What are your New Year's resolutions? Are you going to start using that gym membership again? Or perhaps you'd like to learn a new skill?
Mine is to learn how to take better photographs but try as I might I can't convince my boss how this will help our business! So, how about 4 New Year resolutions that will actually help your business?Technology is ever changing and so is your business. What might have worked well last year might no longer be the best option in 2018. Here are 4 areas your business might want to think about this year.
Have a business continuity plan
What would your business do if you couldn't access your office? Or what if your IT systems were infected with ransomware? That is what a business continuity plan is and every business needs to have one.
For a business, a disaster could be physical like the office burning down or digital like being hit by ransomware. Either way, it means your productivity is compromised. In many cases a business won't be able to work at all.
That is why a business continuity plan is so important. It maps out how a business recovers from a disaster. The damage caused by a disaster will vary depending on the time it takes a business to recover.
Improve your cyber security
Small and medium-sized businesses are the prime target for attackers because they tend to be easier targets. They’re often less secure and unprepared for attack. Think about burglars that go after houses where they know no one is home.
It doesn’t always seem like it, but every business has data worth stealing. Did you know that the average cost per lost or stolen record is £117? It may not seem like a lot, but this number grows quickly once these records are stolen by the hundreds.
Invest in an outsourced cybersecurity solution to protect against the expanding cyber threat landscape, and mitigate damages inflicted upon your business. Gain the expertise, technology and support you may be lacking, and grow your IT budget without growing your payroll. Contact us for more information.
Update your business telephones
BT have announced they plan to phase out ISDN and PSTN services. That might happen as soon as 2020. So now is a good time to consider a VoIP telephony solution. VoIP is short for Voice over Internet Protocol and it allows you to make voice calls using a broadband connection instead of a regular phone line.
The biggest benefit for using VoIP is the reduced costs. VoIP call charges can be up to 70% cheaper than a landline. If you have branch offices, you can easily connect phone systems between branches and make free phone calls.
VoIP offers a business great flexibility. Make calls from your office phone, smartphone, laptop, tablet or any other Internet connected device. VoIP is great for remote workers as well.
Educate your staff
One of the biggest security wins your business can have is educating your staff. All the best cyber security technology in the world can be undone by a member of staff clicking on a malicious link. Investing in cyber security is pointless if you're not educating staff on best security practices.
Introducing actions and polices like these ones would help enormously.
- Computer use policy
- Security awareness briefings
- Minimise system access where possible
- Investigate security incidents
- Conduct annual (or quarterly) audits
Yes, you will want to look at ways to block outside attacks but also remember that your staff can be key in making your business secure. For more tips on keeping your staff secure online when in the office, download this free eBook.
If you're setting business goals for 2018 don't forget the impact technology can have on your business. These are just 4 areas but they can all play a key part in how your technology can help support your business.