We live in an age of constantly evolving technology! These constant changes can bring apprehension about the future. In the following article, we will outline just how important the right tech – and professionals supporting it – are in your quest for efficiency in 2022.
So, what will 2022 bring?
Your business may still be feeling the effects of the pandemic, and your workplace could be unrecognizable from what it was a few years ago. You may have gone into survival mode, but as the pandemic is continuing into 2022 – it is time for a more prepared and revised approach. Think long term.
Your employees may have returned to the office, and now, with the omicron variant, you’re considering going fully remote again. If your remote strategy has been for employees to use their home PC’s and laptops, it’s important to understand the risks this brings to your company’s network security, and also the opportunities you may be missing.
What the Wrong IT Can Mean for Your Business
In the rush to transition to a remote workforce, many businesses ended up equipping their home offices with the wrong tools. Using outdated, unprotected, or incapable software or hardware can have a detrimental effect on your security, as well as business functionality.
This is referred to as Shadow IT.
Shadow IT is IT that your organization has no control over. If you have no organizational requirements for control, documentation, security, or reliability, it’s a disaster waiting to happen. Cyber attacks can cause debilitating effects, which can range from the theft of sensitive information all the way to deliberate attacks on hardware, potentially causing equipment failures.
Some of the most common forms of cyber attack are Phishing emails, Malware, and Ransomware. Cyber crime is constantly evolving and new methods of attack are being developed and unleashed daily. Your remote workforce may be more vulnerable to attack, especially if they are using their own computers.
It’s important to have security protocols in place in normal times, when everyone is mostly working at the office, but far more important when employees are scattered, and working on their own devices from home. It’s more than worth it to have a professional IT company review your security, show you where your systems are vulnerable, and put a solid plan in place.
Unfamiliarity with the Capabilities of IT
If you haven’t had the time to keep up with the latest trends in tech, you may not be aware of what tools are now available to make your business run more efficiently. You may have already transitioned to Cloud Computing but are you using its capabilities to the full potential? When used correctly, cloud computing offers a way to have data backups in various locations, allowing you to guarantee business continuity even if a disaster strikes. What about your phone system? A VoIP cloud-based phone system may be much more practical and could serve your business better for less money. An unbiased IT consultant can review your business and recommend technology that works best for your specific company and budget.
mPowered IT – Ensuring You Are Cyber Secure
mPowered IT is your go-to proactive partner in keeping IT systems secure and defended, and your technology up to date. We never leave things to chance or wait for a problem to arise. We’re protect your systems as if it’s our business on the line.