Reducing Risk and Adding Efficiency

Author: Chris Laney

Over the years, MapleTronics has witnessed a fundamental shift in the importance of technology in the business environment. Technology has always played a vital role in the way we manage and operate our businesses but today’s risks are greater than ever if our network or any of our technological hardware fails. That’s why it’s essential to have partners that understand technology trends, monitors your performance and helps plan your future with technology. 

Here are five practical steps to reduce technology risks in our business.

Regular Updates

Those pesky update notifications never seem to go away and for good reason. It’s important to keep your computer up to date with the latest software and security patches. If you’re organization is not monitoring and updating your computers on a regular basis, you could be increasing your risk.

Anti-Virus Software

While many may overlook something as simple as having up to date anti-virus software on their machines, it’s greatly important. Many allow their license to lapse or even fail to install it once they purchased their computer. Having a good anti-virus software could be the difference from discovering a possible vulnerability or actually being hacked. Make sure you have a good anti-virus software and that it’s up to date. (If you’re in need of new anti-virus software, email us at [email protected], so we can help you get up to date)

Replacing Equipment

As technology increasingly gets better, it can come with stronger security. It’s important to plan the replacement of your technology because as equipment becomes older, updates will become less available meaning you can’t actually update your computers. In addition, the longer hardware or software sits out there, the more time hackers have to figure out ways of infiltrating your technology. Work with your partners on coming up with a technology replacement plan.

Daily Backup

It doesn’t matter how much security you put in place, your network could still be compromised or it could go down. That’s why having a backup solution is essential. There were days when businesses would say they could have their internet/network down for days before it had any effect on their organization. Those days are gone. The average time a company says it can be down for before it starts to hurt is 2-4 hours. Utilizing a system like MapleTronics’ TorQ, can be the difference between losing millions and continuing business as usual.

Cloud Computing

More and more we hear about the cloud. How can the cloud help my business? There are a variety of things cloud computing can help with in regards to efficiency in your business, but one of the greatest assets of cloud computing is the reduction of risk. Moving data to a Cloud based system can greatly reduce the risk of losing it. Larger cloud service providers like Google or Microsoft often have multiple backups and powerful redundancies built in to their solutions. One of the most common transformations we’ve witnessed is the amount of businesses moving their email from on premise servers to cloud services like Microsoft 365. This reduces risk and allows you to stay focused on the things important to your business.

Obviously there is no guarantee that you’ll never be faced with a malicious attack on your business’ technology. But by considering the five pointers we listed above, you could greatly reduce your risks and focus the future of your business.