​Every business owners’ worst nightmare is dealing with upgrades and changes to the company. Though it is a necessary evil, it can be exhausting figuring out what trends to follow and which ones to avoid. One of those trends you may be questing is getting your business functioning on the cloud. Here are three reasons getting on the cloud will benefit your business.
 
Mobile becoming more common
 
According to Information Week, smartphones are taking over. By putting all your information on the cloud, you allow your employees to access their work while on the go without having to have a laptop with them on their trip. You’ll increase employee ability to work while on the go, meaning things don’t have to come to a stop when someone takes a week of vacation. Small businesses know it can be really challenging to have an employee take a few days off, especially if they are the only person who does their job. With mobile, your employees can still make sure the most important tasks are taken care of, even if they aren’t at the office.
 
Emergency recovery
 
After an emergency, recovering can take weeks or months depending on the type of disaster, but shutting down your business while waiting for this recovery can be devastating. There have been companies that have gone out of business because of disasters such as these. That is why it is so important to have the ability to recover quickly. If all of your company is being run from the cloud, recovering might be as simply as pulling out a few laptops and getting your employees running from a different space. You don’t have to lose everything in a disaster. You could be up and running the next day if needed.
 
Scalability possibilities
 
Scaling your business has infinite possibilities when you are running on the cloud. You can add more storage whenever you need it making it possible to store more big data. Another reason scaling your company is easier with the cloud is that you can store apps in the app and allow employees to use them without having to purchase those apps for each individual computer. There’s almost no start-up IT costs to bringing on a new employee, making it a much less risky move than it might be if you had to buy a while computer with all the software licensing packages necessary to get them started. It is easier than ever to hire more people and store more customer data because of the cloud.
 
Are there drawbacks?
 
If you are looking for reasons to avoid getting on the cloud, there really aren’t any. If you are concerned about security, (which is the number one reason business owners avoid switching to the cloud) an IT managed services company will help you to ensure all your online data is secured properly in the cloud. Though each company will have its own challenges in making the change, it will ultimately help your business to thrive.  
 
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Sources: informationweek.com/cloud/cloud-storage/8-ways-cloud-storage-delivers-business-value/d/d-
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​The holidays are upon us and while it’s important to keep your customer’s personal data protected all year round, it’s especially critical during the holidays when it’s at most risk of being stolen. In a recent survey of IT professionals, 75% said that their organizations were vulnerable to cyber-threats and man-made disasters or incidents. Additionally, 60% believed that their organizations weren’t investing enough in IT security.

Unfortunately, resources are usually pretty limited for small and midsized businesses (SMBs) and they can’t always afford the top of the line security measures needed to keep customer data safe. Fortunately, there are managed service providers who can handle the IT security needs for many SMBs for a fixed monthly cost that is more affordable.

Here are five ways that an MSP can assist your business in keeping customer data safe while being compliant with federal regulations.

Education

Managed service providers know a thing or two about IT security and all that knowledge can be passed on to you and your employees through a partnership with an MSP. They can discuss security dangers and teach you ways to minimize the risk of losing customer data.

Evaluate needs

MSPs have worked with numerous clients from numerous industries. They can assist you in determining what types of data need to be protected. They can help you to determine what your IT security needs are and what services you’ll need to be safe and secure.

Evaluate threats

An MSP can also help your business by regularly testing your defenses. By regularly running tests, they can determine how vulnerable your network is to a variety of cyber-threats such as malware, viruses, and other cyber-attacks. By helping you to evaluate threats, they can make sure those vulnerable areas are patched up.

Provide backup/storage solutions

Theft of customer data isn’t the only thing you have to worry about as a business owner. Human error, natural disasters, or equipment malfunction can also lead to lost data. In some cases, critical data loss could completely cripple your business and force you to close your doors. MSPs will encourage you to adopt online storage and backup services to make sure that your data is always backed up securely so you can recover important files if you ever need to.

Offer specialized services

MSPs can provide your business with a level of specialized service that no in-house IT team could offer. Because they work with so many clients, an MSP have entire teams of personnel that specialize in various aspects of IT including security and backup and storage.

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Source: mspmentor.net/managed-security-services/5-tips-protect-customer-data-during-holiday-season

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