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Lane Griffing

Lane Griffing

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Do you feel like you spend way too much time putting out IT fires? Whether it’s a Monday morning crisis or the need to decide on the latest software or hardware, a business owner usually is more reactive than proactive when it comes to IT. Rapidly advancing technology can help your business continually improve when you identify and manage potential concerns ahead of time. 

Data and Network Security 

Any company can potentially be hacked be hacked, and small businesses are often targets. According to Ponemon Institute, half of all small and mid-sized businesses have experienced a breach in the past calendar year. Forty-eight percent of these security breaches happen because hackers target smaller businesses. The other 52 percent are related to human or system error. 

Prioritize the security of your systems and customer data. A suite of IT procedures and solutions is much less expensive than the repercussions of a security breach. 

Disaster Recovery 

Another one of the most common IT problems involves issues with data backup. Here’s why you need a good business continuity plan. 

  • If ransomware gets through your security, you can simply restore systems to the last backup. You may lose a small amount of data, but you won’t have to pay a ransom.

  • If users accidentally delete files, the power goes out, or you experience a server crash, you can restore what you lost while minimizing costly downtime.

  • Lost files are expensive. One Verizon report finds data breeches that lead to lost data cost on average between $18,120 and $35,730.

Employee Frustration

When your staff has access to user-friendly systems that work flawlessly, they are happy and productive. When they spend the day on slow machines and outdated technology, it impacts their productivity and frustration level. Keep technology updated for improved output and increased job satisfaction.

Hardware and Software Problems

Just because a computer still runs doesn’t mean it should be still in service. Older hardware and software which is not vendor-supported is more vulnerable to security exploits which raises the risk of data loss or destruction.  Many businesses expect to use computers between four and six years, and while they will probably function for that long, technology evolves so quickly they will most likely need expensive repairs to continue to function.

Obsolete machines cost money, time, and opportunities. Plan equipment updates into your budget so you have a plan for the regular updates. When business owners approach IT proactively, technology supports the buisness instead of being a maintenance struggle.

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This past summer, the Equifax breach exposed the personal data of millions of Americans. If you were one of them, and you haven't dealt with it yet, it’s important to know what steps you can take to protect yourself. Here are a few reminders!

Equifax has taken steps to address the breach, but more is needed to safeguard your information. From monitoring credit activity to offering tips you can follow for greater digital security, including real-time alerts and credit trackers, two-step authentication on all logins, credit freezes, and more, Dolce Vita IT Solutions wants to help you protect yourself.

 

  1. Be Informed

 

Equifax, one of the big three consumer credit reporting agencies, collected information on consumers and businesses to help lenders determine credit worthiness. Hackers stole that information, including Social Security numbers, home addresses, credit card numbers, driver’s license numbers, and birth dates. Equifax believes nearly half the United States population may be affected.

 

       2. Enroll in Identity Protection

 

Equifax offers one free year of this protection, but you may not trust them now. It requires you to give them even more information. Dolce Vita recommends taking action to protect your data and finding alternative forms of identity protection. Many of their solutions for companies apply to individuals. Learn more here.

 

       3. Beware Suspicious Activity

 

You should always review your credit reports and bank statements. After the breach, Dolce Vita recommends doing this again. Keep an eye out for new accounts opened in your name, late payments on debts you don’t recognize, and any other unfamiliar activity. Report any fraudulent activity immediately, and take steps now to recover your identity.

 

      4. Set Up Real Time Alerts

 

To make sure you know if someone is using your identity, set up fraud alerts. This stops anyone trying to open new credit card accounts. Make sure you understand what types of alerts are set up and for how long. If you feel the need for more security, you can freeze your credit, restricting access to your credit report until you request the freeze to be removed. This will not affect already open accounts or your credit score.

 

Once you’ve completed these steps, you can be more comfortable that your identity is protected.    Remain vigilant and contact Dolce Vita IT Solutions for help or recommendations.

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What used to be a simple inconvenience is now a fatal blow to a lot of companies. Data loss has become a critical problem in an age that revolves around information technology. One large data loss could be enough to stop a budding company in its tracks. Luckily, there are ways to reduce the risk of serious data losses. Learn the best practices for data backup and recovery your company needs to be using, including having a written recovery plan, backing up to the cloud, relying on automation, and using the right technologies. Dolce Vita IT Solution offers Sempreon DATTO as a comprehensive data recovery solution perfect for any company.

1.     Have a Recovery Plan

 

Dolce Vita recommends making a written plan to prepare for emergencies. Everyone should know the plan and take ownership of both their day-to-day role and their role in an emergency. Establish different layers of redundancy, as well as what to do when data loss happens. Review the plan regularly to keep it up to date.

 

2.     Vary Storage Methods

 

Using multiple methods of data storage provides flexibility and redundancy. The cloud offers cost-friendly protection free from on-site risks and allows for quick recovery of information. Dolce Vita makes image-based backups, not files/folders only, tests the backups daily to make sure they restore correctly, and provides virtual machines on your network as backups, getting you back online in minutes, not hours.

 

3.     Capitalize on Automation

 

Automation provides constant protection that avoids such circumstances. People forget to back up their data; automated processes remove that from the equation. Manual processes can miss steps, while correctly configured automated backup will complete each step before going on. Sempreon DATTO automates the process for you, giving your administrator real-time oversight on backups both on-site and off.

 

4.     Have the Right Technology

 

Make sure you have the right technology for your company before you need it. Self-Monitoring Analysis Reporting Technology (SMART), for example, monitors storage drives to spot potential failures before they happen. SMART allows IT staff to back up data before the drive dies. 

 

Having a plan helps everyone feel confident regarding the security and integrity of their data. Sempreon DATTO provides the solution your company needs to protect your data, keep you aware of its status, and be ready for whatever happens. Contact Dolce Vita for more information.

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