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Secure Your Business in 2021

Man in a business suit using the cloud for storage, data, shopping, etc.

Man in a business suit using the cloud for storage, data, shopping, etc.

The beauty of a new year is that it’s a fresh start, so make a resolution to get your business IT more secure. This could be something as simple as embracing two-factor authentication instead of relying on password-only authentication.

Password Updates

At the very least encourage your employees to change their passwords regularly. Nearly everyone these days has dozens of online accounts but only two or three unique passwords. So, it’s a good idea to require your people to update their passwords regularly. That way, if a site such as LinkedIn suffers a data breach, you aren’t vulnerable because of an employee’s duplicated password

Windows 7 – End Of Life

Also, whether in the office or while working from home, there may still be employees signing in to computers running Windows 7. This operating system reached “end of life” on January 14, 2020. That means Microsoft is no longer updating the software. Hackers know that, too, so sticking with the old system could make your company vulnerable to cyberattacks.

Cloud Migration

There is also the option of cloud migration. COVID-19 prompted businesses that might have been putting off cloud migration to move up their timetable, but some use virtual private networks or other remote access to enable work from home. Unfortunately it doesn’t look like we’ll be back in the office full-time and at full-force as we enter 2021, so this is also a good time to revisit the idea of cloud computing.

Tackle Long-Term Issues

End-of-year downtime provides an opportunity to review any long-standing IT problems. Evaluate how much time or productivity was lost in 2020 while troubleshooting IT issues. It’s a good idea to proactively plan your backup strategy and set up for disaster recovery. That way, if the worst does happen in 2021, you’re ready.

Keep your business secure and up to date with the help of a managed service provider. We’ll make sure you’ve got the best technology for your needs. We manage and monitor your IT tools, too. You stick to what you do best, and our experts will focus on your IT. Contact us today at (651) 686-0515 or fill out our contact form!