Why is Network Security so Important?
You’ve heard over and over again that network security is one of the most important things to the continuity of your business, and therefore its success. You haven’t heard wrong, but you may be wondering exactly why it’s so important. Most people only have a vague idea of exactly why the security of their network is so important. Here are a few things that you’re protecting. Client information You most likely store all of the information that you have about all of your customers on your network. If this information were to fall into the wrong hands, such as competitors, or even…
Scoping Out Disaster Scenarios for a More Strategic Business Continuity Plan
The two words of business continuity might sound like a simple concept if you think you’re thoroughly prepared for disasters. If you haven’t had a professional audit of your company, however, you probably only know a quarter of the potential things that could happen to bring excessive downtime. As it’s always said, you probably don’t know what you don’t know. Ultimately, when it comes to guessing what could potentially happen, you might as well throw everything in. If this seems overwhelming, you can still scope out some of the most likely scenarios that could happen in your company. With disasters…
Recover From Disaster Before it Strikes
Having a major incident is something no one looks forward to. But, not looking forward to, and intentionally avoiding discussing it are two entirely different things, and the key to recovering from a disaster is to have the discussions and implement the plans that arise from them today. Everyone hopes that it won’t happen to them, but with climate change, international terrorism, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, computer error, acts of God, and other disasters happening at an ever-increasing pace in the modern world, it is foolish to think that it won’t happen to you. And the best way to ensure that you can…
Network Security is More than Just Software
An Internet connection is necessary so your business can communicate with employees, customers, and suppliers. Because this communications technology can expose your data to hackers and malware, you’ve initiated software and protocols to protect your digital information. You can also implement two physical security steps to add to that protection? For example, you’ve implemented a firewall and threat management software to make it impossible for unauthorized people outside your office to access your data remotely. But how visible are your office display monitors to visitors wandering your reception area? Can anyone walking outside your building look through the windows and…
Network Security: How Google Can Help Defend Against Sony-Style Hacking
You’re probably quite familiar by now how hackers, most likely from North Korea, broke into Sony’s network to steal confidential information, disrupt service, and cause general mayhem. You’re resigned to something like that happening to your business someday, thinking true security isn’t possible against determined criminals. Actually, there is something you can do and Google can help. Your first line of defense against any such intrusions consists of the hardware and software that you use to run your business. So before you buy any new devices or applications, take the time to research how adequate their built-in security features are….
Has your Disaster Recovery Plan been Put to the Test?
Have you tested your disaster recovery plan lately? If not, then how can you be sure that it will work when you need it to? According to a recent article from The Business Journals, you should be testing your planned response to a server failure twice a year, and a catastrophic failure once a year. However, due to worries about the expense and downtime required for testing, many businesses don’t adhere to these recommendations. You can test your plan inexpensively and without major hassles, the article states. With the help of internal or external IT personnel, you can set a…
Ensuring Business Continuity During Disaster Recovery Time
Recent news reminds business owners of the need for business continuity in technology when there is a natural disaster or loss of utilities. Preparation for disaster recovery down-time should be made before there is a potential threat, and choosing the right partner in data protection and co-location is vital to creating a safe and positive environment for your business. Naturally Occurring Disasters The top ten naturally occurring disasters in the state of Texas, ranging from tornados to fires to winter storms, make it an at-risk environment for technology services. Companies should consider utilizing an off-site data center to minimize physical risk to…
Email Security: Five Tips to Protect Yourself
E-mail can be a terrific form of communication for keeping in touch with family, friends, and business associates. However, using it unwisely may make you and your computer susceptible to spam, scams, and viruses. Here are five tips to avoid these problems: Utilize Security Software A decent security program with a firewall should be your first line of defense when using a PC. It should come as no surprise that comprehensive security programs are necessary to protect PCs against spam, viruses, worms, Trojans, etc. Even for email, security software can protect against the malicious software hiding in email attachments. Be Smart…
Disaster Recovery Terms You Need to Know
Like nearly everything else, disaster recovery comes with its own vocabulary. If your company is designing its disaster recovery plan or you’ve experienced a disaster, knowing the following terms and what they mean can help, according to a recent article by SearchServer Virtualization. Disaster recovery. This is perhaps the most important term of all. It’s the plan you create in order to minimize the effect of a negative event, whether the event is technological, like a virus, or natural, like a fire or an earthquake. Failover. When your primary operational mode has been compromised, you rely on a backup one,…
Disaster Recovery: Are You Ready For A Catastrophe?
You know all the clichés . If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. The prudent man forseeth the evil and hideth himself. And so on. Even though those principles of preventative maintenance are repeated ad nauseam, there are business owners and managers who still don’t have an effective disaster recovery plan in place. When they finally realize that they need one, it will be too late. What can happen with a catastrophe? It’s not only going to cause a stoppage in business operations, it can also cause data loss. That means that…