Get the Technology Your Company Requires

The hardware that makes up your business’ IT infrastructure can be difficult to manage–particularly if that’s not where your specialty lies. While the first step to having a successful IT strategy is to have the proper hardware, acquiring it can be rather challenging at times, especially if your business doesn’t have an in-house IT department. Sometimes an outsourced approach is the best way to gain the best tech for your goals.

 

What Counts as Major Hardware?

The major pieces of hardware your organization needs to stay active are complex machines with a lot of moving parts. These include server units, workstations, and the networking components that tie everything together. These are all considered major parts of your IT infrastructure, and if you’re not careful when acquiring them, you may accidentally implement the wrong solution–one that holds you back from your business’ true potential. This is particularly important, as many of these components and machines have interoperability with each other that will only work when implemented properly.

 

What Counts as Minor Hardware?

An IT infrastructure includes more than just your computers and network. It also includes all of the smaller devices that are important to day-to-day functionality. This includes your computer mouse, keyboard, USB dongles, and other devices that might be used with your computer. Having the right devices can go a long way toward helping your business be as productive as can be.

 

Hardware Procurement Helps

The major hardware providers and big-box retailers certainly aren’t going to help you get the most out of your hardware, as they benefit if your IT solutions fail prematurely and you have to buy something new. Professional consultants or an in-house IT department that know your business inside and out are your only responsible options. Considering the immense cost of hiring an internal IT department makes outsourcing this responsibility to a trusted provider preferable. VentureNet can work with your business and ensure that any tech acquired by your business will suit it just fine.

 

To learn more, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Cloud Computing Can Be Very Beneficial

The cloud is helping businesses around the world break their own boundaries and achieve new heights, but not all businesses will utilize the cloud in the same way. Are you using the cloud to its greatest potential? We’ll help you determine what the best options are for your organization to take advantage of cloud-hosted computing solutions.

 

If implemented the right way, the cloud can make your business more mobile, scalable, and dynamic through the use of additional features and options that didn’t exist in the past.

 

The Cloud is Flexible

If you want your business’ employees to be more flexible with their devices, then the cloud is a great option. One way you can make this happen is by using a Voice over IP application for use on your desktop and mobile device. While it can work with a headset on-site, it can be used like a traditional telephone while out of the office on a mobile application. This gives your employees the ability to take their work into their own hands on their own terms, empowering them to get more work done.

 

The Cloud is Scalable

If your business is rapidly growing, the cloud can help you adapt to the number of employees you have both now and in the future. You can actively control how many employees have access to cloud-based software or data. To use VoIP as an example once again, Voice over IP can be used to add new employee phone numbers or extensions in much the same way as a traditional phone system, minus installing all of the cables and wires. All you have to do is add an account, assign an extension, and make sure that the user has a device to use for it. Since the solution is hosted in the cloud, as long as the user has an account, any cloud-hosted software solution can be accessed and scaled to your specific needs.

 

The Cloud Has Lots of Neat Features

Whether you’re itching for real-time collaboration or feature-rich communication solutions, the cloud can provide it all to create an outlet where you can get more work done in a more convenient way. To use the above example once again, VoIP can combine various communication tools that make meetings much easier–instant messaging, video conferencing, and more. Ultimately, the features provided by cloud computing are designed to help your team be more collaborative and communicative as a whole, resulting in a higher caliber of work quality.

 

Not all businesses require the same kind of cloud. It all depends on whether you have an in-house IT department or outsource your maintenance to a third party. The public cloud is a fine way to use the cloud, but it lacks the customization and control you would have with a private cloud hosted on-site. Alternatively, you could implement a hybrid cloud–a combination between the two can give you a customized cloud solution designed exclusively for use by your organization.

 

To learn more about the benefits of cloud computing, give VentureNet a call at 214-343-3550.

How Service Offerings Can Save Your Precious Capital

Managing and maintaining the plethora of solutions your business depends on can be challenging, to say the least. For some businesses, however, the most difficult part of using multiple solutions can often be not just managing them, but paying for them. Thankfully, there is a great service out there that uses the cloud to make all of this easier for small businesses.

