Wow, does technology change fast or what? Just when you think you have a handle on that new system, your company is getting ready to roll out the latest and greatest version. As a technology solutions provider, we believe that it is imperative for your business to stay at the forefront of technology but only if the cost justifies the means. Keeping up with technology just for the sake of keeping up is pointless. Many companies upgrade without really knowing the reasons why they should. As a business owner, if you are going to spend the time and money implementing new technology, then do your homework. We suggest doing the following before putting your company and employees through another technology upgrade.
October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month and we are getting involved. As a technology services organization, our experts want to help raise awareness on the realities of cyber-attacks. The fact is that a cyber-attack can happen to anyone and to any business, no matter the size, everyone and everything is a target. In fact, statistics show that over 44% of small businesses reported being the victim of a cyber-attack, costing them an average of $9,000 per attack. Statistics also show that almost 59% of SMB owners do not have a contingency plan for when they experience a data breach.
As stories of data breaches fill our news feeds daily, security should be the focal point of all business IT plans. Unfortunately, for some small and medium-sized businesses this is not the case. Firewalls are purchased and installed for the sole purpose of securing the business network and are left in the back closet to do so for the next 3-5 years. Many owners of small and medium-sized businesses don’t have the time or the resources for regular maintenance. They assume the firewall is serving its purpose, because after everything is working. Until it’s not…..leaving your business’s data more susceptible to hackers, viruses, etc. If time and resources are the reasons behind outdated or unmaintained technology, how can owners of small and medium-sized businesses make sure their network is secure? Enter – firewall as a service.