Every 11 seconds. That is how often experts predict a ransomware attack on a business will occur by the end of 2021. With that in mind, businesses can no longer push cybersecurity to the side, or just put up a basic firewall. Protecting your business’s data is crucial for the safety of everyone involved, and in some cases, for your business to survive. In fact, cyberattacks have been known to wipe out many small businesses, forcing them to shut their doors. The best way to protect your business and your data is to have an effective Security Operations Center (SOC) in place. Continue Reading
Data breaches are a real threat that should be taken seriously, and SMBs have a higher susceptibility of suffering a breach. It’s important to understand the potential threats, how they can affect your business, and what you can do to reduce the risks. Continue Reading
Old technology, backup issues, millions of cables…. The list goes on and on of all the common IT problems businesses face. And often, owners don’t have time to deal with them. They just need the problem quickly fixed so work can continue. For small businesses who don’t have an IT department, what’s the solution? A managed IT services provider (MSP) is the easiest and most ideal solution. Here are a few reasons why hiring experts to keep your business’ technology running smoothly is a no brainer.
To keep your business safe, it’s crucial to have policies and practices in place to prevent and monitor unauthorized users gaining access, as well as the misuse or modification of resources. In other words, Network Security. Small businesses often don’t have a strategy in place—there’s so much to do!—which makes them an obvious target for hackers and cyber-attacks. In fact, according to Verizon, 43% of breach victims in 2018 were small businesses.
By hiring an MSP, you can feel confident your bases are covered. MSPs begin by conducting an assessment of your current technology, identifying the holes and areas of risk. Then they will likely create a company security strategy for your employees to follow. They’ll generally help implement that strategy, and also monitor your network security remotely, alerting you to any breaches and resolve those they can.
2. Technology Budgeting
It’s hard to keep up with all the updates and new technology that’s constantly being released. Small businesses need technology to serve their needs, but it can be very disruptive when hardware stops working, or software can no longer be updated. It’s therefore important to have a plan in place to regularly upgrade and update your technology and software.
That’s where having an MSP by your side is so helpful. Working within your budget, they can organize and guide you to the most current technology, helping you find cost-effective solutions that align with your business needs.
3. More Money
Who doesn’t want more money?! When technology stops working or has a defect, work slows, time is wasted, resulting in costing businesses money. An MSP will provide you with a help desk for employees to call with minor problems, but they’ll also swoop in to solve larger issues, so productivity remains high and work continues. The investment in an MSP outweighs the risks associated with trying to keep your IT online and working productively on your own.
Great Lakes Computer Corporation can protect your business.
We offer a range of services designed to help our clients protect their businesses at a price SMBs can afford. Find out what we can do for you.