The Psychology of an Effective Business Owner

Business OwnerWhen you’re your own boss, it’s difficult, especially as industries of all types are becoming more competitive and agile than ever before. So what makes an effective business owner? They might have started with a good idea or intellect or connections, but ultimately, what gets you started doesn’t keep you in business. We all know that. There are many business owners out there – some of them fail, others succeed; what’s the difference between the two?

You can’t simply snap your fingers and become an effective business owner, but you can start thinking about where to allocate resources to make your company the most efficient and profitable it’s ever been. Let’s start with information technology. Where are you allocating resources? Are you…

  • Hiring internal personnel that leave you spending money on salary, bonuses, vacation pay, and more?
  • Paying a third-party that simply responds to requests/emergencies instead of taking a proactive approach?
  • Leaving information technology management to the most tech-savvy individual within the workforce?

If any of these situations sounds familiar, it might be time to better allocate your resources. This means keeping employees focused on what they’re supposed to be doing, even if they’re tech savvy. This also means considering what you’re spending on internal personnel/break/fix third party organizations.

As cybercrime continues to evolve, security has become an extremely hot topic. You can’t afford to have a third-party responding to threats or an internal person who’s not quite sure how to properly secure against them. You need an experienced team of professionals that are able to:

  • Assess all of the risks and/or vulnerabilities you might be facing
  • Take any industry-specific compliance regulations into consideration
  • Implement security measures to eliminate those risks and/or vulnerabilities
  • Educate staff members on proper best practices
  • Stay ahead of ongoing threats that arise within the industry you’re operating in

The cost of security is well-worth the investment, as if you’re not ensuring you’re protected, you’re going to end up with tons of costs associated with reputational damage, system recovery/repair, and loss of revenue due to lost customer trust and missed business opportunities.

You need to make sure the team of professionals you choose to work with is able to spend your IT security dollars wisely – choosing the right security measures, such as enterprise-grade anti-virus software, firewalls, and web-content filtering, to fully protect your livelihood against all types of attacks.

Contact {company} to find out more about what effective business owners do to handle their information technology. Call {phone} or email us at {email} to learn about our managed IT services wherein we handle your systems and secure against threats – all for one flat-rate monthly fee.

Too Much Information

Cyber AttacksTMI – The Essential Secret to Saving Your Hard Earned Money From Hazardous Cyber Attacks

As we all grow up and get older, at one time or another we have all heard the expression, “Too much information.” Moreover, resulting from that expression, we usually try to forget the information that was heard at the time and carry on with the conversation. However, when is “TMI” a good thing?

When sharing information about cybersecurity to fend off future hits and protect valuable data from falling into the hands of cybercriminals, this seems to be a good enough reason. After all, one of the greatest barriers faced when fending off cyber-attacks is the gathering and mobilizing around information on threats as they emerge.

A recent report from the Ponemon Institute, a security research group showing that half of the businesses at some point have suffered from a major cyber-attack, it is essential to share critical information to form the right cyber security plan and avoid becoming a victim of a cyber-attack.

If you have not developed a cyber security plan, {company} believes now is the time to start. Not only are such attacks likely to happen, but did you know that the average cost an organization pays for data breaches can be up to $6.5 million? That’s right! Up to $6.5 million for a data breach. Even if your business is quite small, the average cost per record stolen in an attack has increased to $217. That’s enough to make your head spin – we know it’s enough to make ours spin.

Nearly two-thirds of respondents said that the attack they experienced could have been prevented if they had access to more trusted and shared information about the cyber threats they faced. Which is why we believe that, just like the bad guys that share ways to carry out attacks, organizations must also share actionable and timely ways to stop threats.

On that note, {company} is here to help you stay ahead of such attackers by providing you with three key ways to promote information sharing and avoid falling victim to a security breach that could result in significant damages to your company. These critical three key ways are:

  • Make connections – Establishing a trusted person or third-party intermediary to share your information about cyber threats with other organizations and develop trusted business relationships with like-minded people is extremely helpful for the successful exchange of information. Want to develop the right connections that keep you in the loop and safe from all threats? Contact us today for more information.
  • Quickly share your experiences – With most cyber threat information not being timely enough by the time it is shared, coming up with a quick solution for information exchange is vital in ensuring threat information is correctly shared throughout your organization and with others. Do you need help with a solution that works for you? {company} is here to help you.
  • Get an outside opinion – Take the fear out of the legal liability for sharing threat information by potentially checking with us beforehand about any questions or concerns that arise with sharing this vital information. With decades of experience in the industry, we have the technical expertise and the right strategic guidance and support you need to stay ahead of the cyber threat game.

