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Updated by Mustard IT on Aug 22, 2017
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5 Issues that Can Affect Your IT Department

Keeping an IT department up and running can be a difficult task, especially if you are running a small business. Having a dedicated staff simply for your IT needs may be last on your list, but that means your technology is left susceptible to different problems.

Here are five things to watch for that can have a negative impact on your IT department.

1

Not performing backups when needed, or not testing backups before releasing

Not performing backups when needed, or not testing backups before releasing. Backing up data and having a disaster recovery plan is a huge need for any business. Testing the backups that are kept on portable drives, cloud back up, etc. is another step that is necessary for successful data recovery should disaster strike.

2

Backup power supplies not working when they need to

Backup power supplies not working when they need to. When did you last verify that your back up power supply was working and ready to work when you need it? Backing up your data is extremely important, and ensuring that your business can stay productive in case of disaster.

3

Not knowing what assets you currently have in your IT department is a way to lose money quickly

Not knowing what assets you currently have in your IT department is a way to lose money quickly. Make a list of every piece of equipment you have, who has access to it, and what operating systems they’re running. The more information that you have about your IT assets; the better you can control them.

4

Unsecured passwords and sharing information

Unsecured passwords and sharing information. The biggest threat to your IT department is your employees. Most employees don’t understand that clicking on a link or an email attachment that they aren’t expecting is a sure sign of malware or virus installation. Employees also send passwords via email, which is not secure, and typically have passwords that would be easy to guess or hack.

5

With mobile devices like laptops, smart phones and tablets being used regularly, mobile security is HUGE for businesses

With mobile devices like laptops, smart phones and tablets being used regularly, mobile security is HUGE for businesses. If your mobile devices are not protected, it is easy to have these items fall into the wrong hands, and then your data is at risk.

Reach out to Mustard IT for more information on protecting your business’ IT department from these and other risks.