How to keep your business data secure

In today’s digital world data has never been more important. For businesses, especially, data is vital for success not matter what industry you’re in. Data is used for marketing and advertising, it is used to retain current and potential clients and customers details, and it is used to keep the day to day running of your business efficient. Try going a week, or even a day, without using data and your business will likely suffer. The importance of business data hasn’t gone unnoticed and now stealing data has become big business amongst criminals across the world. Fortunately, the fight against unauthorised access to your data has become increasingly sophisticated in recent years and there are now many ways of ensuring your business data doesn’t become an easy target. Here are some tips to help keep your business data secure. Secure passwords How vulnerable are your passwords? There are still many businesses that don’t adequately protect their passwords. Choosing an obvious password such as ‘password123’ or your business name are still being done by some companies and it could be putting the businesses at risk. Passwords are a vital tool for preventing unauthorised third parties from accessing your business data and, as such, should be made as secure as possible. Our previous post Are Your Passwords Secure? provides lots of tips on how to keep your passwords secure, but the basics to password security remains choosing long passwords, ideally multiple words put together, as well as ensuring that the same password isn’t used twice – this means having a separate password to log into your emails and your business twitter...

How remote managed IT solutions can help your business

Who takes care your business’ computer systems? The chances are that if you are an SME, you don’t have the resources to enable a full-time in-house IT support team to take care of your systems. With computers now a vital part of running a business it is essential that your systems are working all the time to their optimal capacity. It is for this reason that over the years we have noticed more and more SMEs choosing FSI Cloud as their remote managed IT solutions team. If your business has yet to take advantage of a remote managed IT solutions IT team, here are just some of the ways they can benefit your business. Full-time IT support While your remote managed IT solutions won’t be in-house, you will have access to IT support full-time. This means that no matter what time during your office hours you can be certain that there is an IT team on hand in case anything goes wrong with your computer systems. This remote team can provide a full IT service, from network monitoring to data recovery. This means that SMEs don’t have to have a full-time in-house team to ensure full-time IT support. Save money A huge benefit of using a remote managed IT solutions team is that it can help business owners to save money. Instead of having to pay for an expensive in-house team or person to provide IT support, this service can be done by a remote team at a much more cost-effective price. This means that business owners can access the full benefits of having an IT support team, but...

Simple ways to keep your business secure

With technology an essential aspect of most modern businesses, keeping businesses secure has never been more important. Fortunately there are some simple steps businesses can take to ensure that their sensitive information, customer data and general information stays protected and kept away from unauthorised third parties. To help ensure your business remains secure here are some simple steps to take: Change passwords regularly Regularly changing passwords will make it more difficult for unauthorised third parties to hack into your business data. Ensure passwords are randomly selected and using a combination of letters and numbers will make them harder to hack; as well as making sure they are changed every few months. Also make sure that only authorised employees have access to the password and that if kept on a database that it is highly protected. Back up data securely Business data often includes sensitive information that you would not want to fall into the hands of a third party. As well as this, business data can become of extreme importance if a legal dispute arises in the future. As such, it is paramount that you ensure your business data is securely backed up. While in the past securely backing up business data meant having an expensive in-house server, today Cloud technology offers the same secure service at a much more cost effective price. When choosing your Cloud service provide ensure that you opt for one that can offer a high level of security when backing up your business data. Protect your emails Emails can often include sensitive information, especially from and to customers or clients. As well as this,...

What the cloud means for your business

Just a few years ago not many people were familiar with the concept of cloud technology. For many it was an abstract concept that had little impact on their daily lives. However with the rapid increase in popularity of tablets and smartphones, which depend on cloud storage, the concept has not only become more familiar but is also seen as an essential part of today’s technological world. Despite this, many businesses have yet to fully gain all the benefits of using cloud technology. One of the reasons the cloud has become so popular is that it offers a lot more benefits than traditional hosting systems. If your business has yet to fully embrace cloud technology, here is what it would mean for your business. What is the cloud? Simply put, the cloud is an internet-based storage system. This means that instead of needing an in-house hosting system it can all be done remotely. While the cloud is often referred to as a single entity, there are in fact many different types of clouds owned by different service providers. Each cloud has its own capabilities and security measures in place, which means when choosing a service provider for your business you need to ensure the company you choose offers a secure and comprehensive cloud system. How does the cloud benefit your business? One of the main advantages of using the cloud is that it allows you and your employees to access data and information securely from anywhere in the world at any time. This allows for a much more flexible working system, where employees can easily work from home or...

The importance of backing up your business data

Data is now a huge asset for businesses. Not only does good data keep you ahead of your competition, but many businesses are willing to spend a large amount of money in securing good, relevant data. It is vital then for businesses to protect their data, especially as studies have shown that 43% of businesses do not recover from critical loss of data. Why data is important Data has always been important for businesses but now with the reliance we have on technology it has never been more important to accumulate, protect and back up your business data. Business data covers a wide range of information from sensitive company documents to your customer’s private information such as their bank account details. Some data, such as your customer’s payment details, need to be securely protected by law. Other data will be company information that you won’t want third parties to access. As well as this business data includes information that does not seem important, but which can have a huge impact on your business if disputes occur, such as emails between employees and clients. Clearly, data can have a huge impact on your long-term business success and many companies have found themselves in financial difficulties simply by not protecting or backing up their data. Protecting your data With data being so important it is essential that businesses ensure that all their data is protected. Data security is now much more sophisticated than it was even 5 years ago, with new ways of protecting data from any third parties who will try to access the information. Ensuring all your business data...