Factors such as increased connectivity and improved monitoring tools contribute to the record-breaking number of data breaches in 2018. However, the biggest contributor by far has to be the brazen ambition of hackers. That is, the counts aren’t getting bigger just because we’re getting better at counting breaches — the scope of cyberattacks has increased as well, with each major assault affecting hundreds of thousands to millions of users.
Losing your database can cripple your business. How do you ensure that packages have been sent to the appropriate delivery addresses if you lose your tracking information? How much longer will it take to finalize sales if your team has to revert to paper-based transaction records? How will your healthcare facility properly administer medicines to critically ill patients if you don’t know what drugs they are allergic to?
In this Information Age, having access to reliable data is crucial to running a business.
Running a business and fending off competitors is tough enough, but mounting threats to your company’s data and processes make everything more difficult. How can one cope with more sophisticated malware and complex government regulations that add costs to operations? And how can a small- to medium-sized business (SMB) navigate the sea of solutions that’s as broad in choices as it is deep in technical jargon?
SMBs can begin by raising their awareness of the current and foreseeable landscape.
Business is a high-risk, high-reward proposition. It takes guts to forego receiving a regular paycheck and instead invest time and energy into selling a product or providing a service. However, it takes more than raw courage to make it in business: one has to have enough sense to recognize opportunities and avoid needless risks.
Email is indispensable. Even if your line of work does not demand that you communicate via email, you still need email accounts to sign up for social media sites, shop online, access online financial accounts, subscribe to streaming services — you get the picture.
Most people don’t realize that servers are often the most underused computers in a business. In the case of smaller companies with their own in-house IT infrastructures, a server often runs only one operating system and uses only a fraction of its available processing power to manage things like the company email.
Virtually every business leader is aware of how common cybersecurity threats are, but only few are equipped to make judgement calls on which solutions are best for their company. In fact, most small business owners don’t realize that if there’s a data breach, there’s a 90% chance it was the direct result of human error.
Since 1996, USWired has continuously provided reliable IT support for small businesses with little resources to hire their own IT staff. Through our years of experience, we've learned that one of the biggest problems businesses face is working to minimize risks -- without the assistance of a managed IT services provider (MSP).
Make no mistake: Disasters can strike anywhere, anytime.
Email is your primary channel for communicating with clients, vendors and employees. Fast-paced messaging is the lifeblood of most businesses, but email wasn't really designed with any privacy or security in mind.
Email was developed when the internet was used almost entirely for transferring information.
Disasters can completely catch your business off guard, and when they do you’ll have a hard time trying to get your network systems and servers back in order. It’s vital to have a business continuity plan (BCP) in place to ensure your company can continuously operate and deliver products or services even in the face of catastrophes.