The Government shutdown has adversely affected businesses and towns alike. Many people are wondering what they can do to protect their small business despite the shutdown, and one of the best options is to invest in IT. There are some small businesses that think IT is unimportant, but it is in fact the opposite.
All businesses rely on IT to store customer information, repairs, protect from viruses, and to run basic computer equipment. Therefore, it is better to think of IT as an investment, rather than a cost. Money spent on IT will help computers and business in the long run. Even running simple programs such as application whitelisting will help computers stay running longer. Spending money on IT now can help to prevent more crippling problems later on.
For some real world examples, take the fact that many hackers are targeting small businesses with lax security, resulting in stolen information and negative publicity and customer feedback. The IT service provider would then install a new firewall and new security that protects against viruses. In addition, they offer off-site monitoring that can catch potential threats before they appear.
Or, in another example, let’s say that a storm passes trough, causing snow or rainwater to break through and destroy all of the computers. One then has to rely on IT to fix the them, a process simplified if the IT company has all the needed information about files and security.
Consider the alternative. If one is not willing to spend money on IT, then problems will be worsened and it is likely one will have to replace their computers more quickly.
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