Introducing a remote network to your business’ IT infrastructure can have a variety of potential benefits. Not only can outsourcing your IT maintenance be a cost-effective alternative to handling all such matters in-house, but it can also allow your internal IT team to focus on other tasks.
However, as with most technologies, the security of your remote network is of paramount importance. Therefore, it is vital that you keep your remote network secure while using it to protect your business’ valuable properties.
Keeping Your Network Safe
Make sure your files are sufficiently backed up
Backing up your files is a crucial procedure to ensure there’s no major loss of information should a disaster strike. Occurrences such as random hardware failure, local power outages, or even hostile computer viruses can cause virtual content to become damaged, or even entirely lost.
However, by keeping copies of such content in a separate, secure location (often known as a BDR, or backup disaster recovery) any potential losses can be easily circumvented. Such BDRs can take a number of forms, such as an external hard drive or managed cloud storage.
Choosing the right backup method for your business is a highly personalized process that depends on what your business needs. Some would argue that hard drive backups are more dependable, however, cloud storage is a cutting-edge technology that is not only accessible but secure.
Backups are only as valuable as they are frequent, however. IT professionals recommend that backups are updated as often as possible to minimize the risk of setbacks should they need to be accessed.
Update your software regularly
Computer software regularly undergoes new iterations and rework to keep it running in top condition. As technology rapidly evolves, so are new exploits and bugs discovered. By updating your devices as soon as the option becomes available to you, you’ll effectively be negating any possible vulnerabilities in your business’ software infrastructure.
Hackers will often target (particularly small) businesses with the aim of stealing data, so it’s vital that you keep your remote network in the best condition possible. Many external IT network providers will handle this process on your behalf, but it’s worth making sure that it is taken care of.
Practice good safety procedures
The majority of security breaches stem from human error. The best way to keep your business’ IT infrastructure safe is by making sure that all employees log out if leaving their devices unattended, and not share their passwords with anybody.
This kind of security breach is also one of the most dangerous as it can stay undetected for a considerable length of time, and, as such, it can be difficult to accurately assess the extent of the damage done.
Maintaining a remote network for your business has a huge number of benefits, and, by practicing good IT safety, you can help keep your company’s files safe and secure. This process can save you time, money, and safeguard you from disaster should the worst happen.