 

The “as a service” model is much different from your traditional solution acquisition. Take, for example, software procurement. In the past, you may have needed to purchase the software outright. This included purchasing a software license for each user and downloading it onto every single workstation it needed to be on. This can be both costly and time-consuming–two factors that certainly don’t help a small business out. The cloud makes this process much easier and cost-efficient.

 

First among these benefits is the price associated with them. Obtaining licenses can be considered a large up-front cost, but the “as a service” model allows you to budget out the payments and turn them from a capital expense into an operational expense. The key benefit to this is flexibility and scalability. Since these services can be accessed through the cloud on any device, it is easy to set up new accounts and remove users when they are no longer needed. While the business model does wind up being more expensive over time, the flexibility provided makes sure that you’re not wasting money by having licenses sitting around when they are not being used.

 

The main draw of this “as a service” model is how well it works with not just software, but other aspects of your business’ operations. If you can transform something into a monthly payment, then you can make it into an “as a service” solution. Here are a couple examples of how businesses save by using this approach:

 

  • Hardware as a Service (HaaS): Hardware is extremely expensive. If you are looking to get modern technology without busting your budget, considering a Hardware as a Service strategy is a solid strategy.
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS):If managing your own cloud and network hardware sounds like a drag, then infrastructure as a service can be a fit for your organization. It’s particularly helpful if you don’t have an in-house IT department to manage it all.
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS):Some organizations need the ability to develop, run, and maintain their own platforms and software solutions in the cloud. This is what platform as a service aims to accomplish.

 

Again, the beauty of the “as a service” model is just how flexible it is. It can be applied to just about any situation your organization might encounter, turning capital expenses into operational expenses. The end result is more expendable assets to use on other initiatives at any given time, which is quite a valuable prospect for some organizations with limited budgets.

 

To get started with “as a service” offerings with VentureNet, give us a call at 214-343-3550.

Phishing Attacks and How to Thwart Them

For twenty years, hackers have tried to breach organization’s networks by finding or breaking holes in the network’s perimeter, or in exposed servers. This led to the cybersecurity industry creating software designed specifically to stop these threat actors in the act. This, in essence, created a situation where the perimeter of an organization’s network was extremely hard to breach. The problem was that as soon as something was able to get through the outer defenses, there was no end to the devastation a hacker could cause inside a network.

 

This caused a shift in the way that hackers went about their dastardly business. Since they couldn’t gain access the “old-fashioned way” they needed a new strategy. As a result, using the resources at their disposal, hackers began to use people with access to the network to let them in. This strategy, sometimes called social engineering, created deceptions that pulled the wool over user’s eyes and provided exactly what they were looking for: a way in. Today’s hacker has his/her sights firmly targeted on the users of the secure computing network and it is leading to unprecedented levels of devastation for users and businesses, alike.

 

What Is Phishing?

The strategy is as old as war: if one avenue of attack is blocked, you have to try and attack the flanks. In this case the flanks are the users that have access to a network. You see, users are susceptible to all manner of different ploys. Hackers get them to click on links for free software, they masquerade themselves as people in authority, and they send people direct messages that only the well-trained person would ignore and report. Moreover, some users type their personal access credentials into fraudulent forms. The phishing attack is one part fraudulent ruse, and one part belligerent lack of diligence. Together, these two problems can be trouble for any organization.

 

A phishing attack can come at any time and can affect any organization. This is because hackers flood email, instant messaging, or any other method of computer-based communication to expose as many people as possible. No matter what industry you work in, there is a very strong chance that your organization is being phished at this very moment. That’s mainly because most phishing messages are sent in mass campaigns designed to flood so many inboxes that the chances that someone makes a mistake is extraordinarily high. In fact, nearly four-out-of-five businesses and nine-of-ten nonprofits have seen phishing emails over the past two calendar years.

 

What Can We Do?