Are you ready to benefit from an IT provider that prides itself on staying up-to-date on the best security industry practices that can securely protect your business from all cyber threats? Then contact {company} today and stop worrying about your vital information and focus on growing your business. For more information, call us at {phone} or send us an email to {email}.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016: The Year to Strengthen Your Defenses Against Cybercrime

Maintaining strong security should be a major priority for both large and small companies. A recent study done by Skyhigh Networks and showed that the average business faces more than 16 data breaches per month. These security breaches not only cost you money but also put your clients’ information at risk and tarnish your company’s name.

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This is the reality of businesses in 2015:

  • 89% of organizations have one or more insider threats per month caused by privileged users misusing their administrative authority.
  • 28% of staff members uploaded sensitive information to unsecure cloud storage services – making it more susceptible to public viewing.

These numbers have increase significantly from findings in 2014, which means that security should be a growing concern for your company. Let’s face it, the security measures you implemented in 2015 just aren’t going to cut it for 2016. You need to stay informed, in order to stay ahead of the hackers and combat their sophisticated attacks:

  • Be suspicious of emails: If you receive an email from someone you’ve never met, or even a friend that doesn’t usually send that type of message, verify who the sender is before opening any attachments.
  • Be careful with links: Instead of clicking a link to your bank or any other website via a link sent to you/found on the Internet, make sure you type the link into the address bar to avoid going to phony websites.
  • Be weary of attachments: Unless you’re completely certain where the attachment came from and what’s included in the attachment, don’t open it. Even if it’s sent from a friend – if you weren’t expecting it, trash it.

Start taking more advanced security measures in 2016. Call {company} at {phone} or email us at {email} to learn more about our managed IT services wherein we safeguard against all types of attacks.

The Power of Working with a Business Analyst

Your Avenue to Groundbreaking Success Starts with Techneto!

Techneto Understands Technology, But We Also Understand Financial Operations, Marketing, Sales, And Everything Else You Depend On!

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We know there’s more to your company than technology – there’s financial operations, marketing, sales, and various other facets that need to be improved alongside technology to achieve the best possible business outcomes. That’s why we’re more than just a technology partner, we’re a business analyst that knows how to help you through business analyst services wherein we ensure you’re able to:

  • Achieve a more competitive edge
  • Improve efficiency while boosting the bottom line
  • Harness the power of technology
  • Enhance processes and procedures to increase profits

When you leverage our business analyst services, we go above and beyond simply installing hardware and software, we analyze your entire company – from the way your staff operates to the challenges you face, in order to create a strategic plan wherein we’ll define and oversee a well-thought out series of priorities aimed at achieving your goals and objectives.

Discover what makes {company} the right business analyst for you. Call {phone} or send us an email: {email}.

 

Business Magic

Business magicAre You Planning Effectively For Your Business and Its Future?

Magic can make the impossible, the unbelievable and the inconceivable seem like a part of reality. Disappearing cards, levitating magicians, bisected assistants and more; the list of classic illusions goes on and on. What ties them all together is one key factor: the magic is really found in the difference between how something appears, and what is really going on.

We all know that despite what our eyes tell us, magic isn’t real. Misdirection, sleight of hand and ingenious devices allow magicians to fool us even though we know better. Any capable magician achieves this effect specifically through planning, because no magic trick happens by accident or through improvisation. The same goes for success in business.

Making the right decisions for your business’ future shouldn’t be a guessing game. Strategic planning and forethought goes into every course of action, including how you deal with Information Technology.

Don’t be reactive to change in business technology! {company} can help you plan for your {city} business’ future. Contact {company} at {phone} or {email} today for more information.

An effective plan has to start from a place of knowledge. It’s understandable that most businesses won’t have the know-how to create a plan with every aspect of business technology in mind, which is a where a strategic IT partner like {company} comes in.

We develop effective plans for businesses with the following steps in mind:

  • Foundation: create your vision of your desired outcome.
  • Details: be specific about the way in which you want your outcome to manifest.
  • Clarity: lay out a step-by-step plan for achieving your vision.
  • Collaboration: engage your team in the plan.
  • Practice: rehearse your craft each day to perfect your delivery.
  • Perspective: focus on your success, not your failure.

{company} can help you plan your technology to properly support your business as it grows and develops. This will help to minimize downtime, anticipate advanced in the field, and get better returns on your tech investments.

{company} wants to help make your business seem like magic! To learn more about our IT planning expertise, get in touch with us today at {phone} or {email}.

Culture of Engagement: What Is The Benefit For Your Business?

