The conversation around business security tends to center around digital security — firewalls, emails, passwords, etc. While all those things are important, businesses have a lot to lose by not giving attention to physical security. Policies enforcing the workspace and other types of physical security arm your employees with the tools they need to keep your data and infrastructure safe from cybercriminals.
Everything has a usable lifespan, even computers and network hardware. Let me rephrase that ... especially computers and network hardware. In terms of business technology, knowing when something no longer serves its intended purpose is akin to knowing when its life cycle has run out. In this blog, I will be covering a few important things to know about the IT life cycle.
For years and years, meter readings have been at the core of print service offerings. If your business was working with a managed print provider, odds are that members of your internal team were responsible for regularly gathering meter readings and reporting those numbers to your provider. In turn, your provider used those readings to inform invoicing. And every quarter (or some other predetermined period of time) the cycle repeats.
Change is hard. No doubt about it. It’s not as easy as flipping a switch to alter your behavior. Change is a multi-stage process as researched and developed by renowned psychologist James Prochaska, who identified five distinct steps that lead toward successful personal change:
Common as it may be, the cloud tends to be a gray area for many business owners. Cloud computing is defined as the practice of using a network of remote servers, accessible via the Internet, to store, manage and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer. So basically, the majority of businesses use the cloud, whether or not they know what it is. For a more detailed and visual definition of the cloud, this infographic helps explain the concept of the cloud and its primary benefits.
Your company relies on many telecommunication services, from telephones and mobile devices to Internet connectivity and the IT infrastructure. No matter how important telecommunications is to your business, it is important to stay focused on your budget. Otherwise, telecom equipment and infrastructure maintenance costs might increase without you realizing it.
Picture this: you’re in a hurry to get to a meeting, and you send a print job to the printer. While it’s printing, you collect your meeting materials from your desk, and as you head off to the meeting you swing by the printer to grab your document. But the document doesn't meet your expectations. Still, the meeting's about to start and you rush off to avoid being late.
Is your small business protected from cyber attacks? As businesses continue to rely more and more on technological advances and integrate new technologies into their network, their risk continues to rise. As a whole, businesses are unaware of the many ways they are vulnerable, and cybercriminals know it. According to Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigation Report, 43 percent of cyber attacks target small businesses.
You sit down at a big folding card table, break the seal on a new cardboard jigsaw puzzle box and pour out all the pieces. Ah ... that new puzzle smell hits you as you immediately turn over every piece to see their colorful sides. The edge pieces are the first to get attention. They’re easy to identify with their flat edges. After the border is assembled, you dive into the middle—and the picture begins taking shape ...
For most businesses, down time equals waste. Whether down time is the result of natural disasters, software failure, human error or hardware failure, it's time spent not serving customers, making money or achieving business initiatives. Wasted time is a big business expense with very little chance of return.