Moving information to “the cloud” might be the popular thing to do right now, but surveys show that 98% of companies still rely on physical, on-site servers. If you’re in that 98% of businesses, there’s a good chance you have at least one Microsoft 2008 or 2008 R2 server. Microsoft has been pushing their Azure cloud platform since announcing the end-of-life date for these two servers effective January of 2020. But what if moving to the cloud isn’t the right move for your business technology?
As a small business, we’ve been down this road before. Dealing with big one-time expenses is never easy, but it can be more palatable with careful planning and a good team by your side. Our team of project engineers can help you find the best way forward for your business. Is there hardware you can continue using? How many systems are “must-upgrade” and how many are “should-upgrade”? What is a realistic time lime for your business? We can help find the answers to these questions.
Microsoft is by far the most popular OS, so you can be sure that hackers are constantly working on malware to release after each end-of-support deadline passes. With crucial security updates for these servers no longer released as of January 2020, not making plans to upgrade your business technology could have potentially disastrous results. Contact us so we can figure out the right solution for your business.
7 cybersecurity tips for small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs), brought to you by Back To Business I.T.
Antivirus and Filters
Scanning your systems regularly to detect malware and potential vulnerabilities should be at the top of the list when it comes to cybersecurity measures. Putting web and email filters in place can help block nefarious traffic and messages from ever reaching your systems.
Along the same lines of defense as Antivirus and Filters, use restrictions to limit staff access. The same way you restrict departmental access depending on where a person works, it’s a good idea to implement internet restrictions. This way employees are limited to the websites they can access on company computers – and thus lessen the risk that they’ll wander into some dark alley on the internet.
Train Your Staff
One of the biggest cybersecurity risks any company faces is its people. To err is human, right? And err we do. Phishing emails are the most common cyberattack, and how over 90% of successful breaches begin. Educate your staff on best cybersecurity practices. Our cybersecurity awareness training offers not only educational materials, but simulated training exercises to test employees’ preparedness in a safe sandbox environment. Contact us to learn more.
Step Up Your Authentication Game
Setting up multi-factor authentication means that system access has a two-layer protection. Requiring both a password and a pin, for example, will likely reduce your risk of unauthorized access. Much like having biometric and pin or pattern access on your phone protects your data from prying eyes – two-factor authentication on your systems can keep your data safer.
Patch and Update, Faithfully
Clicking that ‘update later’ button is usually a bad idea. Updates ensure your system has the latest information on potential vulnerabilities. Patching does just that – patches certain ‘holes’ or fixes bugs in the system. This is part of why it’s critical to use up to date hardware/software – so you can be sure the manufacturer is working constantly to keep it as secure as possible.
Back Up Your Data
In the case of a breach, having your data backed up can make the difference between paying the ransom or not. Cybercrime isn’t the only reason to back up your data though – as other events can affect system functionality and disrupt your business. In the context of cybersecurity, it can give you the upper hand. If your data is securely backed up, there’s usually less down time in the event of an attack.
Have a Cybersecurity Policy in Place
All the good intention in the world won’t take the place of a solid information security policy. Make sure your staff is aware of the processes and best practices for cybersecurity in your company. You’ve worked hard for your business, protect its future.
Here at Back To Business I.T., we’re a business too. We have the same concerns and face the same challenges. Our customizable solutions are meant to change as your business grows – fitting your needs, and your budget. Take your business to the next level with a technology partner you can trust.Contact us today!
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