As we kick off the new year, it’s important to keep your IT goals and strategy in mind. What you do at the start of the year can set your business off on the right foot moving forward.

Here at KLH, we want to share 5 tech best practices you should follow. Ensure your IT systems are fortified against potential attacks, confirm the right people have access to the right systems and plan against potential downtime issues.

1. Backup Recovery

Does your current backup solution meet your downtime threshold? If not, now’s the time to find a solution that fits. After all, if your system is down, you’re not only losing potential revenue, but you’re also risking your business reputation.

Not sure how to calculate your downtime production percentage? Take the total number of seconds your website is down in a given week or month and divide it by the total number of seconds your website was monitored. So, if your site was down 300 seconds and you monitored it 86,000 seconds, your downtime percentage would be .34%. How much can you afford in terms of downtime?

KLH offers backup strategy expertise by reviewing or assessing your current situation. We make recommendations for backup recovery to ensure you’re back up and running quickly, and you avoid costly downtime.

2. Review Network Permissions

If it’s been a while since you reviewed who has permission to access your network, now couldn’t be soon enough. Unbeknownst to you, former employees or vendors you’ve worked with in the past might still be able to access your server and systems. Is that really a security risk you want to take?

The IT professionals at KLH will rightsize your permissions, both internally and externally, so only those who need to access your system can. Commit to determining if third-party vendors should have access to your network. Just because it may make their job easier doesn’t mean you have to make your system vulnerable by giving them network permissions.

 3. Retire Microsoft Products at End of Support

On January 14, Microsoft will end support for Server 2008, Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7. If you are still running either server operating system, you can move to Azure which will be supported for another 3 years. It’s a good idea, however, to start your Azure migration plan so that your IT system remains protected.

We can help determine if moving to Azure is the right path and, if it’s not, we will make recommendations to ensure you stay safe.

4. Set Up Two-Factor Authentication

We’ve told you about the benefits of setting up two-factor authentication… so what are you waiting for? Using this tool provides an added layer of protection against data breaches.

We’re here to help set up your two-factor authentication and determine who in your company needs it.

5. Get a Cloud Health Check-In

Whether you have a single app or host everything in the cloud, it’s imperative that you regularly review IT plans, playbooks and procedures for cloud-based services. If your organization has already moved workloads into the cloud, is planning additional migrations or needs to create hybrid instances for legacy platforms, 2020 can be a year for efficient cloud services growth.

KLH will assist you with cloud health check-ins, cost management, automation, optimization, security, cloud business continuity and compliance.

It’s time to partner with an IT managed services provider that can help you be more efficient and more productive and has your bottom line and security in mind. Call KLH ((952) 258-8200) or contact us online to see how we can help you make 2020 your best year yet.