Unfortunately, if someone makes the grave mistake of falling victim of a phishing attack, you are going to be forced to deal with that situation. If the threat that’s unleashed by a successful phishing attack happens to be ransomware, you’ll have a whole other set of problems on your hands. These unfortunate scenarios don’t have to happen, however, as a companywide strategy to protect against phishing can work to reduce the chances that malware ravages their network.

 

So, how do you go about strategizing the changes you have to make, exactly? The first thing you have to do is identify where your business is getting spammed. Is it through email? Social media? Instant messaging? Truth is, that your business probably deals with all manners of phishing attacks, but when the downtime from training approaches the downtime you’ll see as a result of a malware attack, the value of the training may be hard to swallow.  As a result, when you begin to outline a strategy that will keep these annoying and possibly-disastrous attacks at bay, you’ll definitely want to identify exactly what information you absolutely need your staff to know.

 

Once that is done. You can start training your staff. Here are some pointers:

 

  1. Hackers that deploy phishing attacks are suckers for the dramatic. They typically including upsetting or exciting statements to emotionally connect with a victim. This gets the victim to react hastily; and, often can get people to hand over their usernames, passwords, personal financial information, social security numbers, and a lot of other sensitive personal information. You’ll want to teach your employees to avoid clicking on links inside emails.
  2. It’s not really a surprise that a lot of people share a lot of information online. If they are like many of us, they spend a lot of time there. It’s easy to forget that the Internet is a much more dangerous place than the street. Generally, people should approach sharing ANY personal information over the Internet with a heavy dose of skepticism. You’ll want to teach your staff to be suspicious of any email or message that comes from people they don’t know, or that demand their immediate attention. Everyone knows that if someone wants something done immediately, it will come from someone the person knows; and that they’ll very likely get some type of direct correspondence with very specific instructions. All other messages are probably spam. You may also want to mention that they shouldn’t ever provide sensitive information in an email. While this will absolutely help them avoid getting phished, it will also go a long way toward keeping their personal information as secure as possible.
  3. The prominence of e-commerce and online marketing has made it so most people are inundated with situations where they could buy something online instead of going out to a specialty store to get the good or service. One problem with this is that all the information that the seller collects on you is then theirs. This is all personal information that needs to be secured away from access to the masses. Be sure that you teach your employees to only utilize secure connections and websites to provide information. You can tell a website is properly secure when the protocol bar reads “https:/…” The “s” stands for secure. Secure connections, on the other hand, are a little more tricky. Asking employees to stay away from public, unsecured networks for banking, shopping, or anything that requires giving over personal information, is a good strategy.

 

If you touch on these basics, they’ll be more informed, and more apt to keep your business’ information out of the hands of hackers.

 

What else?

Some other tips that you should pass along to your staff include:

 

  • If you double-click the “lock” icon found in the address bar of your browser when visiting secure sites, you can see the website’s security certificate. If it doesn’t show or you get a warning that the certificate doesn’t match the site, don’t bother.
  • Even though phishing emails are getting more elaborate, the lion’s share of them aren’t personalized at all. Vague messaging asking for action is a huge red flag that you are dealing with a phishing attack.
  • Since phishing attacks can use spoofed URLs (or what seem like spoofed URLs) you’ll want to authenticate that any message that looks legitimate, is, before clicking on any link or opening any extension.

 

Today, training is mandatory for any business looking to properly secure its network and infrastructure. If you would like more information about phishing, the risks your outfit faces, and any other network security question you may have, contact the IT professionals at VentureNet today at 214-343-3550.

How To Order the Items on Your To-Do List

Being in business today means that you have a lot on your plate, it’s as simple as that. Yet, with so many tasks piling up, it can be challenging to prioritize them all so you can figure out where to start. Below, we go over some strategies you can use to make sense out of all the tasks you have on your day and reach a point of productivity.

  1. Eliminate Non-Starters

If you are not currently able to work on a particular task, it shouldn’t be on your to-do list. Therefore, you need to identify which of your compiled tasks you are actually able to complete, and which you can’t do for reasons outside of your control. Once you have determined these, remove them from your to-do list consideration, or make a point of following up on them. These kinds of tasks will likely only frustrate you and slow you down.

