Communication Systems Trends for Small Businesses
Smart small-medium businesses realize that every interaction and connection can lead to an opportunity to drive business growth and strengthen customer relations.
That is why providing your business with the newest developments in information systems is important, for your enterprise to achieve a greater impact, regardless of the size. Bring your company up to speed with these communication technology assets;
1) Cloud solutions
Cloud computing is becoming increasingly valuable. It uses the power of the Internet to store and access information that would otherwise have to be placed on a server at a company’s physical location. In fact, we think Cloud computing is as sweet as honey. Data stored in servers at a remote site allow for businesses to eliminate the high costs of data recovery labor and software.
Collaboration in the office is easier than ever with cloud storage. Storing on the cloud also allows for easy disaster prevention and recovery. If a catastrophic occurrence were to take place, the cloud has your back. Just like eating a tablespoon of honey is a lot less of a hassle and expense than doctor’s appointments for influenza, storing on the cloud also allows for easy disaster prevention and recovery.
2) Fiber-optic Internet and
We know that speed matters and we also know connections to sites is much faster than say ten years ago. In 2006, a T-1 connection over copper, 1.54Mbps, was adequate for most small business needs. Today, a 5Mbps connection over fiber is the new entry level enabling businesses to utilize the plethora of software as a service (SaaS) applications that energize the creation and growth of small businesses. Fiber connections are the future for small business. Our recommendation for ailing networks is to replace your copper based network connections with fiber. Or, if you’ve already seen the light, pun intended, we recommend an upgrade by adding additional bandwidth.
Regardless of the size, security of a business cannot be left to chance. Cyber attacks on small-medium businesses (SMB) are increasing at an alarming rate. Data from Symantec’s 2016 Internet Data Security Threat Report showed that attacks on SMBs accounted for 43% of the cyber attacks in 2015. The figure was up 9% in just one year and stands in stark contrast to 2011 where the SMB segment accounted for a mere 11% of the total cyber attack victims. Here are some simple ways that you can minimize your chances of becoming a cyber attack statistic.
- Install antivirus software is the most common way to protect your business network and will defend against most types of malware.
- Deploy firewalls.
- Invest in an off-site data backup solution, so any information compromised or lost during a breach can easily be recovered from an alternate location.
- Propagate encryption software to protect sensitive data such as employee records, client/customer information and financial statements.
- Include two-step authentication or password security software for internal programs to reduce the likelihood of password cracking.
- One important solution that does not involve software and that many small businesses overlook is cyber security insurance.
- Keep your software up to date.
- Educate your employees.
- Implement formal security policies.