Network Management: The Keys to Business Success

Network Management: The Keys to Business Success

A computer network needs regular maintenance to maintain its speed, efficiency and security: leaving a problem unattended can not only effect performance, but can also lead to extended downtime and data loss that could have been prevented.

Unfortunately, most business owners don’t realize that their network is woefully inefficient or has been compromised until it’s too late. Numerous system checks and updates should be performed regularly to ensure maximum speed, performance, and security. Ignore them and your system will grow progressively slower, unstable, and susceptible to viruses, spyware, and hackers.

Tape backups for your company’s critical data isn’t enough. Unfortunately, the failure rate for tape backup is 100%, meaning that tape drives will fail at some point, without warning. The worst time to discover that your backup is no longer working is the day after your hard drive is erased, hardware fails, or software becomes corrupted.

Managing your business network should encompass:

  • Regular maintenance of your IT infrastructure to ensure speed and efficiency
  • Critical software updates and security patches
  • Fast, remote technical support, and
  • 24-7 watch over your network and data.

Strategic Network Management from IT Direct:

Here’s what we offer new clients through our Problem Prevention Assessment:

  1. Check your network’s current security against hacker attacks, theft, worms, viruses, and even employee sabotage.
  2. Scan and remove hidden spyware that is secretly stealing your company’s bandwidth, jeopardizing the speed of your computer system, and stealing confidential information about you, your employees, and your business.
  3. Check your network back up system to make sure it is working properly and accurately, backing up all of the files and information that are absolutely critical for your business’ operation.
  4. Perform a quick network “tune-up” to make programs and files load faster.
  5. Discuss a project or upgrade you are considering, or give you a second opinion on a quote you received.

Whether building a new network from the ground up or deciphering an error message when you open a document, you can count on IT Direct to help with all aspects of your company’s network management. As a client, you will have a dedicated network engineer and a technician, as well as a team of back-up support to bring you the highest level of support. What’s more, you can also count on our company owner to get involved with your project to make sure you are receiving the best solutions and highest level of service possible. Contact IT Direct to schedule a consultation today at (860) 656-9110.

Outsourcing Network Management

Outsourcing Network Management

Outsourcing your network management with IT Direct gives you a cost-effective team of professionals. What is the value of this team? Just one IT professional will typically cost you $60,000-$80,000 per year with salary, benefits and overhead expenses. We deliver a specialist in every area that you need for a fraction of the cost of bringing that expertise in-house, saving you thousands of dollars in the process.

With IT Direct you are instantly “hiring” decades of IT experience and receiving a complete IT Department at a fraction of the investment. Our technicians are seasoned, qualified, professionals with years of real world experience. We require all of our staff to attend ongoing training to ensure we are up-to-date on the latest technologies and solutions. You won’t find a better-qualified team of professionals anywhere for your company’s network management.

Just as important as your need for IT expertise is the localized, individual attention your business deserves. We’ll answer every question you have in plain English and ensure that you understand your options so you can make decisions based on your priorities and budget – not just because we say so.

Solid network management recognizes that response time is critical when there is an issue with your network. Clients of IT Direct are guaranteed a one-hour response time by a qualified technician for any emergency. When your computer network goes down in the middle of a busy workday, you need it fixed immediately so as not to affect your employees’ productivity as they wait for their computers to go back online. We also offer remote monitoring 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to prevent problems before they interfere with your business.

Every company has unique, specialized needs for network management, and one solution certainly doesn’t fit all. Each of IT Direct’s clients enjoy a specialized, cost-effective solution for their IT needs. All of our technicians are trained to find the highest value solution to your problem without sacrificing quality. We never charge clients for expensive upgrades, hardware, and solutions that aren’t necessary. Costs vary, depending on the network.

The Nuts and Bolts

All computer networks need regular ongoing maintenance to keep them running problem free. With IT Direct, you’ll not only enjoy faster and more reliable service from your computer network, but you’ll gain incredible peace of mind knowing that your network and the data is held safe from loss, corruption, downtime, viruses, hackers, spyware, and a host of other problems.

Whether building a new network from the ground up or deciphering an error message when you open a document, you can count on IT Direct to help with all aspects of your company’s network management. As a client, you will have a dedicated network engineer and a technician, as well as a team of back-up support to bring you the highest level of support. What’s more, you can also count on our company owner to get involved with your project to make sure you are receiving the best solutions and highest level of service possible. Contact IT Direct to schedule a consultation today at (860) 656-9110

Computer Consulting: The IT Direct Difference: The Way I.T. Should Be™

Computer Consulting: The IT Direct Difference: The Way I.T. Should Be™

Since 2002 IT Direct has focused on computer consulting the right way – simply put, The Way I.T. Should Be™. Yes, the latest and best technology is crucial for servicing your company’s systems, but just as important for computer consulting are the technicians – the first-line experts for your IT support. That’s the IT Direct Difference, and it all begins with our 5-Point Pledge™ to you:

1. We guarantee a response time of one hour for network emergencies.

When you experience computer network problems in the middle of a busy workday, you need it fixed immediately. IT Direct commits to having a qualified technician working on your issue within one hour. Also, since it’s best to find a problem before it even happens in the first place, most clients take advantage of IT Direct’s Remote Monitoring as part of our comprehensive computer consulting services. It’s a secure watch over your critical systems 24 hours a day, seven days a week to prevent network and hardware problems before they interfere with your business.

