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How Technology Influences Risk Management for Businesses

By Nextrio on July 30th, 2014 Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditlinkedinmailby feather

Adopting new technology may be the key to enhancing your business, but there are inherent risks to be aware of. Cloud computing, desktop virtualization, and other advances have dramatically changed the delivery and management of IT services, including the ways in which people interact with—and exploit—technology. With the help of a managed IT services provider, your business can implement effective risk management methods without missing opportunities to benefit from today’s technology.

Cloud Computing

Companies may move information assets to the cloud to lower in-house IT costs, back up important data, and make data accessible to remote employees. With these many benefits come certain risks. Who at the cloud provider has access to your sensitive information? How is your data encrypted? What is the provider’s data recovery plan for disaster scenarios? With the right provider, using cloud computing infrastructure is very low risk, but be sure to understand the options and limitations presented by the technology. Ask the right questions to make sure it’s the right solution for you.

Data Volume and Quality

Storing, tracking, and reviewing huge volumes of data is becoming increasingly important to all types of businesses. Your company may benefit from tracking transactions and customer browsing habits to evaluate your sales and online presence. While the quality of your products and services is important, so is the quality of the data you collect.

Employees’ Computer Use

Many businesses underestimate the reach of social media, especially when employees are off the clock. A company should educate staff about social media usage and make them aware of the footprint they leave on the Internet. Seemingly innocuous information can be used to compromise security or gain access to a corporate network. Companies can even set up policies about not using company computers for personal use if they feel it is warranted.

At Nextrio, we offer small and medium-sized businesses the options they need for managing IT services. We present cost-effective ways to manage technology tasks, improve security, lower IT risks, and back up mission-critical data. Call us at (520) 519-6301 for managed IT services in Tucson.