Sustainable Strategies: Grow Smarter And Not Just Faster

Sustainable scaling

Too often we rush through the implementation of processes like new hire training and technology upgrades. This can cause botched executions and unnecessary confusion. Businesses should pursue a sustainable strategy that will allow them to grow smarter, not just faster. Sustainability in business is all about being repeatable, adaptable, and capable of scaling up and down as needed. Sustainable scaling requires you to consider your people, processes, and technologies. With the right technology, you can scale your business up or down with ease. You can also better empower people and processes. But what technology should you consider introducing to your infrastructure to encourage flexible scaling?  

Consider These Technologies When You Are Ready For Sustainable Scalability

Learning management 

Deploy a learning management system that incorporates anti-phishing training and allows you to customize your learning modules. Look for a solution with additional features such as:  

  • Multiple languages (if you have global clients or teams) 
  • Structured learning 
  • Engagement documentation (to prove every learner’s training completion)
  • Automated reminders 
  • Centralization of information (a repository for critical training, available to new hires when crucial team members move on to other organizations)

IT documentation 

IT processes must be optimized for performance, reliability, and effectiveness to meet business expectations and security requirements. To achieve this goal, use thorough and transparent documentation to ensure and maintain proper configurations and processes.  

Make sure the solution has the following features:  

  • Organized documentation of all your operational processes 
  • Relationship mapping  
  • Safe password management 
  • Enterprise-level security 
  • Capability to integrate with existing technologies at your business

Security Awareness Training

A one-time training program will not help your employees defend themselves against cyberthreats, nor will it help your company grow sustainably. Your employees require thorough and ongoing security awareness training to deal with the rapid changes happening around them.  

Remember that the return on investment (ROI) on security awareness training manifests in better decision-making and employees who respond quickly to cyber threats, saving your company from data breaches, reputational damage, and potentially costly lawsuits.  

Through self-paced, short learning modules, every employee must be made aware that even minor errors can snowball into a disastrous security disaster for the company. 

Ongoing vulnerability scanning 

Overlooking even one vulnerability could escalate into something severe. According to the IBM Cost of Data Breach report, it takes an average of 287 days to detect and contain a data breach. 

Continuous vulnerability scanning can assist you in detecting and remediating vulnerabilities while freeing up your team’s time to focus on other tasks.  

Vulnerability scanning that focuses on point-in-time reporting can only help your business up to a point since it can’t detect evolving vulnerabilities. Instead, try continuous vulnerability scanning that is capable of detecting network vulnerabilities as soon as they appear. 

Collaborate For Success

Does none of the above sound like fun to you? Are you groaning out loud at the thought you may have to research ad nauseum to figure any of it out? That’s why working with an expert partner with in-depth knowledge and expertise to guide you on your journey is ideal. 

Aptica may be the right partner for you based on our 20+ years of experience in dealing with these matters. To find out more, contact us for a no-obligation consultation. It’s just a conversation. 260.243.5100

Jason Newburg, 260.243.5100, ext 2101, is the founder and owner of Aptica LLC. This IT management and support company has been serving small to medium-sized businesses for 20+ years in the region that includes Angola, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Toledo OH.

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