  1. Rank Your Tasks by Importance and Urgency

Let’s all be honest here – there are tasks that we all just don’t want to do, which means that there is going to be the temptation to procrastinate doing them until the very last possible moment, hoping that we’ll have the time when it’s down to the wire. However, there are also tasks that unequivocally must be done within a certain timeframe. Yet, even when these two categories overlap, the urge is still there to push back the unwanted task. Resist it – the negative consequences of missing a deadline would be far worse than some frustration now.

  1. Determine a Task’s Value

This is related somewhat to the importance and urgency consideration. What item on your to-do list will deliver the greatest benefit to the company as a whole, and a bit more importantly, to your clientele? Alternatively, which task will cause the greatest fallout if it isn’t completed in a timely fashion? By comparing each item on your list to one another in this way, you can arrange them so that the work gets done in the order it needs to.

  1. What Does the Boss Want?

What does the person immediately above you in the company hierarchy see to be the priority? Whether or not you necessarily agree with them is moot. They are in charge, so if they want things to be done in a certain way, or certain objectives to take precedence over others, that is their prerogative. This is not to say that you necessarily do things in the order they tell you without question, either. If you see a way to do things that is better, pitch it to them – just make sure you have your counterpoints prepared for the ensuing fallout.

This deciding factor works at all levels of an organization, from entry all the way up to the executive suite. After all, the boss’ boss in any organization is, to a point, the customer.

  1. What Are You Ready to Tackle?

It is also important to remember that you’re only human, and there are going to be those days that you just aren’t ready to dive into a big, important project first thing. Knowing your own limits and working style will help you to understand how your time is best spent, which is really the most important factor to productivity.

On a related note, you also want to remember that businesses are dynamic things, and you may suddenly be presented with an urgent, high-priority task – something that your team needs right now. Remaining adaptable and able to pivot between responsibilities is an important talent to develop in business.

Again, it is all about the work that you are prepared to do in the moment. If small tasks need to take precedence over large ones because that’s the only way anything will get done, so be it.

Once you’ve settled on your list, VentureNet can help you execute on it with a variety of IT services and solutions. For more information, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Managed Service Providers Deliver Value

There can be no denying the opportunity that comes from using managed IT services, particularly in regard to how much you can save in both time and resources. Before managed IT services, businesses would often have to settle for unreliable and expensive IT assistance, but there are better alternatives these days that businesses cannot just benefit from, but flourish with. In other words, managed IT is capable of creating immense value for your business.

The Alternatives to Managed IT

We say “alternatives,” but honestly, they aren’t exactly the most viable options for your organization. There are generally two types of IT management alternatives to managed IT: hiring an in-house IT department, and break-fix IT. The issue with hiring an in-house IT department is that not all businesses have the assets to make this happen. Trained IT professionals aren’t the most affordable resources, which makes some businesses content to just rely on non-trained professionals to make sure maintenance and management happens–a risky venture to say the least.

In an attempt to find a viable alternative to hiring internal IT help, businesses utilize break-fix IT, but this is hardly a more useful or helpful solution. Break-fix is far from the cost-effective solution that businesses seek. Rather than solving the problem at its roots, it only solves the short-term issues that you might be having, not taking preventative measures to make sure they don’t happen again.

Both of these options are not adequate for a modern business that hopes to be self-sustaining in the long run. This is where managed IT comes in.

