- Posted by Alliance Technologies
As a small business owner, did you know that your IT system is capable of reports that could help you to diagnose problems and in some cases, prevent major disasters?
You can “unlock” the potential of your IT system and monitor these critical factors:
Be sure to know if your patching is up-to-date—not only for your key operating systems but also your third party systems, Java, Adobe and any other application software. Unfortunately, the vast majority of systems are not kept up-to-date. When a patch fails—that’s how attackers get in. They exploit those vulnerabilities. Remember, the main purpose of patches is protection.
Know if your Antivirus is working and whether it’s up-to-date. It’s critical to know that your anti-spam and anti-malware are working and have not expired. There are many tools that guard against certain attack vendors. Take time to gain knowledge about your system and virus protection.
Understand the physical health of your machines. Did you know that it’s often possible to detect when a hard drive is going bad, or it’s going to overheat because a fan quit? Today, those metrics can be reported and warn you before it disaster strikes.
If the disaster does happen, are you confident that you have a backup? Confidence is knowing, not only that the backup occurred, but that you can restore effectively.
Know your risk
Once you’ve identified these critical aspects and points of failure in your IT system, you’ll want to develop a plan to help mitigate the risk. For a small business, having double servers, double ISPs and redundancy everywhere is not realistic. A better strategy is to take advantage of some of the tools and services currently on the market that will help you.
Partnering with a professional IT provider who can work with you to customize a plan is often the most cost effective option. Implementing the plan and reviewing the metrics on a regular basis will set you on a path for avoiding most of these unavoidable disasters!