At the beginning of 2020, no one could have predicted countless businesses would shift to a remote work model. With only a few weeks to adapt, businesses had to absorb the huge cost of preparing their employees to work off-site. Not only was this transition costly, but it also forced businesses to navigate through many instances of the unknown. This led to gaps in functionality, including cybersecurity gaps.
Although it is impossible to know when a disaster will strike, it is imperative to be prepared. There are steps to take today that will put your business in a better place tomorrow. Here’s how to get started:
Put Your Disaster Preparedness Plan into Writing.
First and foremost, your business should have a standard operating procedure to call on should something go wrong. For example, in early 2020, many businesses didn’t have a security plan in place, let alone a remote work security plan. They had to make it up as they went, which just added to the challenges they were already experiencing.
To meet this challenge, we recommend working with an experienced IT services company to write a plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan should include a cybersecurity protocol, define what malware software employees should be using, what number they should call for 24/7 support, who to contact when they receive suspicious e-mails, and how to identify suspicious emails.
Your plan should also outline exactly what needs to happen when disaster strikes. Pandemic? Here’s how we operate. Fire? Here’s what you need to know. Hardware failure? Call this number immediately. Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology Services is pleased to offer custom Disaster Preparedness Plans written with each individual business’ needs in mind.
Invest in Security and Backups.
Many businesses do not have network security in place. Whatever the reason to neglect network security – cost concerns, lack of time, lack of resources – hackers want to steal money and wreak havoc. IT security including firewall protection, malware software, strong passwords, and a company-wide IT security policy puts your business and all your employees in a much safer place.
These protections should be in place for both on-site employees and remote workers. With more people working from home, reliable IT security is more important than ever before.
Additionally, businesses should have secure backups in place. Investing in cloud storage is a great way to recover data if anything happens on-site or to primary data storage. Your business can rely on backups to restore lost or inaccessible data. A solid cloud storage option also gives remote employees ready access to any data they might need while at home or on the go.
Where Do You Begin?
Some businesses have the time, money, and resources to invest in on-site IT personnel, but most don’t. This is where partnering with Anderson ZurMuehlen Technology Services can pay off. Regardless of your work situation, you need expertise that can support your organization while protecting the data security of your business.
Contact us to learn more about our security solutions and to find the technology services you need at the price tag you can afford.