 

The Benefits of Managed IT

Technology management is made easy by working with a managed IT provider. Here are some of the ways that managed IT can provide value for your organization:

  • Less downtime:Any time spent not working as intended is considered downtime for your business, and it should be prevented as often as possible. Managed IT aims to make issues more preventable, which means that if you’re taking advantage of it, you’ll experience less downtime.
  • Fewer costs:Hardware and software can be expensive, so a business that wants to save money in the long run will try to cut corners and costs as frequently as possible in this area. If your hardware experiences fewer issues thanks to proactive maintenance, you’re spending less money over time, improving the value you receive from your assets. This also means you’re not footing an expensive repair bill as frequently, as well.
  • Increased flexibility:Managed IT generally includes a remote service component. This means that your organization can get IT support without the technician being on-site. This keeps your costs to a minimum, and you can enjoy IT support whenever you need it without having to wait around for a technician to show up.
  • More time:Managing IT is a time-consuming task. If you don’t have someone handling it full-time, work can build up and eventually create issues. For example, if technology isn’t receiving proper management, you can forget about implementing new solutions to improve operations. The same can be said for the reverse, as well. If you’re too focused on implementing new solutions, you don’t have time for general maintenance. Managed IT essentially gives you more time, as you don’t have as many responsibilities to work around and can instead focus on making more money for your business.

To get started with managed IT today, reach out to VentureNet at 214-343-3550.

Is Your Organization Ready for a Disaster?

While not every business needs to worry about hurricanes, the same can’t be said for other kinds of disasters out there. Tornadoes, fires, and other natural disasters could strike at any moment depending on geographical location, but if you’re prepared, you can limit the influence these events have on your organization’s future.

 

Research Your Threats

Disaster scenarios require having a comprehensive business continuity plan on-hand to ensure your organization can take any hit possible. Depending on where your business is located, you’ll have a specific set of threats that you’ll need to be prepared for. Environmental influences are known to create 30 percent of all downtime incidents; this number includes flooding, hurricanes, humidity, extreme temperature/weather, and so on. Do some research and think about what kind of environmental threats might exist in your location.

Of course, there will always be threats beyond your control, so you should have ways to identify when a disaster–no matter how small–goes unnoticed. A monitoring system will help you detect and prevent a disaster before it becomes too costly. Downtime costs have increased by about 38 percent in the past eight years, so it’s critical that you prepare now before something unexpected happens. After all, hurricanes are only growing more powerful and dangerous, as the average precipitation has increased by roughly 70 percent over the years.

 

Prepare for the Worst-Case Scenario

Imagine your worst-case scenario and take measures to counteract it. In most cases, it’s going to include an off-site data backup solution that stores your data in multiple locations outside of your office. This solution aims to make it impossible to destroy all copies of your data in the wake of a disaster.

Of course, this only applies to your data, but what about the resources that use this data to keep your business moving: your employees? You need to have communications put into place to make sure that all of your employees can stay in touch with management to ensure they are safe. You also need a system in place to make sure your business’ clients are aware of what’s happening so they can expect services or communications to be rendered inoperable for the time being. Extra provisions in the office also make it so that anyone stuck inside for an extended period of time won’t be stuck without supplies they might need.

 

Get Back in Action

Once you have your plan fully outlined, the next step is to figure out how you will get back in action following a disaster event. This includes minimizing downtime and making sure your employees have the tools needed to work, whether it’s from a temporary office or a remote location. VentureNet can help by equipping your business with data backup and disaster recovery tools, as well as technology to work remotely when the time comes. To learn more, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.

Look to Technology to Shift Your Business’ Prospects

For the average small business, technology use isn’t always a make-or-break scenario. Sure, there are some technologies that everyone uses nowadays. Inventory and point of sale systems, social media, and wireless Internet are some that you’ll often find used by small businesses. If, as small business owner, your plan was to enhance your company’s exposure to technology, cost may temper your expectations. Today, we look at some solutions that would be useful to your business, but will they break your budget?

Before we start going through solutions, we just want to point out that technology doesn’t have to be expensive to be effective, but it often is. We understand that some businesses need it more than others, but we feel as it is our responsibility to introduce companies to technology options that they may not have considered, either because they didn’t know about them, or didn’t see how they will fit in for their business.

One way that technology can work to improve any business is though putting it in a position to take in more revenue. In fact, one study conducted by Bain & Company found that companies that embraced digital transformations to their business grew by an average of 14 percent, of which 83 percent enhanced their profit margins, while less than half of companies that didn’t modernize increased theirs. It gives you some perspective just how useful a technology transformation can be.

