Exploring the Biggest IT Problems Small Businesses Face (And How to Solve Them)

Written by Tiffiny Hladczuk. Posted in ITS Blog

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Here’s a shocking fact: 57% of small businesses reported staff-related cyber breaches in recent years, making it all the more necessary to be vigilant with new and existing employees. Small businesses are particularly prone to IT threats and breaches for a multitude of reasons, so if you’re part of a small business, it’s essential to understand how to stay protected. With that in mind, here are just a few of the biggest IT-related challenges small business face and how to properly resolve them.

Outdated Tech

Small businesses may not have the budget to allocate to upgrading their digital technologies. As a result, they may find that integrating their existing technology with newly implemented software can cause some unexpected problems. You may end up with doubled data entries or disorganized record keeping. Preventing these computer problems just takes a bit of foresight and proper planning with professional IT services.

Inefficient Data Protection

As mentioned, small businesses are becoming more and more of a target for cyberattacks because of their perceived insufficient protection. It’s true that compliance mandates such as PCI, HIPAA, and FISMA require businesses to protect, track and control access to sensitive information, but it can still be difficult to ward off these threats. Fortunately, there is a wide range of solutions that start with reaching out to professional managed IT support services to evaluate your unique situation and develop a course of action.

Internal Threats

It’s also a surprise that between 75% and 80% of all malicious attacks come from within an organization, not from an external threat, making it all the more necessary to use ethical hacking services such as security auditing and penetration testing to evaluate your IT infrastructure thoroughly. Screening all new employees carefully and being diligent in the hiring process is the best way to decrease this risk.

According to a recent survey, some 87% of small businesses experienced a security breach in 2012 alone. Ultimately, there’s no one solution to completely eliminating your business’s risk of a breach, but understanding these vulnerabilities can help you form the right action plan. For more information about resolving computer problems, contact ITS.