It is normal to avoid thoughts about dreadful things happening to ourselves and our businesses. Sometimes this can result in an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ mindset. Doing so adversely impacts the need or unwillingness to plan for a disaster. At Kogo we understand this and are here to help.
Below, we share a few quick and simple steps you should be considering to protect your business:
Secure Your Data
Protecting and safeguarding data from theft is a never-ending and ongoing challenge. Companies who are hacked and expose sensitive client and employee data can face severe penalties, legal action, failed compliance (e.g., ISO & GDPR) and an inevitable loss of credibility in the marketplace. Act to avoid you ever need to send an e-mail to your customers explaining the unwelcome news that a hacker accessed their information by ‘breaking into’ your network. Furthermore, if you keep any sensitive information on portable laptops, phones, and other devices, make sure you have a way of controlling and safeguarding that information with easy to implement and easy use applications e.g.: Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA).
Consider Cloud Computing
One of the biggest advantages of cloud computing is that your data and assets are stored off-site in a highly secure, high-availability data centre, with failover and redundancy built-in. That means that if your building becomes unusable for any reason, or if your server ‘melted down’ due to an unexpected hardware failure, everything you have worked so hard to create over the years is safe and not compromised and unsecured.
Disaster Recovery Plan
At a minimum, consider that a disaster can happen at any time. If it does, it will have a severe and negative impact on your company. Disaster recovery and business continuity plan provide clarity in times of crisis, enabling and guiding all stakeholders to initiate a recovery immediately and effectively. The main objective……to ensure the business is up and running in the quickest possible time.
Review Employee’s Internet Policy
With so many people “addicted” to Facebook, Twitter, and other social media, it is important that your employees know where the line is in what they can and cannot post online. We also recommend filtering software to manage content and websites you do not want employees visiting during work hours.
Most businesses carry some type of general liability insurance that would pay them if their building and the things in it were damaged. However, many businesses do not have enough coverage to replace all the IT assets e.g.: laptops, PC’s monitors etc. A good practice is to review your policy every year and keep in mind new IT additions and assets you have accumulated during that year.
To discuss how Kogo can help protect your IT infrastructure, give us a call on 01342 333000 or contact us at [email protected]