 

What is Digital Transformation?

Digital transformation is exactly what it sounds like. For the business that wants to embrace technology, a digital transformation typically constitutes a complete shift in the way that it deploys technology. Some of the technology includes solutions that enhance mobility, connect people remotely, promote hyperconvergence, and virtualize data and infrastructure.

To totally transform your business into a business of the information age, it’s important that decision makers and stakeholders understand that digital transformation isn’t just some IT project. It is very much a core transformation of the business and the way that it functions.

It’s no secret that many small and medium-sized businesses struggle with technology implementation. More specifically, they struggle with the cost. Budgetary constraints can put a major damper on your company’s technology deployments. As with anything though, it is important to give the projects that you choose to implement the respect that they deserve.

A business that tries to get by with poorly implemented and cheap systems, will get poor results. It becomes important then for any company that is looking to implement solutions that will transform the way it conducts business to do its due diligence and understand what the costs of implementing a specific technology are. By knowing the cost, what the benefits are, how long they will take to deploy, how long they will take to show results, and what your project ROI is expected to be, you can go into any major technology project with the confidence to know that what you are doing is the right thing; and, that it will ultimately improve your business.

 

Keys to a Successful Digital Transformation

Beyond the variables listed above, you’ll have to begin to understand just how valuable data can be. For the business that has embraced this digital transformation, it won’t take long to establish the fact that managing all the data that you collect is going to be a major undertaking. To mitigate issues for your IT staff, or outsourced IT provider, starting in places that sets the groundwork for all other digital projects is probably the most effective way to go about facilitating a top-to-bottom digital transformation of your business. This means that you should outline the entire transformation beforehand. Since it is a time-consuming process–and often comes with some major hiccups–having very specific objectives of what you want to do, and what you want to improve with your technology, is essential.

You’ll then want to start with the applications you already use. While a digital transformation is largely a series of technology projects with one goal in mind, by starting with the applications you know and use, you can get the project off to a good, positive start. If you start elsewhere, you could find that you will have solutions that don’t work properly and will have to waste valuable capital finding solutions for situations that didn’t need to pop up in the first place.

Moreover, your existing applications and infrastructure are the predominant part of your IT infrastructure, in some cases up to 85 percent of it. This will continue to be true after migration, so getting the bulk of your IT over to your new digital system will go a long way toward easing your mind and keeping budget overruns from ripping apart what should be a pretty solid ROI.

The IT professionals at VentureNet know that any major change to your business can make even the most hardened owner anxious. Our technicians can help your business innovate, while also providing optimized infrastructure support, automation support, and help build a strong plan to protect your new digital infrastructure from threats. Call us today for more information at 214-343-3550.

Cloud-Based Email is Extremely Valuable

The cloud has helped a lot of businesses overcome the boundaries set by the physical workplace. Employees can access data and applications on a variety of devices that were previously thought to be nothing but time-wasters, allowing for an improved workplace experience and much more flexibility. In particular, cloud-based email allows for enhanced connectivity between your organization’s internal and external resources.

Of course, moving to a cloud-based email solution might seem a little intimidating–especially if you’ve never dealt with a cloud-based service before. We’ll help you make the jump with four tips and tricks to consider for this process.

How is Your Email Being Hosted?

First, you have to determine whether the solution will be hosted in your own personal on-site cloud or if a service provider will host it. If you opt out of managing your own cloud-based email solution, you’ll have to determine if a public cloud is the best place for your email, or if you’d rather have it hosted privately by another provider.

Be Sure to Include Archiving and Backup

If you’re not taking advantage of archiving and backups for those archives, you could be putting your business in jeopardy. What if you ever have to refer back to past emails to determine who said what in the event of a disaster? You should be sure that you are routinely archiving your emails, as well as backing up those archives to make sure they are always available when you need them.

Don’t Forget About Security

If you’re storing your organization’s email infrastructure online in the cloud, you’ll have to worry about the security of it. Make sure that it’s protected–a firewall, antivirus, and especially encryption. With the amount of sensitive information found in most inboxes, you need to keep it secure.

