When you’re running a small Tucson business, it can be tempting to use consumer technology to try to save on expenses. But using hardware that’s not designed for business use for your company can have some costly consequences.
It’s easy for a small business to get stuck doing things “the way we’ve always done them,” and end up missing out on technology advances.
They may drag their feet because of fear about learning a new workflow or being afraid that their business may suffer. But statistics show that just the opposite is true when companies break free of older processes and embrace the new capabilities that technology has to offer.
When it comes to data protection, it can feel like you’re playing whack-a-mole because there are so many areas were information can be at risk.
Device access to cloud data can be compromised, confidential data can be accidentally shared (oops!), or ransomware can get in from a successful phishing attack or an account being hacked.
Where should you focus your data protection efforts?
Today’s IT security needs to largely be focused on cloud platforms, because that’s where the data is!
From the grandpa dancing to an 80’s jam to the guy using cups as shoes, TikTok can seem harmless enough and has millions enamored with short and entertaining video clips.
The pandemic has added to the popularity of the app, providing a new entertainment outlet, and for some businesses, an innovative and inexpensive way to reach customers in lockdown. The app had over 315 million installs in the first quarter of 2020 alone.
But… everything hasn’t been rosy in the TikTok world. Just as many people have discovered a new toy, the U.S. may end up banning the app due to security concerns.
Is Shadow IT Lurking Around Your Office? How to Address it the RIGHT Way
There’s a hidden danger in many companies that people may look past every day, not even realizing it’s there. But it ends up growing in the shadows putting their data security at risk.
This danger may initially take root when an employee sees an interesting cloud app online, like a task manager. They decide to use it to make their workflow more productive.
Then another employee is working from home one day and realizes they can’t get into a CRM they normally use, so they find another one and begin putting customer data into that. Before you know it, shadow IT has spread throughout your organization.
Shadow IT is the description of applications being used by employees without the knowledge of or clearance of a company’s IT team or IT partner. They’re apps that an organization may not even realize are being used with business data, so they’re outside any managed services, backups, or cloud strategies.
7 Devastating Ways You Can Lose Data from Your Cloud Services
Do you feel safe and secure that nothing will happen to your data because it’s in the cloud? Unfortunately, it might not be as safe as you think.
It’s easy to get a false sense of security when using cloud platforms because your data is available from anywhere, you can access it from any device, and those cloud services, like Microsoft 365, have uptime guarantees, right?
While all those things might be true, that also may not protect you from cloud data loss.
Services like Microsoft also warn users that if they don’t back up their cloud data with a 3rd party service, that it could be lost. Only, the warning is buried deep in their services agreements, which most users don’t read.
If you think you’ve got it made in the shade and don’t need any cloud service management or backup, you could end up with some devastating data loss because you weren’t properly protected.