If you thought protecting your business only requires a lock and key, think again. Technology plays a vital role in small business nowadays and without the right approach, your digital assets and information are highly susceptible to a hack or cyberattack. You must be proactive to stay ahead of a never ending wave of fresh viruses and exploits that could unravel all the work you’ve ever done. This is why, in 2019, it’s time to take action. Join many other small and midsize business ditching their costly outdated break-fix strategies and make the switch to a Managed Services Provider (MSP) for all of your IT needs.
As a small business owner, it’s hard to come to terms with the reality of business security in the digital age. What hacker would want to mess with my small business? Thing is, more than half of all small business will be a target of a cyberattack this year alone. Small business attacks may not get the same attention as big companies, but they still happen. That’s why having a managed services provider is such a big help; you may not have all the know-hows to protect your business from an online threat, but they will.
In the section below we’ll breakdown the difference between a managed services strategy and a traditional break-fix approach so you understand which one your business needs.
The Benefit of Managed Services for Your IT Needs
Taking care of your business is a lot like taking care of your car; both require constant upkeep to stay in tip-top shape. For cars, that requires regular oil changes, tire rotations and pressure checks, changing out the spark plugs, flushing the transmission, alignment checks, topping off fluid levels – the list just keeps getting longer the older the car gets. However, all of this is part of basic preventative maintenance your car needs. Without it your car will fail on you sooner than later. We guess you are savvy and put time into taking care of your car. In the past 20,000 miles you drove, there’s a good chance you’ve at least changed your oil and had your tires rotated. For other maintenance, you most likely seek out the help of a season professional.
This is the same mindset you should have about your business’s network system. Business technology can be very finicky to say the least. Everything will work fine for months and, in rare cases, for years – until one day something breaks or fails, and at that point its too late. A server can suddenly give without warning, taking with it all the data and information stored on it. A nasty ransomware attack can lock you out of your entire network permanently and delete everything that’s on it if you don’t pay an outrageous amount to an unknown hacker, or worse, they sell sensitive information off on the dark web.
You constantly hear about these big Fortune 500 companies forking out millions of dollars to recover from a large-scale data breach. Smaller businesses don’t have the same type of money to spend in a situation like this, and soon after fold completely. A business can be flourishing one day and an empty storefront the next, left and forgotten behind newer businesses and modern technology.
A Break-Fix Strategy Won’t Work with Business Technology
“If it isn’t broke, don’t fix it.” Nope.
There are plenty of scenarios where you can rely on a break-fix strategy, your business technology is not one of them. What happens is you run into malware? What if your e-mail no longer updates with incoming messages? You cannot ignore IT problems and only address them after they’ve already happened. It’s not going to save you money. It’s not going to save you time or from headaches. It certainly won’t prevent a business collapse if a hacker locks you out of all your files with zero measures in place to take back control.
What you SHOULD be doing is taking care of these problems before they even happen by seeking help from an IT company that’s well known for their managed IT services. With the right IT company, you can rest easy and focus more on growing your business. They’ll be the ones that work with your business network every day, learning the ins and outs of every piece of connected technology long before any issues arise. Without hesitation, they’ll address any problems that may arise; detect issues and patch them before they cost you a fortune. The tradeoff for paying for managed IT services may not be apparent at first, but if you run the numbers, you’ll quickly realize the amount of money it’ll save you in the long run.
Keep the future of your business in mind and invest in a managed services provider. You wouldn’t drive your car recklessly and act surprised when it breaks down; don’t do the same with your business network. Take a stand today! Get in touch with us here at Biztek Solutions and we’ll go over in detail the importance of managed services and how it will benefit your business. Contact us online or by phone at (951) 638-0502.