It’s happening again. You’re feeling that tingle on the nape of your neck. There are whispers in the office down the hall. Something bad is about to happen.

And then George comes rushing into your office. “I’ve got some bad news.”

You nod.

“It’s the server. It’s gone haywire.”

You sigh and call your IT professionals. Another expense you were dreading. If only there were a way to avoid such things.

Today we’re going to show you what you’re doing wrong with your information technology and how you can fix it.

1. Trying to Save Money With The Cloud

There is no way to guarantee your data’s safety. The sun could wipe out all data centers on the planet with one swipe of its massive solar flares.

But apart from security, you might think the Cloud is a great option to help you avoid IT costs. This is false.

The cloud might save you time and headaches dealing with in-house infrastructure, but it won’t save you money on IT services. You’ll still need to invest in things like end-user support, backups, and security.

Instead of looking at up-front cost, look at long-term cost. What does it cost to maintain hardware vs. possible hidden fees on cloud services? Make sure your move to the cloud is motivated by business and not just money.

2. Waiting Until It Breaks

Information technology, just like your HVAC system, needs careful monitoring. If you’re ignoring your IT demands, you’re risking an all-out IT emergency.

For example, if your security software were to accidentally lapse, you might risk ransomware. Do you know how many ransomware incidents happen a year? Over 50,000.

Most of those incidents happen to businesses. Why? Because the crooks know how important IT tech is to a business in 2019.

Instead, hire an IT professional to monitor your information technology. Even if you use a quarterly audit, you’ll save yourself money and headaches.

3. Don’t Have a BYOD Policy in Place

Do you supply mobile technology to your employees? If not, do you have a security protocol in place for how employees use their mobile devices within your network?

No? You’re taking a big risk by allowing employees free reign on your network.

What are they downloading? What are they doing on the network? If you can’t answer these questions, you’re leaving your rear end up for attack.

And what’s more, if your employees are allowed to do whatever they like with the network, you’re going to end up with a slow internet connection. Why? Because you have limited bandwidth.

If Jenny in billing doesn’t have much to do, she might watch Netflix on her phone. And then Mike over in HR might watch something on Twitch. Suddenly Joe over in is complaining about the speed of the internet.

Lay down the law when it comes to mobile IT. You want to be structured in how you apply your policies too. Don’t seem lax.

You Can’t Forget About IT in 2019

IT isn’t something you can just forget about in 2019. We’re continuously reliant on our technology to survive. If things go haywire in your business because of technology, it’s only your fault.

Get an IT professional out to your business right away.

By Ben Mattice

Benjamin Mattice is a freelance writer/editor, horror and sci-fi writer, SEO and affiliate marketing newbie, dog wrestler, cat wrangler, capoeirista, and long distance runner. He lives in the Palouse with his wife, three dogs, two cats, and two rats. Yes, that would probably be considered a mini-zoo.