ahead, and make resolutions that help you grow as a person. You might sign up for the gym, commit to using more sustainable products, or even try a new diet.
As well as making personal resolutions, you can also make business ones. Sure, you’ll have KPIs you want to hit this year, but resolutions tend to relate to habits: things that you – or your company – can do better regularly.
In this day and age, every business relies on technology in order to operate. But bad technology habits lead to excess costs, downtime, and even cybersecurity breaches. On the flip side, great technology habits can launch your business forward, helping you win new customers, become more efficient and leapfrog competitors.
So, as we move into 2022, here are some technology resolutions you and your employees should bear in mind.
1. Backup your data in the cloud…
Scalability is a huge issue amongst small and medium-sized companies. As your business grows and shifts, you need IT infrastructure that can move at the same pace as you – without breaking the bank. This is where cloud computing becomes essential.
Cloud storage and backup can improve your business’ agility, flexibility, and security when used efficiently. A good cloud solution works instantaneously, backing up company data on all corporate devices in real-time. These solutions come with different deployment models, including pay-as-you-use options that only charge you for the number of resources you use.
However, one thing to bear in mind with the cloud is the risk of misconfigurations. Gartner predicts that 99% of cloud data breaches will be the customer’s fault by 2025. When you start using cloud storage, you’ll need to make sure that your permissions and access controls are correctly configured. If you need help with this, our dedicated IT support team are on hand to assist.
2. …And have a backup plan
If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that you never know what’s going to be around the corner. Whether it’s a pandemic, flood or data breach, a disruption could halt your business operations.
We understand that it can be challenging to prepare for unknown unknowns, but you can improve your company’s resilience to cope with a disaster, so you’ll bounce back quicker if and when one strikes.
We highly recommend creating business continuity, incident response and disaster recovery plans, so that you and your team have guidelines to follow in the worst-case scenario.
3. Turn to outsourcing
Over the last ten years, technology has completely revolutionized the way organizations conduct business. However, despite how much SMBs rely on technology, many don’t have the in-house expertise to unleash the true potential of IT in their business.
Even for SMBs with an in-house IT person, this employee is usually overwhelmed by day-to-day IT support queries, giving them no time to focus on strategic priorities.
Whether you have an in-house IT employee or not, outsourcing could really help you to get more out of your IT function and give your technical person their time back.
A great IT outsourcing provider will act as an extra pair of hands, providing 24/7 proactive support, helping you with IT process standardization and improving visibility into all aspects of your IT infrastructure.
4. Brush up your password policies
Verizon found that 81% of breaches in 2020 resulted from stolen or weak passwords. Straightforward passwords like ‘qwerty’ or ‘1111’ dramatically increase the chances of your company being breached. When cyber criminals target your organization, they look for low hanging fruit: easy ways to access your corporate resources. You can bet they will try easy-to-guess passwords as their first point of call.
Many SMBs think hackers aren’t interested in them – but this isn’t the case. Today, most businesses store sensitive data – and this is exactly what hackers are after. In fact, some cyber criminals prefer to target SMBs, as they know some will have weaker defenses than multi-national corporations.
Improving your password policies is an effortless way to improve your company’s security maturity level. Here are some password practices to bear in mind:
- Mandate strict password controls. Employees should use a mix of characters, special characters and numbers
- Enforce that employees change their passwords at least every six weeks
- Mandate that employees use a unique password for each account
- Deploy a password manager to help your people keep track of their passwords
Make 2022 Your Best Year Yet!
ECN IT Solutions can help your Tucson area business streamline your use of IT infrastructure to reduce costs and improve user productivity.
We’re here and ready to talk cloud solutions with you! Reach out at 520-355-7553 or through our website.
ECN IT Solutions is a managed service provider (MSP) based in Tucson, Arizona that provides full-service, outsourced IT Support for companies across the Southwest. We offer network monitoring and management, cybersecurity, and a help desk with a response time of under 10 minutes. For more information, contact us online or call (520) 355-7553 and we’ll get in touch with you faster than you can believe.