The bring your own device (BYOD) strategy, which includes allowing employees to bring and use their own devices to the workplace, remains both a major opportunity and a challenge for enterprises. As it continues to thrive, you’ll need to develop an effective BYOD policy and follow the right approach to identifying both its benefits and risks.
Mobile technology has drastically changed the way we live. And just as many people have “cut the cord” in their homes and now rely on their smart devices, businesses are now adopting the bring your own device (BYOD) trend. This is because employers see that BYOD boosts productivity by reducing the time employees spend in transit and creating an “always-online” culture.
In order to legally operate, businesses must comply with certain requirements regarding their labor practices, safety procedures, and transactions. It's a no-brainer for management to make sure the company meets its legal obligations, because noncompliance of even the minimum requirements could result in missed opportunities and heavy penalties for certain industries.
Sooner or later, your hardware will become obsolete. Aging hardware poses a variety of direct and indirect costs that can chip away at cash flow and productivity, often without your knowledge. Looming expenses are frightening, but you can actually avoid these by simply updating your computer.
Cyberthreats are constantly evolving. Hackers are out in full force to exploit any opportunity they can to steal sensitive data. Although every organization is a potential target, government agencies and their suppliers are favorites, particularly for state-sponsored attacks conducting cyberwarfare.
Not all software companies offer innovative solutions when it comes to platforms. Nowadays, choosing the right technologies and tools, such as the right software stack, is an important part of the architectural challenges. A software stack, or solutions stack, is a set of software components that comprise a platform; it generally includes operating systems and/or runtime environments, a database, a web server, and a web framework.
As a business owner or IT manager, you should seriously think about transitioning to Windows 10 because on January 14, 2020, Microsoft will officially end all technical support for Windows 7. This means no more security updates, paid support, and customer service.
What will happen on January 14, 2020?
Windows 7, the wildly popular operating system (OS) that’s still used by millions of users and enterprises around the globe even after 10 years of its release, will take its final bow. This means Windows 7 patches and support will no longer be available after that date, thus exposing the OS to security threats, which endangers the data of small- to medium-sized businesses (SMBs).
It’s not all doom and gloom, however.
While there’s no shortage of guidelines for helping businesses choose a technology partner, a lot of them miss a crucial point. Your relationship with an MSP should primarily be about working toward technology alignment. There’s a lot more to outsourcing your IT requirements than technology alone.
You have to hand it to hackers. Every day, they seem to get smarter and more adept at infiltrating business networks.
Consider their recent “march of progress.” Gone are the days when they relied strictly on bots and so-called spray-and-pray attacks to spread malware via email – a tactic that worked only if you opened the link.