So, how are those New Year’s resolutions coming?

Thought so.  According to a productivity article from Inc., “about 60 percent of us make New Year’s resolutions each year – sadly, only 8 percent of us achieve them”.  

Why is that?  Well, according to Psychology Today, the answer is pretty clear.  The four primary reasons are: 

         1. We get discouraged when we don’t see immediate results.

         2. We are not ready for change.

         3. Unclear goals.

         4. We feel overwhelmed because change is hard.

What does all this have to do with I.T. managed services?  Well, companies are made up of people!  And, therefore, make goals and resolutions.  

So, what are the I.T. resolutions for a small business?  Any business for that matter? The answer is the same as last year and the year before – increase revenue, manage business risk, increase employee productivity, enhance security at an affordable cost.  In layman’s terms – sell more, spend less and don’t get ransomwared.” 

How do we do this?  First, we act.  We define achievable goals to ensure a stable I.T. platform delivers the applications employees use daily.  That means we must know the current state of the existing hardware, network architecture, and the software/cloud applications that run the business.  

Modo delivers this valuable service at no charge – we offer network and security assessments for this exact purpose.  The purpose of understanding what I.T. assets are deployed, their current health and how they are configured. 

Next, we must understand the business goals and risk profile of our customers to align the I.T. strategy and tactics to achieve the goals and manage the risk.  This is a core competency of ours.  We spend time understanding, and in some cases creating, the I.T. strategy and tactics for our customers.  We bring over 150 years of individual enterprise experience to the table. 

The biggest threat to businesses is the proliferation of ransomware.  Therefore, the first resolution of the new year should be to protect your data and your business with a backup and data recovery plan. Backup thy data!

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Cybersecurity Center for Excellence (NCCoE) recently released a draft stating their intention to develop standards for recovering from ransomware and maintaining data integrity.  Few, if any, of our customers require NIST level of compliance. But, knowing the strategies and tactics required to meet these standards, allows Modo to deploy best practices for the retention of data confidentiality (only people that should have access get access), integrity (data doesn’t change) and availability (data is there when you need it) in case of a destructive event.  

Top 5 reasons backups are the most important thing you can be doing for your business.

Even if I.T. strategies are not defined by your organization, there are daily actions you can take to protect yourself.  We discussed this at length in our Gone Phishing blog.  Using passphrases instead of passwords, deploying NIST standards for multi-factor authentication and turning on all the features in Microsoft Office 365 are all best practices for small businesses.  

Even if you do not sell products and services to the government and, therefore, are exempt from meeting NIST standards, there are compelling events to make changes to your organizations policies and procedures.   

So, remember it’s never too late to refine your New Year’s resolutions.  State a defined goal, thou shalt backup thy data, and work daily to achieve it.  Better yet, leave I.T. to Modo.  

Merry February 12TH and Happy Valentine’s Day!

P.S. 

In case you are wondering, according to Polly, the top 10 new years’ resolutions are: 

  1. Actually doing my New Year's resolution 
  2. Trying something new 
  3. Eat more of my favorite foods 
  4. Lose weight/diet 
  5. Go to the gym 
  6. Be happier/better mental health 
  7. Be healthier 
  8. Be a better person 
  9. Upgrade my technology (gotta love this one!) 
  10. Stay motivated

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