Growing companies need secure, dedicated IT

Small companies may start out with a few computers and an ad hoc network, but as they grow, their IT requirements become more demanding. This is often above the capabilities of the office “tech-person”, especially among family-run firms. And, with the demands of managing security, network access and other issues, IT support often becomes a full time role that the company cannot afford.

When companies grow to multiple offices, such as a factory or warehouse site that needs connecting, they will require advanced networking to keep data secure and users connected. At this point it is wise to get professionals involved and at Nimbus, we provide a full IT outsourcing service for Northern Ireland to ease the IT stress and ensure your technology is serving your business needs.

Business directors are constantly told the value of IT, but we can put the benefits of technology into plain English for you. We can also explain all the scare-stories that appear in the press in real terms about the threat to a business.

We can create and secure a network that will keep all your workers connected, and allow them to work remotely, either off-site or when working from home, while protecting your data from unauthorised access and those online threats. We can also implement Sage, hosted Exchange and other services that will help your business be more efficient at invoicing and communications.

Off-site backup is another business essential, to protect your data from major IT issues or physical damage to a property. This can help get your business back up and running within a matter of hours, rather than the many days it used to take, while a total IT loss could destroy some companies. Outsourcing the technology means there’s always someone available to help provide support with any IT issue, while upgrading your cloud services or network systems becomes a painless and low-cost solution.

Whatever the IT requirements your growing business has, get in touch and we can help provide the right services and products to manage your systems, and reduce the workload on your in-house staff, all with additional security and peace of mind.

 

 

 
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How to avoid costly IT downtime in your business

Behind every successful business there is a productive workforce, yet achieving and maintaining such an equilibrium is a challenge. Even minor setbacks can prevent workers reaching their full capacity. If your business has over 20 desktop workstations, it is likely that you are experiencing costly downtime as a result of an IT issue. Technology helps us to achieve great things but operators cannot be expected to understand how to fix software and hardware problems. Here is how outsourcing your IT requirements will help you to avoid costly downtime in your business:

1) Quick problem resolution

An IT issue can quickly send a worker off schedule. All the time taken seeking help and resolution is a cost to you. Even with an IT expert in-house if issues occur simultaneously the worker may have to wait for assistance. Through an outsource team, the problem can be analysed quickly. Once IT experts have knowledge of the issue it can be categorised for level of severity. Quick diagnosis means minor issues are dealt with and alternative arrangements made for longer term fixes. Faster problem resolution dramatically reduces the impact of IT downtime.

2) Experts on-hand

For your teams, having IT experts readily available comes as a welcome relief for line and production managers. It removes the pressure of fixing problems they are not equipped to solve and keeps their attention on the job at hand. With an outsource IT team, there is no need to compete for attention with other departments, experts are immediately available.

3) Security and backup

A cyber security breach or data leak can have a catastrophic impact on a business. With the right protection in place, the chances of this occurring are greatly reduced. A managed services solution ensures your safety net is applied behind the scenes. In the event that an issue occurs, business IT support will be your first line of defence.

Avoid costly downtime with our outsource solution for small business IT support. Contact Nimbus CS for a free consultation.

Does your business need additional cyber security?

All businesses need to take cyber security seriously. However, some companies need to be especially thorough and vigilant when it comes to protecting their computers. Here at Nimbus CS, we understand that the level of cyber security a company needs is affected by a number of factors. However, the two most important factors are the size of the company and the sector it operates in. We’d like to share our insights into how these two factors affect a company’s digital security requirements with you. You might discover that your business needs more extensive security measures than you previously thought.

Business Size and Cyber Security

In the past small businesses where rarely targeted by serious criminals or corporate rivals, so they only needed a moderate level of security. Of course, no small business should ignore cyber security altogether: if a business appears vulnerable, it is more likely to become a target for cyber-criminals, no matter how small it is. Within the last year there has been a huge increase in the attacks against small businesses as hackers have realised they can profit from crimes like holding data to ransom.

