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3 Ways to Improve the Security of Your Network

As a small business, it’s easy to forget about IT security, until it’s too late.  Many times small business owners and operators think that they can’t afford to properly secure their network and computers.  The truth is the exact opposite – you can’t afford to NOT secure your network. Did you know that for most businesses, IT is the second-largest budget item after employees? It’s important to ensure that your investments in IT are protected.

Managed Anti- Virus

Managed Anti-Virus service provides the skilled IT resources, domain expertise, centralized monitoring and management facilities, and proactive approach to ensuring the protection of your desktops and laptops against the ever present threat of viruses, spam and malware attacks. Buying an anti-virus solution, installing it, and then relying on everyone to keep it updated is a worry. With a managed anti-virus solution you can rest assured that all your servers, PCs and laptops are always protected and that there is a group of dedicated experts taking care of it for you 24/7.

Managed Anti-Spam

The volume of spam being sent today is astounding. In the tens of trillions of emails per year. Junk filters do a good job, but by then it could already be too late. It’s better to stop that email from ever reaching your network, because the best way to fix a problem is to stop the problem from ever happening. Once the unwanted email gets to your network, all it takes is one careless click and your business could be compromised. For less than a cup of coffee, a Managed Anti-spam service prevents all unwanted email, spam and viruses from ever reaching your network. Giving your business the continual protection needed to stay on top of this ever present and evolving threat.

Outsource to a Managed Service Provider

Approximately 7 in 10 end-user organizations today contract with a managed service provider (“MSP”) for some or all of their technology needs, according to a recent survey report published by CompTIA.  The CompTIA study found 46% of the current users of MSPs have reduced their annual IT expenditures by 25% or more as a result of their shift to managed services, with 13% experiencing 50% or more IT savings. These savings and other business benefits have driven 62% of the current users of MSPs to plan to increase the proportion of their IT operations managed by MSP over the next two years.