Security is a big, big issue in these times, and the effort to be secure has become a major daily responsibility. How can you know you are secure? Whether it’s a small gesture like locking your front door when you leave your house, or it has to do with the protection of elections from a menace thousands of miles away, being secure is a complex but necessary endeavor.
For a business owner, their proprietary information and their client data are the basis of the future of the business. No one can just lock the door of the comptroller’s office at the end of the day anymore and call it good, am I right? If business owners had to take a test about everything that is absolutely necessary to protect company information and client data, how many would pass?
Managing all the Information Technology needed today to run a business can no longer rest on the shoulders of the nerdy guy in the office who likes video games. Managing IT in the smallest of businesses takes someone with knowledge similar to an engineer, an architect, a psychologist, a mathematician, and a crystal ball reader. Your Managed Service Provider must love to read and study because every week there are new breakthroughs in computer science. Whoever is protecting your computer network is battling the bad guys trying to hack you from the outside. They are also trying to second-guess the breaches that may come unintentionally from the users on the inside. Cybersecurity is hard work, even when you love it.
You are a target. You are, no matter what your business. Local daycare center, nuclear waste plant, dentist, library. You are a target. Once you get your head around that, then you can listen to IT consultants who provide cybersecurity and computer network support. They also give you budget projections and an accounting of what’s been happening to your network from week to week. Find a company who makes you comfortable about your protection. Find someone who you really can trust to have your back.
If you have questions about how to get started with a managed service provider, give us a call. We can tell you what to expect and how to be sure you are getting it.
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 16 years in the region that includes Angola, South Bend, and Fort Wayne, IN, Battle Creek, MI, and Toledo OH.