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How Taking a Proactive Approach to IT Security can Benefit Your Business [Plus Three Benefits of Working with an IT Company]

Written by Emily Jones on July 20, 2020

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Methodology means everything when it comes to protecting your business’s data. For the most part, companies take one of two positions when it comes to how they approach IT security:

  • Reactive Approach: Wait until a cyber attack or a breach event occurs to address IT security
  • Proactive Approach: Implement IT security measures ahead of time to prevent cyber attacks where possible

When put side-by-side, taking a proactive approach is the obvious choice, yet many businesses continue to take a reactive approach to IT security. The reactive approach is a methodology from years past that simply doesn’t reflect the dangers of today’s digital environment.

The truth is that any business that uses the internet (which, in today’s world includes the overwhelming majority of companies) has at least some risk for a cyber attack, which means that taking a reactive approach is incredibly risky. Hackers, data loss and equipment failure are unfortunate realities of living and working in today’s increasingly complex digital world, and implementing measures ahead of time is now the best form of protection.

It’s much more difficult to recover from a cyber attack than it is to work to prevent one, which means that taking a proactive approach can save your business time, money and effort in the long run. You can significantly reduce your risk and the chances of a cyber attack or data breach simply by opting to take a proactive approach to your cybersecurity.

One of the most effective ways to be proactive and institute strong measures regarding your business’s IT security is to work with with an experienced IT services company that knows how to navigate today’s digital world and all the threats that go along with it. Working with professionals is one of the best ways to ensure your business has access to the right IT tools and resources.

Here, we’ve outlined the three greatest benefits businesses experience when they select the proactive approach and choose to work with an experienced IT company:

1. Access the IT Support You Need Without Hiring an IT Department at Your Company

Many companies don’t have the resources to hire an on-site, full-time IT security specialist or an entire IT department. Working with an IT company allows you to outsource the support you need to many experts without having to bring them onto your payroll. With an IT company, you avoid having gaps in support capability or expertise.

2. Get More Proactive Insight

Working with an IT company will allow your business to have more professionals looking out for your business; you have access to more insight about your business’s technology and agile support when you need it. IT companies can help your business to catch problems before they happen. If your cloud backup goes down, you’ve got support. Your network software stays up to date with the latest security patches. If hackers try to break through your network security, you can be alerted and have expert defenders on your side. An experienced IT company has the training, certification and know-how required to tackle today’s cyberthreats while managing your network’s needs.

3. Provide Your Own Customers With Peace of Mind

Today’s consumers are more security-minded than ever before. With data breaches impacting companies of all sizes, your current (and future) customers likely want to know that their personal and financial data are safe. Working with a security centric IT company can become a selling point for your business and help to keep your customers’ minds at ease.

Adopting a Proactive Approach and Partnering with an IT Company

Don’t put the future of your business at risk by waiting until something breaks or until you are hacked before addressing IT security. Choose to adopt a proactive approach by partnering with an IT company that can help by turning your business’s vulnerabilities into strengths.

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