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Business owners… the buck stops with you!

Business owners… the buck stops with you!

Too often IT is not a priority for business owners, who delegate its management to other members of staff. But as a business owner, what would happen if your IT systems were to suddenly stop working for say an hour, a day, or a week?  How catastrophic would that be to your business and what impact would it have?  Would a week without technology drive you out of business altogether?

The recent press speculation surrounding ransomware viruses such as WannaCry seriously affected large organisations such as the NHS, Spain’s Telefónica, FedEx and the German railway company Deutsche Bahn. But what if a virus hit your organisation?  As the business owner, are you confident you have everything in place to be able to firstly resist and secondly recover from such a cyberattack?  As the business owner it is your responsibility to ensure your IT infrastructure and data are protected from disasters.

David Allen IT Solutions are not just a ‘break it, fix it’ company, only responding when you have an issue. We constantly monitor and proactively implement security patches, updates and new solutions to ensure your business has the best defence in place to combat cybercrime.  We monitor backups daily and regularly test these backups to ensure data can be recovered should it be lost by fire, accident, attack or any other means.

Rigorous data security is becoming increasingly important, especially in the light of the forthcoming reform of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). New regulations will be in place from 25 May 2018 in the UK.  Increased fines of up to €20 million or 4% of the worldwide annual revenue of the prior financial year, whichever is higher, will be issued for infringements of GDPR.  For the business owner, this means that it is extremely important to know what data is stored, and where and how protected.

Spam emails are becoming increasingly sophisticated and can no longer be viewed as just a waste of time for your employee. Social engineering (finding out about you and your business through sites such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your corporate website), allows spammers to target you and people in your company with phishing emails which appear to be genuine.  Messages seemingly from your finance team asking for money to be transferred to a bank account may be cleverly designed and targeted spam email.  Our sophisticated cloud-based spam filters scan your emails prior to them coming to you, and junk emails are automatically filtered out with an extremely high level of accuracy.  Email viruses are also blocked giving you additional peace of mind.

Licensing is often a real area of concern, where business owners are never quite sure if they are fully compliant. As a Microsoft Gold Partner, David Allen IT Solutions will ensure that your software complies with Microsoft.  We will also evaluate the most cost-effective way to purchase licences for your business.  Subscriptions are available for some licences reducing the capital costs, or if you are a charity we are often able to obtain licensing for you free or at a reduced rate for some products.

For business owners, knowing that the IT infrastructure of your business is in safe hands, with a trustworthy, reliable company, gives the greatest peace of mind.

At David Allen IT, trust and reliability is at the heart of everything we do. It is central to our core values and ethics and forms the basis of our vision statement.  When you, or one of your team, contact us for assistance, you will immediately be able to talk to a support technician who will patiently address your query and take you through the steps required in a friendly way.  We are able to diagnose issues remotely by dialling into your PC, or we can come and visit you at a time of your convenience.

We will look after the IT in your business by:

  • ensuring your business data is backed up and backups are verified and tested regularly
  • ensuring your network is professionally monitored and proactively stopping any issues arising
  • ensuring antivirus and security software is protecting your business from ransomware attacks
  • ensuring your data is secure, and the new GDPR laws are being complied with
  • ensuring our spam filters are protecting your business from rogue emails
  • ensuring your software licensing is compliant
  • ensuring your staff have a friendly team to call to answer any IT queries they have
  • ensuring that whatever the time of day, we are available and ready to help you

Business owners… to arrange your FREE IT business review, call Gary on 01228 711888.

Posted: March 1st, 2018