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Is Cloud Computing Right For Your Business?

In today's era of technology, having your data available on multiple servers and devices is important. Not only is it great for security purposes, but it's also an exercise in self-discipline. After all, your sensitive data is one of the most important aspects in the workplace. By keeping your info stored on the Internet, you're taking things seriously in the business. Speaking of which, what is cloud computing? Generally speaking, it means storing and accessing data over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. Hence, as long as there's a device with Internet connection, you can easily access your data. With that said, even though many businesses have invested in the cloud, that doesn't mean every company needs to use it. Is cloud computing a right fit for your business? Here are a few questions you should ask.

#1. Is Your Information Secure?

Before investing in the cloud, you should consider whether your data is already secure or not. While it's true that cloud computing is one of the best methods for keeping your data secure, remember that most businesses invest in it in the first place, because their files aren't secure enough. Believe it or not, there are several other security methods if you feel the cloud isn't right for your business. Not only could you keep your data backed up through multiple servers, but have you considered using a USB flash drive as well? While some businesses don't use it due to the small size, it's efficient for keeping your files stored and secure. Not to mention that you can upload your files on to any computer in the workplace.

#2. Can Anyone In The Workplace Access Your Files?

Before investing in the cloud, you should also consider whether others can easily access your files or not. For example, are your files already locked behind a server with a secure password? If the answer is no, then cloud computing would be your best option. If the answer is yes, then your files are definitely more secure than you think. Overall, limiting access of your files from others is important, especially in the workplace. After all, many times, it's those in the workplace who might be looking to access your data. Lastly, remember that just because cloud computing is one of the best options for storing and securing your data, doesn't mean it's the only one.

#3. Are You Usually in the Office?

One reason many businesses invest in cloud computing, is because it gives them easier access to their data. Remember, because you can access your files from any device with Internet connection, this is a huge convenience for business owners who are always out of the office. For example, let's say there was a business owner who was always traveling. Obviously, they would need a way to access their files at all times, and the cloud greatly compensates for this. However, if you're a business owner who's always in the office, you wouldn't need constant access to your files.

Overall, these are some important questions when considering cloud computing. Check to see if your information is already secure enough, whether others can easily access your files, and if you're usually at your office computer.

For more information about how to decide whether the cloud is right for your business or not, feel free to contact us today at AbtechTechnologies. Our business offers a range of security products and services that will provide protection of your sensitive information and will augment business continuity by assessing compliance and overall security of your network. We look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.

Preparing For Disaster in the Workplace

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When you're in the workplace, one of the keys to having a successful business, is planning ahead at all times. For example, not only do you need to have a business goal for your company, but contingency plans are important as well. Nothing is ever set in stone, so you might need to make adjustments to your end plan. For example, what if your sales goal didn't end up as expected? This is why you should always be prepared.

With that said, while many companies do prepare for these unexpected events, they often don't take disasters into consideration. Planning for unexpected disasters, such as a power failure, is crucial for keeping your business safe, among other things. Speaking of which, how should businesses prepare for these incidents? After all, each disaster in the workplace can't be dealt with in the same way, and some require more drastic measures. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1. Educate Your Employees

It's one thing if you're prepared for disaster, but what about your employees? It's essential to remember that teamwork plays a key role in all this. What someone else does in the workplace, could have a major impact on the entire company, for better or worse. As an example, let's say you were familiar with the dangers of ransomware, and how to avoid it. Your employees, on the other hand, weren't knowledgeable. You had better teach them the basics, or they might end up making a careless mistake. Preparing for disaster isn't just about you, everyone in the business needs to know their part as well.

#2. Plan For Each Disaster

Initially, this might seem like a lot of work, but that's not necessarily the case. You don't need to create a plan for every disaster, but you should know how to handle each incident. As I had mentioned earlier, each disaster in the workplace can't be handled in the same way. As an example, let's make a comparison between a power failure and a natural disaster. For the former, all you'd have to do is make sure your info is backed up on a regular basis, particularly via cloud computing. A method that allows you to store your information virtually, even the most severe incidents would have no impact on your data. For the latter, however, it's a different case. Considering natural disasters could have an impact on your building, you need to have a plan that goes beyond storing your data. If there's a hurricane, are you moving your equipment to higher ground? Do you have another building to transfer your data to? These are some things to keep in mind.

#3. Cloud Computing

Of all the ways to prepare for disaster, cloud computing is easily the most effective. As I had mentioned before, this method allows you to store all data virtually, and it becomes accessible on any device with Internet connection. Whether you fall victim to ransomware, or end up spilling coffee on your keyboard, these disasters will have no effect on your virtually accessed info. Even more so, use cloud computing is also an exercise in keeping your data backed up on a regular basis. Many businesses are too laid back about their files, keeping everything on their desktop, and sometimes even backing everything up at the last-minute. Cloud computing is a smart decision, because it allows you to focus on other aspects of your business, without always having to worry about worst case scenarios.

For more information about preparing for disaster in the workplace, as well as the importance of disaster recovery as a service, feel free to contact us today at Abtech Technologies. We offer a range of security products that not only protect your sensitive information, but also assess compliance and overall security of your network. We look forward to hearing from you, and assisting you in the best way possible.