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Nine Security Issues for Small Businesses

Image representing data secruity for colocation and hosting center.An onslaught of regulatory requirements, technological advances, and scrutiny over computer security has led to a significant shift in the way small business are expected to handle their customer’s data. Here, we take a look at the biggest issues that small to medium sized businesses need to get a grip on before they fall victim to a security hit.

Low-tech Theft

Low-tech theft is increasing as businesses replace paper records with computerized records. As a consequence, data thieves have more avenues in which to enter organizations and help themselves to their information.

Lost Devices

Another big concern is the loss of portable devices such as laptops, tablets, and even smartphones, which many companies and employees have come to rely on heavily. Stolen, lost, or missing devices offer one of the biggest security breaches. According to the US Department of Health, devices accounted for as much as 24% of all data security breaches last year.

Data Minimization

Data minimization is becoming increasingly more important for corporate computer security. Organizations have spent years collating information from their clients, only to find that much of it is useless (and therefore a liability). Expect to see more companies limiting the data they hold as a way to minimize security risks.

Increased Collaboration Risks

Many industries have begun to share data on a massive scale as more organizations merge or partner with one other. Unfortunately, data in transit is highly vulnerable to theft. Experts expect this area of vulnerability will be targeted by innovative cyber criminals in due course, if they haven’t started already.

Social Networking Policies

With mobile devices becoming commonplace, the line between our work lives and our social lives has already become blurred. This means that employees could become unwitting security risks when engaging on social media websites. Formal social network policies are sure to follow as companies seek to protect themselves.

Data Encryption Essential for Compliance

Data encryption is fast becoming the most essential caveat of computer security. It represents the best (but not the only) way to keep out malicious hackers. With states like Massachusetts and Nevada already insisting on data encryption as an essential item on compliance checklists, expect more states to follow suit soon.

Small-Scale Security Breaches

With healthcare entities now being compelled to report any breach that affects more than 500 people, we can expect to see a much higher reporting incidence.

Third-party Breach Notification Requirements

With more companies outsourcing data collection to third-party organizations, we can also expect much more stringent obligations in contractual agreements in order to make sure their data is protected.

6 Reasons to Outsource IT Through Managed Services

Image of managed hosting and coloTo remain competitive, businesses rely on technology to operate efficiently. However this increased reliance on IT structure has not resulted in an increase in the amount of IT staff; businesses must often do more with less. Managed Service Providers (MSPs) offer an affordable way for business to obtain advanced support and conserve their resources. Listed below are six reasons why your business should consider using an MSP.

Stay Focused on Your Core Business

IT resources are scarce, and managers have limited resources, time, and attention. By outsourcing, managers can stay focused on their core mission and avoid distractions from complex IT decisions.

Reduce Risk

When your application, server or network goes down unexpectedly, your revenue and productivity can be drastically affected. Outsourcing minimizes your risk because MSPs have industry-specific knowledge about security and compliance issues.


Increase Efficiency and Competitiveness

When organizations attempt to perform all IT services in house, they typically incur increased research, development and implementation time. These all lead to increased costs, which are ultimately passed on to the consumer.

Level the Playing Field

Most small businesses can’t match the in-house support services large companies maintain. Outsourcing provides smaller companies with access to the similar technology and expertise that large companies enjoy.

Reduce Labor Costs

Perhaps the most costly budget within your company is the IT department. Hiring and training IT staff is expensive, and temporary employees don’t always meet your expectations. Outsourcing allows you to focus your human resources on where they are needed the most.

Control IT Costs

Outsourcing converts fixed IT costs into variable costs and allows you budget effectively. Managers have complete authority on which services they’d like the MSP to handle. In other words, you only pay for what you use when you need it.