All across the country the job market is providing opportunities for employees, as well as cutthroat competition for employers, with the U.S Labor Department having announced this past July that a record high in 15 years of 5.8 million job positions open. Considering the fact that so many job opportunities are available, companies are experiencing pressure to bring in higher quality talent and ensure their turnover rates remain low. In order to do this effectively progressive companies are adopting a culture of engagement that allows them to stay appealing as well as relevant and diverse workforce.

What does creating a culture of engagement look like, you may wonder? It is about developing leadership habits, and building a work environment that enables employees to thrive, making them emotionally invested in the success of the company they are working for. A culture of engagement is something that is embedded into the way a company thinks and behaves.

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Businesses with a culture of engagement focus on:

  • Creating a vision or mission statement that clearly explains how their employees are engaged in work that is both purposeful and worthwhile.
  • Establishing frequent, two way communications that are open, transparent and authentic to make employees aware as to why certain strategies must be engaged in.
  • Empower employees, demonstrate accountability at all levels, provide appropriate challenges and give individual and group recognition in times of success, all in the interest of building an environment of trust.
  • Promote continuous learning that allows employees to attempt new challenges, develop leadership and spur continuous business improvement.
  • Make work enjoyable and inspire fun to make employees feel as though their time at work is well spent.

There have been big payoffs for companies that are purposefully creating a culture of engagement, with reports of annual revenue growth for these companies hitting 682%, compared to only 166% growth for those companies without such an approach.

Companies are seeing benefits that are far greater reaching than just finances. Stats from Gallup show that customer ratings are even higher than before, with a 10% increase in customer ratings and a 21% rise in increased productivity.

Changing work environments in addition to encouraging strongly developed leadership habits makes a vast difference within companies because employees become more emotionally invested in the success of a company, meaning everybody benefits. There is no better time than the present to get started creating a culture of engagement within your own business.  And we can help with that!  After all, we’re all about people helping people.

Ready to empower your business with a culture of engagement?  Discover how our managed IT services can help your business thrive!  For more information, contact {company} at {email} or call us directly at {phone}.

Trouble Trusting Your Existing IT Provider?

Companies depend on information technology more than ever before. Do you trust your existing IT provider to empower your business to reach greater innovation and higher cash-flow?

You’re operating in an increasingly competitive, technology-dependent business environment, which means you must leverage information technology to reach greater innovation and higher cash-flow, in order to stay ahead.

How do you know your existing IT provider is empowering your business?

Making cyber security a top priority

An IT provider that’s trustworthy will make security a top priority. Intruders and hackers are perpetual threats to every business – and maintaining security against cybercrime is vital, in order to safeguard valuable information and assets.

Proactively managing your systems

You depend on the availability of your systems to get work done. You cannot trust your IT provider if you’re not certain they’re proactively managing your systems. Proactive management is about preventing issues before they occur.

Outlining a technology roadmap

Information technology can be expensive, which is why you need a technology roadmap outlining/prioritizing all business goals and objectives, as well as the solutions expected to meet those goals and objectives, in order to optimize resources and save money.

Encouraging mobility for employees

We live in a mobile age where businesses all over the world are encouraging mobility for employees – allowing them to access important data and applications from any device or location. This significantly improves workflow as staff can collaborate anywhere.

When it comes to your information technology, there’s a lot at stake. Work with an IT provider you can trust to help you reach greater innovation and higher cash-flow.

Contact {company} at {phone} or email us at {email} for more information about how our managed services make IT worry-free. 

5 Vital Technology Trends To Maximize Your Investment In IT

We understand that effective IT is all about strategy.

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In order to provide solutions, we need to understand your challenges. With proactive care and support, you benefit from a much lower risk of downtime and fewer obstacles.

Our IT professionals provide strategies and solutions designed to protect your data and improve your bottom line. As technology continues to evolve, so does its role in your operations. {company} keeps our eye on trends, and the most effective investments to improve your business. These five developments are the best ways to maximize your IT investment.

IT Security

It seems obvious, but IT security is more crucial now than ever. Cybercriminals are smart, fast, and they always adapt quickly to changing technology landscapes. When a security issue cuts you off from your resources or compromises data, your business grinds to a halt. Proactive virus-scanning software and protection for your Email is vital.

Cloud Computing

Businesses are moving away from big infrastructure investments, instead relying on cloud-bases systems. {company} helps you leverage the full power of the cloud to provide unique solutions for your needs. You start saving money while increasing productivity and maximizing your capabilities, with innovative tools like Office 365.

Business Analytics

The power of business analytics is remarkable. By investing in data mining or business intelligence platforms, businesses are able to get a better grasp of what their customers expect – and then effectively plan to meet those expectations, leading to higher satisfaction and customer retention rates.

