Are You Confident in the IT Support That Your Company Uses?

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At President Obama’s last press conference of 2016 occurred today it came as no surprise that the press asked him about the Russian hacking that sought to influence the last Presidential election. In response, Obama point blank indicated that there is hacking that is going on every day. And while we have likely always known this to be the case, it certainly is not comforting to hear the leader of the free world acknowledge this at one of his final press conferences. The sense of urgency increases as the next elected President seems to want to deny that hacking even took place. From an earlier announcement this week about the Yahoo security breach to today’s formal press conference with the President of the United States, there is no doubt that IT services will continue to be a major concern of both businesses and private individuals.
With more than 50 million physical servers in the world, the safety of the nation’s power grid, as well as business records and private accounts are at risk and are in need of protection and safe guarding. With as many as 80 to 90 million plus cybersecurity events a year, and close to 400 new threats every minute the need for IT services is essential. In addition to all of the attacks that we know about, some experts insist that as many as another 70% of attacks go undetected.
IT Services and Cloud Services Help the Nation’s Information Remain Safe and Secure
Where does your company get its IT support? For many companies the answer to this question is not just one provider, but a group of IT service providers. In some cases, for instance, one provider is contracted for cloud services, and another provider is contracted for an additional layer of IT security. It is, in fact, hard to argue with a two tiered protection and storage plan for IT services. And while 59% of businesses indicate that they still store backups in only one location, the two or more tiered plan is growing popularity and frequency.
One of the greatest fears that some financial institutes and government offices have is ransomware. Defined as a malicious software format that is designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. In addition to losing the private information and access to financial records, ransomware has the additional threat of requiring large amounts of money to eliminate the immediate threat.
Consider the following statistics about the need for detailed and sophisticated IT services:

  • $180 billion was the expected end-user spending on cloud services by the year 2015.
  • $79.1 billion is predicted to be the global market for cloud equipment by the year 2018.
  • 25% of respondents indicate that it they could only move one application to the cloud, the application that they would move would be storage.
  • 82% of companies indicate that they saved money by moving to the cloud.
  • 14% of companies indicate that they were able to downsize their IT staff after cloud adoption.
  • 80% of cloud adopters indicate that they saw improvements within six months of moving even part of their services to the cloud.
  • 80% of cloud adopters indicate that they saw improvements within six months of moving even part of their services to the cloud.
  • 27% of Americans indicate their credit card information has been stolen in the past year, according to a Gallup poll.
  • 11% of Americans indicate their computer or smartphone has been hacked in the past year, according to a Gallup poll.
  • 140,000 hard drives crash in the U.S. every year.

We live in a digital age and as great as all of the advantages of that technology can be, we also realize the threat that technology introduces. When, for instance, all of a company’s and individual’s financial records were kept in an accounting book in a drawer or a vault, the information may have been more save in the mind’s of some. In the event of a fire, flood, or other kind of natural disaster, however, that single copy of records could be lost forever. Technology helps us know that we have back up sources, but the those backups are not free from technical vulnerability, theft, and hacking.

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