Monthly Archives: March 2018

3 reasons why computer security updates are vital to your companies safety

2019-07-03T09:06:44+12:00

 

Most of us have experienced the annoyance of waiting for our computers to update while we anxious drum our fingers wanting to move onto the next task. But rather than be annoyed, it is important to remember why we have these updates in the first place. In this blog post, we will discuss 3 things to know about why updates are vital for your company’s safety.

Hackers Exploit Out-of-Date Systems

Updates and patches are there for one main reason—to fix issues that users or the developers themselves have identified. Some of these errors allow for malicious users to hack into your computer or network and wreak havoc. You can liken a computer without the most recent updates to a business leaving their front door unlocked. It only takes someone with the wrong intent to check that door and find out it is open for them to cause whatever harm they desire.

Updates Can Pile Up

When you aren’t consistent about letting your computer update, the updates pile up and there never seems like a good time for you computer to spend an hour updating. Staying on top of your updates keeps your computer safe from being vulnerable. At Fission, we suggest planning updates for a time when your network isn’t busy. Perhaps set a weekly reminder on your phone or computer to run any updates on your computer if your device is not managed by us. Make it right before your lunch break or run updates before a meeting when you won’t be needing your device so it can update without causing any inconvenience to you.

Fission Can Help

At Fission IT, we can help manage your updates so they don’t seem overwhelming while still providing all the security you need for your computers and systems. Don’t leave your door unlocked—so to speak—and encourage staff to complete regular updates. To find out more about how Fission IT Security Services NZ can help, contact us today.

3 reasons why computer security updates are vital to your companies safety2019-07-03T09:06:44+12:00

4 ways to keep your data safe

2018-03-15T22:08:55+12:00

Security breaches can be disastrous for a business. Stolen data can result in financial liability and loss of customer confidence. Ransomware and other sabotage will lead to downtime and even permanent data loss. To avoid such outcomes, you need a comprehensive security strategy.

Access control

Only authorized people should have access to internal software and sensitive data. All accounts need to have strong passwords. Two-factor authentication gives greater protection, so that a stolen or guessed password isn’t enough to get in. Employees should have only the amount of access they need.

Employee accounts shouldn’t be accessible over the public Internet. Telecommuting is an excellent benefit, but employees should have access only through a VPN or equivalent security.

Software protection

Every computer on the network should have anti-malware software, and it needs to be regularly updated. New threats appear on the Internet every day, and any that get through to your computer can do serious damage if they aren’t caught quickly.

Spam filtering is equally necessary. If someone opens a malicious email attachment, it can mean serious trouble. If phishing mail doesn’t reach the victim’s inbox, it can’t do any harm.

Data encryption

Data that leaves the premises should be encrypted, and so should any sensitive on-premises data. If confidential information such as financial data needs to be stored, it should be in a hashed or encrypted form. Laptops and phones that hold proprietary information should use whole-device encryption.

Defense in depth is what this is about. Attackers shouldn’t have access to the data in the first place, but if they get it, it should be in a form they can’t do anything with.

Backup

People can delete data by mistake, or malware can destroy it. To keep it safe, you need an up-to-date offsite backup. If your only backup is on the premises and connected to the computer, it can be wiped out along with the original. The more frequent the backups are, the lower the risk. The backup needs to be encrypted both in transit and where it’s stored.

We are an IT company who provides managed IT support services that will keep your systems safe and smoothly running. Contact Fission to learn what we can do for you.

4 ways to keep your data safe2018-03-15T22:08:55+12:00

How to Lower The Cost of Your Company’s IT

2018-05-08T14:54:11+12:00

How to Lower The Cost of Your Company’s IT

IT operations can be expensive to handle in-house for any business. Many businesses don’t even have the ability to manage IT operations within on their own. Unless you are an IT Services company, these operations probably aren’t considered core to your business plans.

Finding IT support people to fill your staff is whole different ball game. Whether it’s knowledge and expertise or you’re trying to save on payroll, outsourcing may be a better idea.

Outsourced IT support has many benefits and it’s becoming a popular way for many businesses to manage this department. Wouldn’t you rather rest assured that your IT needs are taken care of, constantly, without the extra headaches?

In this article, we’re discussing how outsourced IT support can lower your company cost.

Keep reading to learn more.

Efficiency

Outsourcing allows a company to seek the best support and professional service available for a particular product. Outsourced IT support is no different.

IT Support Services NZ based staff will be knowledgeable and probably considered experts in the field. Their experience, coupled with fast and effective troubleshooting and fixes will save you lots of headaches. The last thing you want to deal with when you’re trying to promote your business or sales is an IT problem.

The efficiency and speed of an IT support specialist rival no other support you can get in the field of business.

Save on Investment

Instead of investing in an infrastructure for an IT department for your business, consider outsourced IT support, instead.

Outsourcing allows you to pass the infrastructure and development of your IT needs on to the specialized staff working for you. You can make it a requirement of the contract to build the IT for your company as necessary or required.

Save on Training and Recruiting

Training and recruiting, especially for IT can cost thousands of dollars to find the right staff. You want people with specialized skills that can handle a diverse workload and fix problems immediately.

You can save time to focus on other necessary functions of your business instead of arranging training programs and other meetings necessary for your IT staff. With outsourced support, you can hand the work directly over to the experts that will provide quality work, the first time.

24/7 Support

If you carry in-house support, your IT team are only working during business hours. With outsourcing, you can assign something at five o’ clock in the afternoon and expect it back on your desk the next morning because the IT support works on a different schedule.

Quicker Turnaround Times

Along with faster results, outsourced IT support allows you focus your attention on the business instead of IT problems.

Outsourcing puts some of the work on the outsourcing company when it comes to developing new ideas and concepts. They can help deliver faster products and ideas that may even give you a competitive edge.

Access the Best Talent

IT specialists can be difficult to come by, whether you’re looking to fill one vacancy or an entire department. It’s also an expensive position or positions to fill. But you want the best of the best, don’t you?

Access some of the best talent available by outsourcing your IT functions to specialists. They are knowledgeable and specifically trained to handle the daily needs of your business.

Risk Management

What if something occurs that prevents your company from running daily operations as normal? Usually, everything would stop, including IT operations.

With outsourced IT support, you can rest assured that your IT department is continuously functioning at optimal levels. No matter what stops your other daily operations from proceeding at full speed.

Consider this a risk management strategy that can even get the company back on track after a loss.

Cost Savings

Outsourced IT support is a sure way to save your company money. Outsourcing this type of work can be done for a very low cost in comparison to doing it yourself.

When you consider that the support you’re receiving from an outsourced company is professional and experienced, there’s no question. IT is an important component of your business after all. You need it to run smoothly and efficiently to keep other operations productive.

Outsourced IT support is cost-effective for the overall function of your business.

Outsourced IT Support

There’s no sense in spending extra money on IT support when you can outsource it for a significant savings overall.

Outsourcing is a popular way for many businesses to handle their costs. It’s one of the best ways to utilize your resources to the fullest. You can even stay ahead of your competition because your IT runs smoothly with outsourced support.

The benefits of outsourcing are beyond cost savings, too. Keep these tips in mind when you’re faced with the decision to outsource IT support.

If you’re ready to see what outsourcing can do for your business, contact us. We are a managed IT service provider based in Auckland, New Plymouth and Hawke’s Bay.

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