Finding IT Security Solutions for Small and Mid-Sized Companies

Small and mid-sized companies rarely have the luxury of a large, established IT team. Most are lucky to have just a CIO. If your small or mid-sized company has identified a need for IT security solutions, it can be hard to fill that need without expert advice.

Read on to learn how you can find IT security solutions for your small or mid-sized company today.

Identify your needs.

Solutions are made to solve problems. That isn’t rocket science, but creating a list of all the things you need to solve for can feel like it. Some things may be top-of-mind, but when you’re searching for solutions, being aware of everything you want to achieve is essential.

Understand all aspects of security.

When it comes to security, you can’t leave any stone unturned. The smallest holes can be exploited by cybercriminals. As you’re identifying potential risks and problems your security may face, ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Is my organization protected against viruses and spyware?
  2. Does my organization use or need authentication or access control?
  3. Are my coworkers or employees inundated with spam or irrelevant content?
  4. Is my organization’s data secure?
  5. Does my organization need to encrypt data or messages?
  6. Does my organization have effective video surveillance and physical security?

Once you have answered the question above, you’ll have a better understanding of what your organization’s security needs are.

Segment your problems by priority.

Make a list with these categories:

  1. Risks – Potential problems that greatly affect your customers, your business or your bank account.
  2. Priority Issues – Problems that prevent your organization from getting work done.
  3. Are my coworkers or employees inundated with spam or irrelevant content?
  4. Intermediate Issues – Problems that slow work down or make it harder to do business with your organization.

Think through each category as you create your list. It may be useful to consult your coworkers or employees to capture all the information about a problem and how it affects your business. Once you understand the priority of every issue you need to solve, it can be easier to identify which solutions are the most important for your business needs.

Start looking for solutions.

Staring at a long list of problems, risks and roadblocks can be daunting, but there are solutions that fit your needs. You may just need more information or resources.

Consult with a managed service provider.

Managed service providers are IT security professionals that work with their clients to understand their needs. MSPs offer a wide range of managed services and products. Unlike conglomerate vendors, MSPs are small businesses that work one-on-one with you to find products that integrate with your day-to-day and your business goals. They don’t prioritize getting things off the shelf as quickly as possible. Instead, they prioritize you.

We can help.

At BlackHawk Data, our mission is to help our clients achieve their goals. We offer a large selection of IT security solutions suited for small and mid-sized companies. Our online shop makes it easy to find thousands of different products from hundreds of vendors. Plus, we’ll work with you to set up these solutions, utilize them for maximum effectiveness and troubleshoot any problems along the way.

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