Summer is a great time to catch up on old projects, get ahead on fall/winter planning, and check off those bucket list items you’ve had your sights set on. On the technology front, it’s the perfect time to try out some new technologies and get organized.
Here are a few ideas for your summer IT bucket list:
When was the last time you changed your passwords? Have you performed a vulnerability test yet this year? To prevent internal and external cyber-attacks, your firm needs to have a plan in place around cybersecurity. There are a number of deliverables to keep track of, so we recommend using this handy cybersecurity calendar to stay on top of tests, assessments and recommendations.
Implement a MDM solution.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend has rapidly expanded over the past several years, providing firms with cost savings, allowing for flexibility, and increasing employee satisfaction. As the trend continues, it is important for firms to implement a defined policy around BYOD and mobile device management. There are a number of reputable MDM vendors in the marketplace; summer is a good time to do some research and ensure your firm’s plan meets your mobile technology needs.
Try new technologies.
If you’ve received a suspicious email asking you to change your password or transfer money to an unknown account, you understand what it’s like to be at the receiving end of a phishing scam. Fortunately, there are tools your firm can try to train users to become more aware of these threats before they cause damage to your organization. Managed phishing simulation tools are an effective way to test your users’ knowledge of common phishing tricks. We recommend performing these tests at least every 3-6 months – either by your firm or a managed service provider.
Get rid of dirty data.
Summer is the perfect time to clean out those buried folders stashed on your PC. Incomplete, outdated and duplicate data living within your systems can lead to vulnerabilities you may not be aware of. Read more on dirty data and data hygiene best practices here.
Backup your data.
With cyber threats growing exponentially, conducting regular backups is a critical method protecting your sensitive data and assets. As we’ve seen with recent ransomware attacks (e.g. WannaCry & Petya), when files and stolen and encrypted, the only way to recover them is through backup files.
Plan for the future.
While all of the above are crucial bucket list items for your firm, it is also important to plan for the future. When things are slow in the summertime, use those extra hours for planning and spend time visualizing where you want your firm to be down the road. On the technology front, planning for the next 1-3 years is advised to prevent easily outgrowing your IT systems and to avoid future disruptions.
As summer nears its end, it is imperative that your firm is cyber-ready, has clean data and future plans in place. This is a good time to catch up on these bucket list items as we prepare for the busy fall season.
Relevant Articles on Data Security Best Practices:
- An Achievable Calendar For Cyber Security Plan Implementation
- Spring Cleaning Tips For Securing Your Digital Footprint
- IT Security Dos and Don’ts To Live By