18 Apr 2019

Why Your Business Needs Data Backup and Recovery

If you run a small business, it’s easy for seemingly minor details or business-related tasks to slip through your fingers. Unfortunately, one of the tasks businesses often overlook is one of the most important: data safety. Every business needs data backup and recovery to protect themselves against possible human error and/or a systems crash. Here are four reasons you need to start doing data backup and recovery today:

Your Computer Systems Could be Attacked by Ransomware

Ransomware hijacks all your information until you pay a ransom. Many small business owners are surprised to discover that this isn’t a problem that just affects major corporations. In fact, most ransomware attacks target small businesses. Without any data backup and recovery, you will be forced to pay these digital pirates for access to your computer systems. On the other hand, with data backup and recovery, your systems can simply be reset to their pre-attack state.

A Natural Disaster Could Shutdown the Business

If a tornado, earthquake, hurricane, or other natural disaster impacts your business, the loss of information could be greater than the loss of equipment. If your data isn’t backed up by a reliable IT company in Edmonton, like Alt-Tech, you may have to input all your data from scratch. This could include customer information, payroll information, scheduling systems and more. At Alt-Tech,  we recommend backing up your system regularly to help keep your company afloat after a disaster.

Data Loss Could be Expensive

Since most businesses store thousands of data records, recovering all of your business records could be very expensive, even crippling. Not to mention, most businesses don’t detect a breach right away, and the longer it takes to notice a breach, the more expensive that breach may become. If you suspect a data breach, contact a trusted IT specialist like Alt-Tech to discuss the possible costs and benefits of creating a data backup and recovery system.

 

When it comes to your business’ data, it’s always smart to be proactive and to take steps to properly protect against threats. If, despite your best efforts, the worst happens and your company’s data is compromised, remember that a trusted team of recovery experts are here to help. Call us today to discover the data backup and recovery solutions that your business needs for optimal peace of mind.

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19 Mar 2019

Your Business Needs the Cloud. Here’s Why

Businesses of all sizes are now turning to the cloud for their software and hardware solutions, as well as for data storage. When you use the cloud, everything your business needs to run is held by another company and is instantly accessible to you over the Internet. This provides benefits ranging from greater mobility to improving your capability to grow.

Access Your Data from Anywhere

If your employees ever need to access files when they’re away from the office or they work with a number of different devices, the cloud is the way to go. With cloud data storage, you can reach information wherever you are. Plus, since the data is encrypted, there are no security concerns.

Latest Versions of Software

It’s expensive to constantly purchase new versions of software for each of your employees — not to mention a hassle. With the cloud, you can receive software as a service (SaaS). This means that your applications will be hosted by your service provider and everyone on your team will have access to the software with any device.

Better still, whenever there’s an update to the application, you will automatically receive access to the latest version. You can move all types of software to the cloud, including applications for email, virus protection, and spam filtering.

Improve Scalability

Small and midsize businesses often need to increase their resources to grow their operations, but hardware like physical servers can be prohibitively expensive. Another aspect of the cloud is hardware as a service (HaaS). This allows you to scale your resources to just what you need and can afford.

The same applies to storage for files. With the cloud, there’s no need to have a huge storage capacity within your network — you can pay for the amount of cloud storage you need and update your subscription whenever those needs change.

To be sure that your data will be secure, you need a reputable cloud service. Edmonton business owners rely on Alt-Tech. We offer a variety of cloud services, including email, application, and server hosting, as well as disaster recovery and business continuity offsite hosting.

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14 Mar 2019

Cyber Security Isn’t Just a Concern for Big Businesses. Here’s Why It Matters for Small and Midsize Businesses, Too

Whenever there’s a cyber security story in the news, it’s always about a multinational corporation. This can give small and midsize businesses (SMBs) a false sense of security. In fact, more than half of all cyber attacks impact small businesses. The reason is simple: although the payoff for cyber criminals is reduced, success rates are much higher due to less-sophisticated cyber protection.

How Are SMBs Attacked?

The most common way SMBs are attacked is through hacking, although malware is also a major problem. Other risks include social engineering, misused privileges, and physical breaches.

A main cause of cyber attacks is a disorganized approach to security. Most SMBs have no single security plan; rather, they add on new preventative measures as their business grows and this lack of a comprehensive plan leads to holes in security. Furthermore, the adoption of new equipment constantly puts businesses at risk of new types of breaches.

To make matters worse, employees can lack the training that’s required to eliminate risk areas. When team members are uninformed, a breach can occur simply due to human error.

Results of a Cyber Attack

Although costs are far lower when a cyber attack affects an SMB than when one impacts a large corporation, the hit to the company can be significant.  When a business lacks the resources to absorb such costs, it can have serious repercussions for the company.

Preventing an Attack

The best way to protect your business from a cyber attack is to stop trying to handle security in house. An IT company specializing in cyber security can set up a system that will encrypt your data, require authentication to access sensitive information, and have authorization capabilities to restrict user access.

While many IT companies in Edmonton will provide you with basic support, you need a company that goes a step further. Alt-Tech offers cyber security solutions to meet the needs of your business and prevent your data from being compromised, whether you use internal hardware or employees bring their own devices into the workplace.

Contact us today to learn more about the comprehensive security plan you need to properly protect your business.

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