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When you think of threats to your organization’s safety and security, you might envision burglars breaking into your facility, natural disasters that destroy entire buildings at a swipe, or coordinated attacks on your IT system’s stored data. But have you ever thought about the possibility that danger might take the form of an “inside job?” Sadly, insider threats can and do occur, so the more you understand about the nature of these threats to your technology, the more effectively you can guard your precious data against them.

Boo! Once again it’s time for us ghouls at Gravity Systems to don our capes, sharpen our fangs, and fire up our mad-scientist lab equipment for our annual Halloween blog post. After all the real-world frights and stresses offered by the past year, the harmless fun of this holiday actually comes as a welcome relief. Even so, there are some genuine scares lurking out there for business owners who haven’t taken the necessary safeguards against the dark forces that can wreck their IT systems’ productivity and function. So while you’re buying goody bags for the trick-or-treaters and decorating your office with paper skeletons, watch out for these potential ghosts in your IT machine.

Hurricane Ida, the second largest hurricane in Louisiana history, flattened trees, flooded countless buildings, left at least a million people in the state without electricity, and racked up over $50 billion in damage. Not satisfied with this damage, the storm continued to move up the East Coast, flinging heavy rains and winds as far north as Canada.

If you wish to gaze upon the future of IT, look to the clouds. Cloud computing and related trends are fueling digital transformation for all kinds of organizations. As more and more companies adopt these trends, you’ll see them become increasingly common in the business world -- and, potentially, among your competitors. Let’s take a closer look at these trends and their potential impact on your business.

Have you or your employees been compelled to work from home during the current pandemic? If you answered in the affirmative, you’re in good company. Digital voice and video traffic has spiked as more people try to handle their business and personal communications remotely. If you’ve ever thought about upgrading your current phone system to a hosted VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) solution, this is an ideal time -- and Gravity Systems is more than happy to get you started.

Did you know that 70 percent of small businesses who experience catastrophic data loss fail within a year of the catastrophe? If you don’t want to be in that number, you need some sort of plan for backing up your precious data on a regular basis. Let’s look at a few basic considerations you’ll want to make when putting such a plan together.

The modern digital workplace offers more opportunities for skilled workers than ever before, thanks to the current generation of assistive technologies. If you want to give differently-abled workers an environment in which they can be as productive as possible, Gravity Systems wants to open your eyes to some of the available enhancements to your  IT system.                                          

There are all kinds of reasons for you to protect your company’s digital data from prying eyes. In addition to the threat of losing precious trade secrets or running afoul of your industry’s client privacy compliance requirements, you run the risk of handing over bank account data, credit card numbers, Social Security numbers and other critical pieces of information. Fortunately, there’s a powerful technique that you can employ to lock that data up: encryption.

Once you’ve got an established IT system in place, of course you want to keep it running as smoothly as possible. You might assume that the easiest and most sensible way to do that is by making little tweaks here and there to optimize your IT functions as needed. Unfortunately, these little do-it-yourself tricks can result in problems instead of improvements. Be careful about the potential pitfalls of the following “fixes.”

What’s your business’s stored data worth to you? Would you have to close your enterprise down entirely in the event of catastrophic data loss? Many businesses would. Unfortunately, business data is constantly at risk from a variety of threats, from ransomware attacks and natural disasters to ordinary age-related disk failure. Regular, reliable data backup should be on the top of your IT priority list -- and online backup may prove especially valuable. Here are some of the reasons that our Austin IT managed services  team recommends this safeguard: