How Stable is Your IT Infrastructure?

Written by Victoria Wilson
How Stable is your IT Infrastructure? does it resemble a tower of blocks, unsteady and vulnerable?

How does your IT infrastructure compare to this tower of blocks?

Do you update software with your fingers crossed, struggle to access data or spend a lot of time scrolling on your phone when the systems are down?

Everything depends on data availability and accessibility nowadays. No matter your sector, modern workplaces and businesses depend on robust and secure IT networks. From desktops and connected devices to cloud storage and the network connections between, every 'block' contributes to the overall stability of your tower.

Maybe one of your goals for this year was to optimise and modernise your IT systems. The to-do list can seem overwhelming if you're working with legacy hardware and software.

Over time, IT networks can become more jumbled-up, leading to breakdowns and delays that cost you in productivity and profit. 

Here are 3 key things we recommend that you prioritise as your evaluate and update your IT network:

Availability

Can you see, use and process your data when you need to---even during possible disruptions? A lapse in availability could lead to lost or incorrect data, missing snapshots of your IT environment and even compromise through a breach or exposure.

-Make a plan. Include a 'Recovery Point Objective' (RPO) and 'Recovery Time Objective' (RTO) in your disaster recovery plans and find a DR or backup partner who can help you restore your systems in minutes, not days.

-Build redundancy into your IT infrastructure. Have secondary sites where your entire infrastructure is mirrored, so you can quickly or automatically switch over in case of failure on your main servers.

Accessibility

Especially since changes like GDPR have been implemented, transparency regarding data storage is critical to protect your clients and reputation. A large component of GDPR preparation required you to understand where your data was stored and for how long. IT optimisation lends itself well to increased data accessibility.

-Streamline your databases and cloud storage, as well as reassess your hardware. Consider what can be moved to the cloud. Cloud hosting in a bespoke private, public or hybrid environment allows you maximum control over what is stored and where. Access a control panel to monitor activity on your network, or allow our technicians to shoulder that burden.

Security

Cyber criminals are developing new methods and attacks on a daily basis. Small cracks in your 'tower' could lead to your entire system tumbling down from a data breach, malware or DDoS attack. IT Security is a critical component of any modernising project.

-Limit access. Reconsider which levels of clearance are appropriate for your teams and departments. Err on the side of caution to minimise the risk of data breaches.

-Invest in your cyber-security strategy. Consider penetration testing to get a clear understanding of your vulnerabilities, and then choose high-impact investments like advanced firewalls, anti-DDoS and email security to protect your organisation on the frontlines of cyber-attacks.

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