How laptop encryption can protect your businesses sensitive data

 

Millions of Laptops are lost or stolen each year

5% of your businesses mobile devices will be stolen or lost. That’s the average for businesses. It’s worrying and expensive.

But what’s more distressing is the exposure of confidential company and customer data that’s stored on these devices. Your business could suffer catastrophic results.

Don’t worry though – there’s a simple tool in Windows 10 to protect your company and the data your business owns. It’s called encryption.

Laptop encryption encodes your sensitive data, so that only those who have the correct decryption key can access it. So, if your laptop is encrypted and it is lost or stolen, only those with the correct password can access your data.

Encrypting your laptops is the best way to protect your business from a data leak.

For more information about how to do this, get in touch with us today!

Ransomware attack

Business Owners Here’s how to spot a ransomware attack before it hurts your business.

One of the most dangerous things that can happen to your business is a ransomware attack.

Automated processes take control of your computers and encrypt all your data, and lock you out. They won’t undo the encryption unless you pay a big fee. Your business is held for ransom.

The reason they can do so much harm is they quietly break into your system a long time before the attack is launched. The one upside of this is you can keep an eye out for symptoms you’ve been breached if you know what to look for.

Here are three ways you can check to see if hackers are already in your network.

Contact Durham IT Services for assistance or for more information!

IT Budget Planning

With the world upside down, there has never been a better time to think about your Small Business IT budget.

In this article, we will outline where your budget can provide the best return on investment. Have a read through then contact us for a free IT assessment!

Staff Computers and Laptops

Probably the most significant allocation of the budget should go towards new or upgraded hardware.  This is a combination of replacing systems that have reached the end of life and systems that go faulty.

Most laptops and desktop computers last from 3 to 5 years before a replacement or upgrade is required.  Leaving the replacement period longer will have a negative “unseen” impact on your business in the form of lost productivity.

As time goes on, computer systems will slow down – and if staff have slower systems to work on, they won’t get as much work done.  It won’t be noticeable until a point is reached with a PC system becomes unusable.

Other hardware to budget for is potential servers and network equipment.  Again similar to PC’s 3-5 years is a good time to factor in renewal.

Software Licensing and Subscription

In the old days of IT, there was always a large upfront cost to software for business.  However, cloud solutions such as  Microsoft 365 have embraced the subscription model.

Now instead of paying a large chunk of money for a copy of Microsoft Office, a small subscription fee is charged per user per month.

This has two benefits – the first is that there is no high cost when you take on new staff and the second is that it allows you to be flexible in your approach to software licensing in your business.

Internet Connectivity

A good high speed internet line is critical for any business to work well.  Some companies even factor in built-in redundancy with more than one internet line to their office.  The beauty of a solution like this is that you can combine the lines for increased speed and if a line ever fails, you’ve got the other as a backup.

Business-grade lines usually come at a higher price than a standard home line.  This comes down to service level agreements with the internet provider.  If a fault is found or a line goes down, it’s in contract with the provider that they’ll have an escalation of 4 hours or less to fix the issue.

IT Support & Management

Most important in any IT budget is the support and management of the IT infrastructure.

Who is going to maintain and support the technology in your business?  Sometimes this is provided by an in house IT specialist depending on the business size.  However, most companies with staff headcount from 5-50 in size prefer to outsource their IT support and management to a company just like ours.

The main benefit of an outsources IT service offering is that you are working with experts in the field.  If a problem occurs, it’s fixed quickly and with a predictable cost attached to the service every month.

If you would like to find out more about how to budget your IT and are looking for an outsourced IT support provider, then we might just be the answer.  Give us a call at (905) 231-1303 or through our contact form!

Small Business IT

I’ve been providing IT Services for more than twenty years now (Ouch!), and I’ll tell you the one thing I’ve had to overcome more than anything when talking to new clients is the bad taste they have because their past support company did things wrong.

It service and support can be an excellent experience for companies who don’t have huge budgets when IT support and service is done right.