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Top Strategies for Catching Up on Technology

By: Total Computer Solutions

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The business world suffered a setback in 2020 due to the widespread global pandemic. Many companies shut their doors, bringing a halt to their IT projects. To ensure that your business can catch up in 2021, streamline your strategies to catch up with industry trends.

In your efforts to keep up with business trends, ask yourself the following questions:

  •    Did you delay IT projects in 2020?
  •    Are you exposed to cyber threats?
  •    Is your firewall up to date and able to protect your network?
  •    Are your servers warranties current and PCs and hardware up-to-date?
  •    Are you using the cloud to boost your security and productivity?

Here is what you can do to get back on track:

Complete your Pending IT Projects

In 2020, COVID-19 delayed companies' IT projects. It is essential to complete them in 2021 to maintain cybersecurity readiness and get back on track. Today, businesses rely on technology to carry out all their operations. The priority of your IT projects depends on your current business needs and growth plans.

1. Cybersecurity

In 2020, Ransomware increased rapidly, and many company networks were exposed to cyber threats. Now is the time to ensure that your network is protected and reduce exposure to phishing attacks. Some vital security services include;

  •    IT Assessment-- Start with an IT Risk assessment to develop a roadmap for the future.
  •    Implement a Virtual Private Network (VPN)--A VPN is a secure method of communication created by connecting private networks. These systems use encryption and other security features like Multi-Factor Authentication to ensure that only authorized users can access the network and that the data cannot be intercepted. Utilizing a VPN is an essential step in securing your network, keeping out hackers and data thieves, and connecting remote offices or users from home and the road.
  •    Installing a Firewall-- Firewalls enforce access control between networks in the risky environment of the public Internet. The firewall functions as the entry point to the network, blocking or permitting traffic. Firewalls not only block attacks, but they can alert network administrators when an attack is detected and track the data back to the malicious sender. 

2. Multi-Factor Authentication

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a method of controlled access that enables a second mode of authenticating a user along with the username and password. With the increased risk of cyber crime, it is important to implement MFA into your business and applications to secure vital information stored on workstations, phones, and software.

Some examples of authentication are fingerprints, key cards, voice and facial recognition. Authentication does not protect you again attacks, but it does help avoid any unwanted access to any devices and sometimes the physical location of a business.

Your data is the backbone of your business; it is important to invest in the strength of your network to keep it updated and protected. 

3. Cloud Computing

  • Can improve your overall cybersecurity posture
  • Increases scalability as your business grows and or evolves
  • Reduces the burden and risk of maintaining in-house infrastructure

Key Takeaway

Total Computer Solutions helps businesses catch up on projects, security, and their networks after being halted for an entire last year. We can help your business keep up with the current trends.

Contact us for a complimentary IT Risk Assessment to create a strategy for catching up in 2021 by calling 336.804.8449 or filling out the form here.