Essential Technical Upgrades Your Business Needs 

Essential Technical Upgrades Your Business Needs 

Whether you own a business, or work for a company from the comfort of your home, there are some essential technology upgrades you need to make to help keep your performance at work stay efficient, productive, and secure. 

Here are some of the upgrades that you urgently need to invest in if you haven’t already. 

#1 Upgrade your hardware and software

Old hardware and software that runs are out-of-date is harming your business in many ways. Not only does it typically run slower, making your working day, and your employees working day inefficient, which is costly in itself, but it can also make your business more vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In 2020, 47% of businesses experienced five or more cyber attacks. Cyber attacks are becoming increasingly popular, targeting any business, in any industry, of any size, and can come in a wide variety of forms, for example, ransomware, or malware. Consider upgrading to a modern and reliable workstation pc and ensure that all the software you use has had the relevant updates and security implemented. The older your hardware and software becomes, the more expensive it can become to replace and deal with any security breaches. 

#2 Upgrade your security

Making sure that your hardware and software are all up to date, is one great way to take precautions against cyber attacks. However, that act alone is not enough. With cyber attackers creating more sophisticated ways to infiltrate businesses every single day, extra security is vital to keep you and your business safe. Many of these cyberattacks have the power to cause major disruption and even bankruptcy and should be taken seriously. There are plenty of anti-virus and anti-malware software companies out there, and it is important to find one that suits your business needs and budget. If you have members of staff, it may be worth investing in security training to ensure everyone plays their part and can stay safe when conducting day-to-day tasks. 

#3 Upgrade your internet 

Whether you run an online business or a local shop, the internet likely plays a major role in your internal operations. This means that regardless of the type or size of your business, secure, and high-speed internet access is key. Internet that is not secured properly, or runs slowly, will limit your business significantly, and will quickly impact efficiency, productivity, and business revenue. High-speed internet is essential for you, and your employees to get work done, attend online conferences with stakeholders, store sensitive business data, use customer relationship management software, quickly access important documents through cloud services such as Microsoft SharePoint, and access modern technology such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) software. These access requirements have become an essential part of any modern business, and requires IP-enabled technology, and the necessary bandwidth. Without this functionality with high-speed and secure internet, you, your employees, your customers, and your business will suffer as a result. 

Technology is utilized in any modern company that wants to run efficiently and be successful. However, you must be knowledgeable and take sensible steps when handling technology and sensitive business information, as it can easily make you vulnerable. 

Author

Eric is the creator of At Home in the Future and has been a passionate fan of the future since he was seven. He's a web developer by trade, and serves as the Director of Communication and Technology for a large church in Nashville, TN (where he and his family are building a high tech home in the woods).

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