Data is the lifeblood of all businesses. You can’t survive without critical data assets such as customer data, intellectual property, and competitor intelligence.
Data is is not only your most valuable asset, it’s pervasive.
But how you churn data into actionable business insights is what will help you grow your revenue, increase your customer base, and cut costs.
So, how do you do it? Should you hire full-time expert data analysts or should you outsource it to professionals? Or will self-service business intelligence (BI) tools suffice?
Many small business owners often select off-the-shelf IT security software installed by one-time vendors. They believe that this secures their systems.
What they forget is that the security threat landscape is constantly changing, with hackers trying new tactics such as using AI to hack smart devices. This means small businesses have to continuously update, manage, and scale their IT security systems.
But with limited security expertise, resources, and budgets, small businesses like yours will be find it tough to strengthen and manage your cyber defenses.
Employing managed security service providers (MSSPs) to monitor IT networks, detect threats, and manage systems ensures up-to-date security infrastructure. Your small business will be better protected from cyber risks than others that manage security in-house with insufficient resources and expertise.
There will be 20 billion IoT devices by 2020, according to Gartner.
IoT devices are physical objects embedded with sensors that can connect to an IT network and communicate with other devices and software applications such as mobile phone apps, desktops, printers, and other office/home appliances.
Imagine your surveillance cameras, air conditioners, coffee machines, and office equipment having sensors and actuators to monitor, communicate, and control their own actions. Pretty cool, right? Maybe … maybe not.
Did you know? An average company uses nearly 1,000 cloud applications.
Often, employees sign up for these apps themselves as a way to do their jobs more efficiently, without the knowledge or authorization of the IT team.
This practice is likely to be more prevalent in smaller firms that do not have dedicated IT teams.
Gini was excited to start her new role as sales executive at a small yet growing IT startup. She was thrilled when one of her sales leads responded positively and accepted her invite for a face-to-face meeting.
Investing in data and information security ranks number three for small and midsize businesses that are prioritizing their tech budgets for 2019, according to a recent survey.
But, purchasing and installing security software is only half the job. You must also maintain the software—through regular updates, deployment on new endpoints, and customized configurations—to ensure that it meets your specific business needs and is able to deliver on protecting your business against cyberattack attempts.
Symantec Endpoint Protection is one among the many security software solutions on the market from which small businesses can gain more value if implemented and used correctly. Optimizing the use of all Symantec Endpoint Protection features will ensure maximum return on your investment (ROI).
Small businesses owners often confuse data archiving with data backup (and vice versa) and end up purchasing the wrong software tools. But the truth is: Data archiving and data backup serve two different and clearly distinct purposes.
Why archive: Regulations such as MiFID II and Sarbanes-Oxley require you to store information for five to seven years. Archiving software helps store data for these long periods at lower costs compared to other file storage or data backup tools. Archiving tools help to clear up your storage space and move older data to a different storage system.
The cyber-risk landscape is constantly facing new threats like botnets and cryptocurrency mining hacks.
Understanding IT security trends is not only important for tackling these new security challenges as they crop up; it’s vital for appropriating sufficient funds to your cybersecurity budget in 2019.
Our research suggests that more companies are investing in security technology solutions to protect their businesses against cyberattacks. Cybercrimes, such as targeted ransomware attacks, spear phishing, and crypto jacking, are expected to increase in 2019, costing businesses billions of dollars in lost revenue, ransom payments, and damage control.
The theft or loss of IT assets such as laptops and servers that store critical information would create a panic for most business owners, because of the risk of losing confidential data and damage to their reputation.
But not for Mark, the owner of a small marketing firm. Mark’s employees work from different locations and travel to multiple countries for client meetings, increasing the risk of laptops or mobile phones getting stolen.
Mark’s not panicking, though, because he uses IT management tools to update software solutions on business systems used by his employees and to remotely troubleshoot software applications or wipe data from lost systems.