneficial in the end for a small business that maybe limited in technical capabilities and time resources to take that step and consider outsourcing.
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