Big businesses have extensive security requirements, but tend to have very thorough security measures in-place. They too are in the midst of upping their game.

Mid-sized enterprises are the most vulnerable. If you have successfully grown your small business into a medium-sized company, you need to re-evaluate your security as soon as possible. Many mid-sized businesses keep the same cyber security set-up they had when they were small startups, but this level of security simply isn’t adequate for better-known, mid-scale operations. Mid-sized businesses are more likely to be targeted by criminals and unscrupulous corporate rivals than their smaller counterparts, yet many don’t increase their level of cyber security to match the level of threat they face. Don’t panic if you’re in this position: at Nimbus CS, we offer cyber-security for mid-sized businesses as well as startups. Get in touch with us and we’ll help you bulk up your computer security.

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Business Sector and Cyber security

Businesses in certain sectors have to hold sensitive information on their customers or clients in order to fulfil their role effectively. Businesses that operate in the financial sector, for example, have to hold detailed information about their clients’ savings, wealth, income and debts. Meanwhile, businesses in the legal sector (including every business from civil law firms to criminal defence attorneys) hold personal information on their clients that may relate to their cases.

These are just two of the most obvious examples. Any type of business that operates in a sector where potentially sensitive information has to be recorded should take extra precautions with its cyber security. Sensitive information is very attractive to cyber criminals. What’s more, if a security breach does release sensitive information, it can be deeply disastrous for the business that holds that information. If your business has digitally stored personal information on its clients, you should get in touch with us immediately. We can help you increase your security to the level you need.

Mid-sized businesses and businesses in sectors where personal information is routinely held on record are far more vulnerable than other types of business. Luckily, we can help. Contact us today.

 

 

 
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Could your organisation benefit from cloud computing?

Cloud computing is a very simple principle which involves programs, software and data being stored and accessed via the internet rather than a computer hard drive sat in an office.

As more businesses both large and small decide to use cloud computing as part of their IT infrastructure, it is important to be aware of what the benefits and drawbacks might be for your organisation.

IT networks and capital expenditure

Many small businesses in Ireland and the UK are attracted to cloud computing by the savings that can be made in dispensing with the high costs associated with conventional IT hardware. The cost of purchasing and maintaining servers and the time spent installing and updating existing computer networks and vital software updates can be a significant drain on businesses. Cloud computing takes all of that out of the office and puts it into the cloud where it can be managed remotely.

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Collaborative working

Document control is becoming increasingly important, where employees and partners work collaboratively on documents. Prior to cloud computing, any such documents would have to be electronically passed back and forth each time, increasing the chance of human error such as failing to save or update latest document versions. With cloud computing, every document is stored centrally and can be viewed and updated in real time.

Disaster recovery

Every business should have plans in place should the worst happen. Fire or flood damage to a workplace should not mean your organisation must come to a standstill. Cloud computing will have all of your vital business data stored off-site so that it can easily be accessed from another computer in another office allowing business to continue should the worst happen. Your business may be based in Lurgan but your data could be stored in Belfast or Dublin, so even if a burst pipe floods your office your data is safe and sound and your staff can work on from temporary offices.

Security

Cyber security is one of those topics which won’t go away. Data stored in the cloud is secured by trained and dedicated experts at levels which far exceed the managed services businesses will usually have in place. Lost laptops will no longer mean lost data as all data is automatically backed up to the cloud. Similarly, any lost laptops can be wiped remotely to prevent any breaches of confidentiality. Lost data is not just embarrassing, it could mean you are breaking the law and could face significant fines. Computer security should always be a priority for every business.

Flexibility

Bandwidth demands can grow and fluctuate and cloud computing can allow businesses to scale up or down according to their needs. This can save on overhead costs as well as be environmentally friendly as you are not wasting energy on IT provisions you do not need or are not currently using. We all like to reduce our carbon footprint when we can, and cloud computing can help you reduce yours.

To discuss how cloud computing could benefit your organisation, contact our friendly support team at Nimbus today.

 

 
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