Innovation

As technology continues to evolve, your employees often want the latest and most effective technology. What many clients don’t account for is that new technology needs to be tested and assessed, to ensure not only that it’s safe, but also that it’s a smart addition for your unique operations.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Employees are rarely constrained to their desks anymore; they get their work done on the go, and when they come into the office they rely on their own devices. Mobile device management with proper precautions is important, so that every device is accounted for and your sensitive data is never compromised.

With a focus on trends and strategy, you finally get the best return on your IT investment. Get in touch with the technology professionals at {company} to discuss the most effective services and solutions for your unique needs, to alleviate distractions and give you the best odds for success. Contact us at {email} or {phone}.

Tired of IT Companies Doing More Harm Than Good?

Follow These 3 Simple Tips to Find the Technology Partner You Deserve!

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You’ve heard the stories: a business owner finds an IT company, thinks they seem great, and decides to work with them, but after a couple months, they find their calls aren’t being returned, their data isn’t being properly backed up, or worse, they try to change companies only to find their servers held hostage – leaving them stuck with a terrible IT company and no way to get out.

Fortunately, not all IT companies do more harm than good. There are a lot of great ones out there that’ll act as your technology partner – being responsive and working with integrity. Here are 3 simple tips to help you find the technology partner you deserve:

  1. Ask About Their Credentials and Qualifications

The IT industry has only been around for less than 35 years, and there’s nothing keeping unqualified people from entering the industry. Ask about credentials and qualifications before signing up. You want to make sure they’re qualified to help you achieve your goals and objectives through technology, and often, this means they should have the proper degrees, experience, and certifications to demonstrate expertise.

  1. Don’t Hesitate to Stop By Their Office for a Visit

Make sure you stop by their office for a visit to get to know their staff, find out how each staff member treats you, and ensure you feel comfortable with their level of client service. A lot of IT professionals tend to speak in ‘tech-terms.’ Does it seem like they’re talking down to you or speaking in terms you simply don’t understand? You don’t want an IT company that can’t explain things in terms you understand. If they don’t have client service skills, don’t sign an agreement!

  1. Look for Signs of Credibility

Don’t be afraid to ask how many clients they have, what type/size clients they have, and if you can speak to some of their existing clients. Also ask if they have any memberships with organizations in the community, publications, or media recognition. These are all great signs of credibility! Do they demonstrate thought leadership in the industry? Are they doing anything to stay ahead of evolving technology trends? Always look for signs of credibility.

When you’re working with a great technology partner, IT becomes a business enabler – helping you take your business where you want to be. Call {phone} or email us at: {email}. Discover why we’re the technology partner you’ve been waiting for!

Is Your Business Prepared for a PCI Compliance Audit?

Audits. The very word probably makes you shudder. No one likes it when the auditors come knocking at their door – you just know they’re going to ding you for something. But that only happens if you don’t take a moment to breathe and do a simple preparedness check ahead of time.

Is your business prepared for a PCI compliance audit?

If you accept credit cards, you must be compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) data security standard. That extends not only to you and your employees, but to any other companies or individuals with access to your IT systems. If someone can access your data, they’re obligated to meet PCI compliance too.

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First of all, you need to retain an audit-trail history for a time period that fits with your use and legal regulations. That’s different from business to business – you need to find out how long you need to maintain your records! The main thing that affects what you’re required to do for an audit is your PCI level:

  • Level 4 – Less than 20,000 transactions per year
  • Level 3 – 20,000 to 1 million transactions per year
  • Level 2 – 1 to 6 million transactions per year
  • Level 1 – Over 6 million transactions per year

Additionally, you need to be able to prove that you have the right IT security processes in place to maintain confidentiality and security for all your transactions. Are you using the right firewalls to protect your networks? Do you have encryption on any emails that might involve payment card information? Are all your systems properly secured against unauthorized access of data?

These are vital questions you need to answer before the auditors come knocking. If it turns out you’re non-compliant, banks and credit card institutions can impose fines ranging up to $500,000!

So how do you ensure you’re prepared for a PCI compliance audit? It’s simple: DO ONE YOURSELF. If you run your own audit before a mandated one comes along, you’ll discover any vulnerabilities or missteps while there’s still time to fix them.

The team at {company} is here to help. We’re the experts in PCI compliance for {city} businesses. We provide a full PCI compliance service:

  • A risk assessment to improve your data security.
  • Advice for staff training on security awareness, so your employees have the information and skills they need to meet the latest PCI standards and regulations.
  • Notifications about potential vulnerabilities ranked by order according to their seriousness. This way, you can address the most important first.

Protect your customers, protect your employees, and protect your livelihood – Contact {company} at {phone} or {email} to ensure your {city} business is prepared for a PCI compliance audit.