Have you ever encountered a technology problem that you realized had been going on for quite a while? Your first reaction was probably, “How the heck did this get past IT?” It is a very frustrating experience, but many IT issues could be going unnoticed and when they are discovered, could have already done significant damage to your business. Don’t let these 4 scenarios catch you off guard!
- Failing Hardware or Batteries
Hardware fails all the time. In fact, it is a prime reason for failed backups at businesses. Batteries also begin to lose their lives often before we notice. To avoid this pitfall, utilize a great monitoring program to catch issues like failing hardware and other issues, and frequently check batteries in laptops and other devices to ensure that employee work is not lost. Have your IT staff or provider track these check-ups.
- Legacy Systems
Falling behind on upgrades for operating systems and software is a frequent issue for businesses. This can cause many problems for your organization; unsupported systems and programs that haven’t received their updates and patches can present major security problems to your users and customers. Have your staff or provider stay on top of needed upgrades and renewals in order to keep your business safe.
- Failing Backups
Backing up your data is key when it comes to protecting your business from the fallout of any disaster, but many companies’ backups fail on a daily basis and their IT departments or providers are unaware of this issue. Test your method regularly to make sure it is properly backing up all of your data and that you will be able to access it in the event of a data breach, disaster or theft.
- Malware and Invisible Attacks
Many attackers have become very sophisticated and are able to get into your systems, steal data and leave without being detected. Every day these criminals get smarter and find new ways to exploit businesses. Having a great monitoring system is key here, but making sure to stay up to date with security news and patches will greatly reduce the risk of having your data compromised.
Do you have the staff available to take care of these potential problems for your company? If not, consider partnering with a Managed Services provider. The best thing about outsourcing IT operations to a managed service provider is that they are efficient when it comes to keeping up-to-date information about business technology and can effectively monitor and proactively maintain your environment so that these issues do not adversely affect your business in the long run.
If you’re considering outsourcing to an IT services provider, give us a call. We can make sure that your IT environment is as secure and efficient as possible. You can count on us to make sure that all technical issues in your business are caught and dealt with right away.