SpartanTec, Inc. Columbia SC

(803) 408-7166

IT Services Columbia SCThere’s a certain level of risk every time you use information technology such as internet browsing, apps, or programs. No one wants their secure data to be compromised, however, technology offers a lot of benefits that the risks becomes worth it. So you check certain systems, create protocols, update your software, work with a reliable provider of IT services, and monitor the technology that you use at work.

But what about the technology that your employees are using that is not part of your original plan? Ware talking about cloud data storage, Excel macros, collaboration spaces, messaging apps, and even hardware such as smartphone storage, USB drives, as well as personal laptops that you have no control over.

This is referred to as the “shadow IT” and there are countless possible holes that need to be covered.

 

 

 

The Threat To Your Computer Security

 

Even if you don’t mind the dangers of having your data stolen, your accounts hacked, or even your websites vandalized, shadow IT could be inefficient. You have no control over it and that means you have no idea where crucial data is or what work is being accomplished. It will be difficult to avoid duplication of your computer security efforts and much harder to manage the productivity of your employees. So what should you do?

Well, the first thing that comes to mind is to crack down on those that use unauthorized technology when working. The truth is, you can’t stop this. You will just drive your staff to continue using unauthorized tech underground and they won’t be honest with you because they’re afraid of the consequences. So a compromise will happen and you’ll be the last person to know.

What you should do instead is monitor the situation and to improve your cybersecurity. Make it perfectly clear that you support your staff using the tools that they need to do their job as long as they inform you what these tools are. If your people begin using cloud storage apps, then that’s fine. However, you need to explain to them that they need to keep their data secure. Just as you provide them with the tools they need, make sure to help them secure their data.

 

Monitor Your Cybersecurity Efforts

 

You most likely can’t create a list of all the shadow IT that’s being used at your office right now but you can monitor them as they develop. Learn about the technology that’s being used and watch the news for compromises such as data breaches.

In some instances, you need to crack down on certain apps, devices, and programs that are being used at work because they’re risky. If you have worked with your staff and you’ve created good communication, then this should not be a problem. Always remember to stop blaming your staff when shadow IT starts to become an issue especially when they bring the problem to your attention. There is nothing wrong about asking your employee to stop using certain devices or programs as long as you are honest with them and you give them good reasons.

Lastly, stay optimistic. Shadow IT may be a bit risky but it also offers opportunities for staff to improve their productivity and try new best tech practices. If they are using a certain type of technology, it’s most likely doing something that your currently approved technology can’t offer. Additionally, they are showing self starter tendencies and attempting to be more effective at their job. And that is something that you should definitely support.

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now and let our team assist you in fortifying your network security and securing your devices against various online threats.

 

SpartanTec, Inc.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 408-7166
https://manageditservicescolumbia.com/

Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

 

Managed IT Services Columbia SCSmall businesses make up a substantial part of the economic landscape, but more than half report feeling less prepared than large ones to counter security threats. This is a wake up call to small businesses that it’s prime time to consider a managed IT security service option.

The security threats that come with technology advances like virtualization and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) are far too great to address with a below-par security posture. Stories abound in the small business world of a single phishing link infecting an entire business system, embarrassing the hapless employee and leaving the small business with limited recourse to respond to the threat.

Small Businesses, Big Cybersecurity Challenges

Small businesses tend to have fewer in-house IT resources than larger companies, both human and financial, which limits their ability to support 24/7 threat monitoring. In fact, less than a quarter of SMBs surveyed in a recent report have a person or department dedicated to cybersecurity.

The challenges of managing cybersecurity with limited, skilled headcount are exacerbated by the approach many small businesses take to cybersecurity; which is to invest in cybersecurity on an ad hoc basis as the network grows and new security threats arise.

 

 

The result is a hodge podge of cybersecurity tools that don’t easily share threat information and are difficult — if not impossible — to manage in an efficient, unified manner.

Lack of interoperability between products and inefficient management combine with poor overall network visibility to create big gaps in cybersecurity coverage — gaps a managed IT security Columbia SC provider can bridge. There are many ways to benefit from outsourcing cybersecurity to a managed IT services provider, including:

  1. Round-the-clock monitoring and data protection, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to detect threats and remove them before they wreak havoc across the network.
  2. More effective, consistent protection with customer-specific security protocols that streamline vulnerability patching and remove system infections with solutions that are compatible across virtual networks and hardware.
  3. More productive, in-house IT department — By removing the burden of managing complex cybersecurity activities on top day-to-day IT, a managed security provider frees small business IT teams to devote more time to strategic technology initiatives and supporting employees.
  4. Cost savings — Adding another services vendor to a business’s expenses may initially feel like a burden, but the savings incurred from preventing a security breach or malware attack are huge. Not to mention that a managed security provider has the expertise to align your cybersecurity solution with your business needs and budget.

Solutions In Sight

Of course, not all managed security providers are equal, and as an SMB, you need to be selective about working with a vendor that offers best-in-class technology and expertise.

SpartanTec, Inc. is a managed security service provider.  We help companies of all sizes maintain all or parts of their network security infrastructure.  We would love to talk with you about our services and see if there is a fit for us to partner together.  Still want to think about it?  Feel free to download this report, "WHAT EVERY BUSINESS MUST KNOW ABOUT PROTECTING AND PRESERVING THEIR COMPANY’S CRITICAL DATA AND COMPUTER SYSTEMS".

 

Call SpartanTec, Inc. now and let our team of IT experts set up the most effective cybersecurity strategy to protect your company's network, computer systems, and data.

 

SpartanTec, Inc.
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 408-7166
https://manageditservicescolumbia.com/

Serving: Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach, Columbia, Wilmington, Fayetteville, Florence

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