Hackers are increasingly targeting small businesses, but why? Wouldn’t they prefer to obtain a far greater volume of sensitive data, by hacking into a much larger company’s data storage system?

As with any other “job”, hackers confront a ratio of energy output to reward. The more difficult and time-consuming jobs “pay” more. But by tackling several smaller and easier jobs, they could potentially reap plenty of “reward” for their efforts (enough to make it worth the effort, anyway). The simple truth is that most smaller businesses just don’t employ an entire IT department and deploy high-tech protection protocol for their data. This makes them easier to hack, but considering how much data even small companies are digitally storing these days, there is still plenty of payoff for the hacker.

But just because your business is on the smaller side, that doesn’t mean you have to suffer repeated attacks! It is actually quite easy to establish secure data storage protocol, without employing an entire, dedicated IT department. To get started, ask yourself these five questions.

Is your data backup system easy to use? If the system isn’t easy to understand and utilize, you likely won’t use it faithfully. Luckily, there are plenty of backup solutions that don’t require the user to invest much time or know-how.

Is the system reliable? If it updates in real time, your data will stay up to date and recoverable at any moment.

How long does it take to recover data? You can’t afford a lot of downtime, so make sure your data backup procedure includes instant restore capabilities.

Is it comprehensive? No, you probably aren’t employing an entire IT department. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive data protection system that includes backup, recovery, and continuity solutions. By outsourcing these tasks to an independent firm, you can ensure that all of these functions are seamlessly integrated. And your company will suffer less down time in the event of an attack.

Is your storage system affordable? Hiring even just one employee to manage all of your IT needs can be unaffordable for many small businesses. That’s where we enter the equation. Give us a call at 888-RING-MY-TECH. We’ll show you how to enjoy the benefits of hiring your own IT professional, but at a lower cost, by outsourcing your data protection needs to a professional service.