Security threats to your business move so fast that your IT should be working twice as hard as your company just to keep up. Every day, hundreds of thousands of new malware threats are released. Falling even hours behind means any one of these attacks can threaten your business.
The single most dangerous thing IT security can do is stand still. Keeping up with the latest advice, technology, and updates the security industry offers is vital to keep your business safe. This makes up much of the unseen job of IT professionals. Hackers never stop looking for new ways to enter your system, which means your security can't stop looking for ways to keep them out.
Modern Systems for Modern Business
One of the most common security threats to a business is using an outdated operating system or software package. Many businesses are scared to upgrade, update, or renew their IT over fears of breaking legacy systems. Many rely heavily on old software and are afraid to make a change. Some businesses today still run machines on Windows XP, an operating system first released back in 2001.
Old operating systems stop receiving security updates and patches that protect against newly released attacks. These systems become very vulnerable, allowing a large target for knowledgeable hackers. Hackers are always on the lookout for businesses that run IT equipment outside of its suggested service life.
Hackers purchase their attacks on the dark web, safe in the knowledge that old systems won't be patched. These attacks can then be used to attack unprotected businesses to steal or compromise vital company data. An unpatched old machine is like a valuable security door left propped open overnight, a golden opportunity for thieves.
Budgeting for business is a difficult task. We aim to make the most of everything we spend and reduce spending as much as we can. IT security can easily fall very far down the list of priorities.
IT can seem like an easy way to cut costs. It's a department that the customer doesn't always benefit from directly, and when it's working well, it might not be on the radar at all. Despite working largely behind the scenes, successful IT is one of the critical components of every highly successful business. Good IT can be the binding glue that holds the company together.
Even businesses far removed from the IT world typically use payment machines, ordering systems, and inventory programs. Even restaurants and retail stores rely on computers to operate. Downtime for any critical system can be a complete disaster. A business can be unable to run and costs can mount up fast. When vital IT components are used by the customer, a sales website, or an automated booking system, the problem can multiply tenfold.
Keep On Top Of The Essentials
The kind of IT that makes your business and helps it to grow is built by smart financing and careful planning. Great technicians are what makes excellent IT. Maintaining steady updates, keeping pace with the latest security, and building your IT as you build your business keeps you in the driving seat when it matters most. When IT is planned and issues are solved before they appear, security becomes cheaper, easier, and many times more effective. System upgrades can be planned out months, if not years in advance so you are never caught unaware.
Don't let your IT be broken before you take steps to fix it. Move ahead of the curve and give us a call at 937-680-4489 so you don't have to find out what your business looks like without IT.