With 2018 in full swing, it’s time to take a look at 5 areas of your business IT infrastructure that you simply can’t afford to ignore:
- Disaster Recovery
It’s amazing to think that a recent survey showed that over 50% of businesses in the UK have no Disaster Recovery processes in place. This means that over 50% of businesses could find themselves in serious bother if their IT systems fail! It wouldn’t be unreasonable to assume that these businesses have insurance to cover their employees and office space so why don’t they have reasonable cover for their IT and computer systems?
A sound disaster recovery provision is like an insurance for your IT infrastructure and will safeguard all of your critical business systems should disaster strike. Do you have disaster recovery (DR) for your computers and IT systems?
- Those 4 letters that have been in everyone’s minds: GDPR!
As of 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation aims to harmonise the data protection regulations and strengthen data protection for all individuals in the European Union. GDPR applies to almost all companies operating in the EU and the regulation applies also to organisations outside the European Union, if they collect or process personal data of EU residents. It introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and breaches, and gives people more say over what companies can do with their data. Our IT Support services include all the necessary security updates, threat detection and response and encryption procedures so that you don’t have to worry about it!
- Saving Money With VOIP
VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is a telecommunication system that offers an alternative to traditional systems based on a PBX – Private Branch Exchange – and an internal network that is separate to other networks in a building. Paying a fixed monthly fee to a service provider makes budgeting more predictable and preserves capital for strategic investments. We would be delighted to assess your current phone system and advise which hosted telephony service would suit your business best.
- Upgrade Your Hardware
It’s a general recommendation that you give your business hardware a refresh every 3-5 years, but more often than not small businesses will continue to use their IT systems for even longer than this. In this day and age, computer systems are improving rapidly, and it’s amazing how much a new computer will do for productivity. Not only can we advise you of the best hardware for your business requirements, but we can also supply you with all of the necessary systems and set them all up for you too.
- Using a Human Firewall
We’ve already written about “What is a Firewall and Why do you Need One?”, and a software or hardware-based firewall is simply a must in any business. But even still, these types of firewalls can only do what they are programmed to do and require updates to stay efficient against an ever-improving hacking community. That’s why it’s vital to have personnel who stay on top of your IT system security at all times and thoroughly penetration test your equipment.