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Risk #6: Whoa, back up

If you lost a significant chunk of your data right now, how much business would you lose as well? Too many businesses run without sufficient policies, plans and procedures for backing up critical data essential to their ability to operate. If your business depends on manual procedures that are executed inconsistently, you’re exposed to unnecessary losses; it’s time to look for automated backup solutions that are always at work – even when employees might be forgetful.

Risk #5: Show me the compliance

Sensitive data demands special attention. In fact, when you’re
in the financial services industry, the law obliges you to preserve client confidentiality – and demonstrate that you have processes in place to ensure compliance. Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), FINRA, FRCP, GLBA, FERC and other regulations demand more than just policies – they want evidence that these policies are in effect. The best way to prepare for a regulatory audit is to run regular compliance audits of your own that allow you to take corrective actions before your operation is called into account.

Risk #4: Printing (lost) money

Despite high hopes for the “paperless” office, the reality is that firms spend lots of money printing, faxing, copying and scanning paper documents. Consider the math: paper plus toner plus maintenance plus employee time, etc. It’s possible to bring these printing costs under control, but the first step is to discover who prints what, how often, and why. By monitoring your multi-function printers, you can limit access to authorized users, discourage unnecessary or wasteful usage, and encourage less-expensive options – such as scan to email or scan to file directories – that save time and money.

Risk #3: “Ghosts” in the machines

There may be “ghosts” haunting your networks – inactive users or inactive computers that remain part of your system, even if they are no longer contributing to your productivity. While the threat may not be immediately obvious, defunct computers represent an expense you don’t need to carry. Worse, inactive users may reflect open accounts (perhaps of people who are no longer employed by your business) that could present security holes for unauthorized access. Run audits that show you what’s active or not, then clean house – and close security loopholes – by burying the “dead” devices and accounts.

Risk #2: When IT can’t keep up, your business goes down

Smart firms and wise managers protect their critical networks with redundancy: backup servers and routers that are designed to kick in should the main system go down. But the contingency plan is only as good as the processes and practices behind them; should these be inoperative, your firm will not maintain continuity in an emergency. To safeguard your business, analyze your network before disaster strikes to be sure that your contingency technologies – such as your backup designated router or alternate domain control – are online and ready for action.

Risk #1: Hiding in the dark

You want to run your firm, not an IT department. While IT may
not be top of mind, it should never be out of sight. Lack of vision into the true status of your technology, and the quality of your defenses against attack or failure, may leave your firm vulnerable to disruption, legal consequences and loss of revenue. By implementing regular monitoring and review procedures, however, you can anticipate challenges before they become problems, and take adequate measures to ensure the smooth conduct of your firm.

Small and Medium Sized businesses face more complex IT systems

It’s not just about networked desktops anymore. In a survey of 132 small and medium sized businesses, Forrester Consulting found that 99% support at least one mobile operating system; approximately one-third embrace multiple mobile platforms. To manage these platforms,small and medium sized businesses need efficient ways to:

• Enforce strong password policies on all computing devices

• Automate backup and restore functions for all systems

• Restrict data, devices and applications to authorized individuals

• Deploy remote lock and wipe capabilities for all lost and/or stolen devices

Are you sure your IT is a sure thing?

We all depend on IT. Given the business stakes, it’s important our confidence is well-placed. Are you sure the technology you rely upon is adequately protected? In our experience, nine out of ten companies have undetected vulnerabilities that could lead to data disaster.

Take a moment to complete this quick self-analysis. If you cannot answer yes to every question, request our FREE network assessment to give yourself – and your firm – the confidence you deserve.

• Is your system cleared of ghost users and computers that waste resources and expose your network to unauthorized access?

• Can you verify that your data recovery and network restoration plans are operative and ready to work in an emergency?

• Do you have timely and actionable visibility into your IT status, so that you can intercept problems before they interrupt your business?

• Do you have timely and actionable visibility into your IT status, so that you can intercept problems before they interrupt your business?

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