The business case for deploying Microsoft Office 365 across your organization is compelling. Depending on the subscription plan you choose, your staff gets to use feature-rich desktop versions of much-beloved productivity apps such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, basic-but-highly-useful web versions of those apps, plus other handy storage, communication, and collaboration tools such as OneDrive, Exchange, and SharePoint.
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.
Personal data is collected from us all the time. eCommerce sites store our purchasing habits info to push products we’re most likely to buy. Healthcare organizations collect everything from our vital signs to our treatment histories so that practically any physician in any facility can know critical details about our health, such as drug allergies.
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.
Imagine using a baby monitor to keep an eye on your child while you're in another room. Now imagine a complete stranger doing the exact same thing. How about a hacker taking control of your car? While greater connectivity lets us enjoy more conveniences in our everyday lives, it also makes it easier for ne’er-do-wells to pose a danger to us and our loved ones.
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.
Wouldn't it be great if you could walk on clouds? It would be quite a dream! But what if the clouds were to suddenly dissipate into nothingness, causing you to plummet out of the sky and straight down towards the jagged face of a cliff? How quickly the dream would turn into a nightmare!
Now, while the scenario above is a flight of fancy, the danger of your business suffering a cloud outage — which can halt your operations and prevent critical files from being backed up — is very real and can severely affect your business.
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.
Today’s internet speeds might be faster than we would have imagined just a few years ago, but that doesn’t mean bandwidth problems don’t still occur on occasion. Even the fastest corporate networks can slow down to a crawl due to one misconfiguration or because of a cyberattack.
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.