Monthly Archives: January 2016

Complacent IT Technicians Can Be a Company’s Worst Nightmare

Complacent IT Technicians Can Be a Company’s Worst Nightmare

The modern business is inundated with all types of threats, from people outside the organization phishing around for information, to employees that are aloof to their role in your network’s security. If your network’s security is like a levee, it is indisputably an IT department’s job to fill in the gaps to ensure a deluge of misfortune doesn’t swamp your company’s IT. So what happens when your company’s IT department is the biggest offender of perilous activity?

According to a report that was commissioned by cloud business app provider Intermedia and concocted by Precision Sample, the people tasked with keeping your IT infrastructure and network secure are the most likely to ignore industry best practices concerning network security. The study produced some concerning numbers, including 32 percent of IT staff respondents admitting that they are more than 10 percent more likely to to give out their login credentials than your normal worker. Intermedia VP of Identity and Access Management, Richard Walters explains.

It’s nearly always that technical people are the worst offenders. They know how to get around various controls that an IT team will put in place. It’s sometimes done with the best intent, but nevertheless with a complete lack of consideration for the risk or security implications.

Additionally, over one-quarter of IT professionals polled said they’ve permeated IT systems to which they were no longer allowed access to, and over 30 percent said that they would absolutely take data from a company they were leaving if they thought it could personally benefit their careers. This is over three times the amount of business professionals under the same circumstances.

Overall, 93 percent of polled participants admitted to some sort of insecure IT practice; a striking number that had a myriad of negative results, including data breaches, regulatory compliance failures, and deliberate sabotage. These scenarios can leave an organization exposed to potentially devastating positions.

At Argentum IT LLC, our managed IT services can alleviate nearly all of your potential IT disasters, including situations like a complacent technician sharing information they clearly shouldn’t be sharing. Our certified and trustworthy technicians remotely monitor and maintain your network to proactively squelch potential problems before they come to fruition. Our techs are well versed in industry best practices and understand exactly what it takes to keep your organization’s IT safe. To learn more about our managed IT services, give us a call today at (502) 473-6407.

When Disaster Strikes, You’ll Be Happy Your IT is Redundant

When Disaster Strikes, You’ll Be Happy Your IT is Redundant

When it comes to your business’s technology infrastructure, the more basic it is, the better. Granted, a simple IT infrastructure isn’t always easy to install, especially when there are so many great solutions on the market that can be implemented to achieve optimal efficiency. Sometimes the best IT solutions are those that make your technology simpler to manage, and your network less complicated. That said, you’d think redundancy would complicate this formula, but it’s actually a necessity for your business continuity plan.

In IT, redundancy refers to the safeguarding of your business’s technology infrastructure, primarily its data. Organizations that have redundant IT infrastructures are capable of guaranteeing that their data is securely stored elsewhere in the case of an emergency. Essentially, achieving data redundancy is the same as taking proactive measures to keep your information safe in the event of a catastrophic data disaster, such as the failure of a mission-critical piece of hardware, or the theft of vital information from a hacking attack.

Considering the fact that most businesses that fail to recover from a data loss disaster declare bankruptcy within a year of the incident, your business has no choice but to ensure that your organization’s data is as redundant and secure as possible from both internal and external threats that could result in data loss, like user error, hardware failure, and hacking attacks.

What we’re proposing to you is that you take advantage of a complete data backup and disaster recovery solution that’s optimized for data redundancy. The ideal backup solution takes multiple snapshots of your business’s data throughout the workday, so you can know with confidence that your backups are as recent as possible, minimizing data loss and mitigating the damage of such incidents. This data should be sent to multiple secure locations, like a cloud-based data storage unit or a secure, off-site data center. This helps preserve your data from hackers and other disasters, should one location be destroyed or rendered obsolete.

Of course, having backups of your IT infrastructure and data available on a whim is only so useful if you’re having trouble rapidly deploying them. This is the second important piece of a data backup and disaster recovery solution: the recovery itself. You want your data to be restored as quickly as possible to ensure that you experience minimal downtime. In fact, with Argentum IT LLC’s backup and disaster recovery solution, you won’t have to worry about the deployment of your data post-disaster. The BDR device can act as a temporary server in the event of a hardware failure, automatically deploying your data backups and effectively taking the server’s place while you search for a quality hardware replacement. How’s that for redundancy?

For more information about how Argentum IT LLC can make your life easier with our technology management solutions, give us a call at (502) 473-6407.