Consider the Devices Used

When choosing an email solution, you should think about which devices will be accessing it. Most of the common email applications out there, including Gmail, Microsoft Outlook, and so on, will have mobile applications that can be downloaded to devices for on-the-go access. After all, if you’re implementing cloud-based email to improve access, you want to make sure your employees actually have access to it.

To learn more about how your business can take advantage of cloud-hosted email solutions, reach out to us at VentureNet.

3 Stats that Show Just How Important Data Backup Is

Whenever we get the chance, we emphasize the importance of having a business continuity plan. The bigger your business, the more important it is to have a comprehensive plan in place–and when your business loses data, it’s losing countless opportunities in the future. Your business’ future is on the line, and if you don’t take steps to protect it now, you could lose everything you’ve worked so hard to attain in the blink of an eye. Here are some of the most surprising statistics regarding data backup and disaster recovery.

Statistic #1: 75% of Small Businesses Don’t Have a Continuity Policy

It doesn’t matter what kind of business you run. It could be a small mom-and-pop shop or a large business, the importance of continuity is still the same. Ultimately, it comes down to the possibility of a major setback. If you don’t have continuity, you might have to close down for a few days until conditions have improved (if they improve).

Imagine the following scenarios:

  • Let’s say you run a deli or other similar small business. The hardware on your payment card system crashes and you lose your customers’ financial information. How do you think they would react to this? It might not be stolen, but the situation doesn’t help anyone.
  • You run a small retail business with several employees. What if one of them checks their email and clicks on a link, installing malware on the computer in the process? Something simple like this can be devastating for a business.

A comprehensive data backup strategy can help you combat threats to your business’ continuity. Everything from hardware failure to employee sabotage should be considered for this plan. In other words, you’re preparing for a worst-case scenario, and no stone should be left unturned.

Statistic #2: Over Half of Companies Have Experienced Downtime Lasting Longer Than a Full Work Day in the Last Five Years

Downtime can end even the strongest business. If you experience operational downtime on a regular basis, you’re not producing anything during that time. This also means that nobody is making sales, and you’re paying people to do nothing. From the perspective of data recovery, if you don’t have your data backed up and ready to be restored, downtime is a business killer. If you don’t have data, you can’t get much done.

Redundancy is a key factor for business continuity. A BDR solution provides a network-attached device that can both back up local data and push it to the cloud. This means that it can be found in either location in the event of a disaster, improving the odds of recovering swiftly.

Statistic #3: Nearly 77% of Malware-Compromised Organizations in 2017 Were Hit By “Fileless” Malware

It’s no surprise that the spread of malware has evolved over the past decade, growing more sophisticated and more difficult to handle. There have been times in the past where antivirus solutions and firewalls have failed to handle some of the more recent additions to hackers’ repertoires of threats, resulting in stolen data and corrupted systems.

That being said, fileless attacks aren’t anything new. These types of attacks don’t leave behind executable files, making them more difficult to trace back to their sources and remove. Here are some of the more popular fileless techniques used:

  • Registry-resistant: Attackers store malicious scripts in the registry to help them survive system reboots and make it hard to remove.
  • In-memory: Attackers utilize exploits and code-injection to load and execute malware straight from a system’s RAM.
  • Living off the Land: By injecting malicious code into legitimate admin tools, an attacker can disseminate malware throughout a system without any warning at all.

Regarding data backup, malware attacks can complicate the recovery of your business. If malware manages to infiltrate your network at multiple endpoints, it can be difficult to root out the issue and get it resolved quickly. A data backup and recovery solution can make it much easier to recover, as long as the malware hasn’t managed to corrupt your backups (hence why you store them off-site). You can effectively eliminate downtime and the costs associated with it, since the network-attached device essentially acts as a server until you can get your hardware replaced or repaired.

VentureNet can help prepare you for even the worst scenarios. To learn more, reach out to us at 214-343-3550.