Technology plays a key role in all businesses today. The right technology can provide a competitive advantage and be a valuable asset for your business. Conversely, the wrong technology and/or an unsuccessful implementation can be devastating. With such high stakes, it’s important to know that your investment in new equipment or software will be useful for the organization. That’s why it may be wise to consider getting help from an experienced consultant before making any expensive purchasing decisions.
But how do you know whose technology guidance you should take? Here are some factors to take into consideration when you’re choosing a new consultant:
Cybersecurity threats have evolved over the years. And for business owners to be prepared, it’s important that your protection and knowledge evolve accordingly. In the past, the right technology safeguards, such as firewalls and anti-virus/malware protection were adequate.
But now, hackers have responded by shifting their target from technical vulnerabilities to PEOPLE vulnerabilities. It’s much easier for a hacker to trick you into unknowingly giving up access to your computer and sensitive information.
Technology protection has improved over the years and hackers have shifted their focus from technical vulnerabilities to individual vulnerabilities. Tricking one person into giving up computer access is the easiest path to sensitive information, and hackers have developed some clever strategies for doing so through email.
We see the headlines too often — another company's information systems have been breached and sensitive data has been stolen. Sony, Anthem, Home Depot, Yahoo, Target, and others are recent examples that come to mind. If these massive companies with their full scale technology teams can be exploited, it can make a business owner wonder: “How secure is my businesses?”
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