2. We provide you the individual attention you deserve.

You may require a new network from the ground up, or simply need help in finding the source for an error message when you open a document. You can count on us to help. As a client, you will have a dedicated network engineer and a technician, as well as a team of back-up support to ensure you receive the highest level of computer consulting services.

3. We’ll answer your questions in plain English.

Your understanding of the various options that are available for computer consulting is important not just because we say so, but so you can make decisions based on your priorities and budget.

4. Our technicians are qualified professionals with years of real world experience who value continuing education.

IT Direct requires ALL of our staff to attend ongoing training classes so that our clients will benefit from the most up-to-date technologies and solutions. Computer consulting technicians attend training on our time, so you don’t have them learning on yours. You won’t find a better-qualified team of professionals in the Connecticut area.

5. We will provide you with the most cost-effective solutions

All of IT Direct’s engineers are trained to find the highest value solution to your problem without sacrificing quality – this means that we’ll help you invest only the dollars that are necessary, and not a dollar more.

When we serve small or medium businesses and non-profit organizations with expert computer consulting services, we take our 5-Point Pledge™ seriously because we know it is the IT Direct Difference for our valued clients. Connect with us and we’ll show you The Way I.T. Should Be™.

Computer Consulting in Connecticut: The IT Direct Difference

Computer Consulting in Connecticut: The IT Direct Difference

“IT Direct makes us feel like we are their only client.”
IT Manager Connecticut Science Center

This statement from a valued computer consulting client was part of the valuable feedback that we received recently after hiring an outside firm to conduct extensive surveying on our customer service. Aside from providing some opportunities to pat ourselves on the back, the beneficial results from the survey of our Connecticut clients allowed us to finely tune the profile of computer consulting clients whom we can best serve. We’ve narrowed these attributes to Seven Characteristics of Our Ideal Computer Consulting Client:

  1. Your organization has ten to 300 computers and wants to focus on its core business, leaving IT Direct to successfully apply, integrate and maintain the technologies that support you.
  2. You have realistic expectations about computer consulting and IT support, and agree with our 5-Point Pledge™.
  3. You value an IT partner who takes a business-minded approach.
  4. You operate your business with defined and reliable business processes.
  5. You believe that smooth-running technology systems are an essential advantage to your Connecticut business, and are willing to invest what you need to make your systems work (but not more than absolutely necessary).
  6. You share IT Direct’s belief in mutual respect among our computer consulting clients, employees and vendors.
  7. You believe that doing serious work doesn’t always mean being serious. We love working with people who are as fun we are!

If these Seven Characteristics sound like some of the qualities of your small or medium business in Connecticut, we would love for you to join our family of computer consulting clients. Here is how we meet our customers’ needs, and what you can expect as well:

  • Communication: Keep our clients and our team informed at all times.
  • Under-Promise, Over-Deliver: Clients know what to expect from IT Direct’s computer consulting services and can rely on our word.
  • The 5Ps: We know that Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance, so we equip ourselves thoroughly before every task.
  • Move Quickly, Don’t Rush: While our computer consulting clients receive a fast response times, we’re always careful to deliver the same quality service that defines IT Direct.
  • Value, Value, Value: We deliver this with every client interaction.

Since 2002 IT Direct has served computer consulting clients throughout Connecticut, ensuring smoothly-running systems 24/7, building and maintaining intelligent networks, and implementing necessary updates. We’re also honored to be called upon to design critical data backup plans and perform fast disaster recovery duties to restore our clients’ important business functions as quickly as possible.

That’s The IT Direct Difference, and The way I.T. should be™. We’re ready to help with Connecticut’s best IT and computer consulting services, so let us know how we can start getting you connected.

The Top 3 Issues Affecting Today’s Large Computer Networks

The Top 3 Issues Affecting Today’s Large Computer Networks

IT Security personnel and network support staff tasked with managing large networks are routinely at odds with identifying and solving the most common problems a large network poses. Typical causes that can be identified and treated, however, generally fall within one of the following three categories:

  • Performance Degradation
  • Host Identification
  • Security Issues

Performance Degradation

Performance degradation refers to issues involving loss of speed and data integrity due to poor transmissions. While every network is prone to performance issues, large networks are especially susceptible due to the additional distance, endpoints, and additional equipment at midpoints.

Solutions to performance degradation are not terribly difficult. The very first step is to purchase the best quality computer networking hardware one can afford. All other solutions build upon a solid foundation of good network hardware. After all, network performance is only as good as the components of which it is composed.

Although quality matters, in this case quantity can also be an issue. Networks without enough routers, switches, domain controllers, etc. is comparable to pumping water from a municipal well with a straw. Beginning with adequate, quality hardware is an excellent start, but that still is not enough. Hardware is useless without proper configuration.

It is essential to ensure all computers and network “plumbing” are properly connected (with quality cabling) and configured. This includes verifying network settings in server and desktop network configuration apps and also verifying settings in the firmware of networking components (switches, routers, firewalls, etc.). Every device connected on the network should be initially and routinely checked for problems, as rogue PCs infected with viruses, spyware, botware and so forth can waste bandwidth and, even worse, infect other systems.

Host Identification

Proper configuration is also essential to maintaining proper host identification. Just as the post office cannot deliver messages without some form of addressing, neither can computer networking hardware. While small networks can easily be configured with manual addressing, this becomes completely impractical in large networks. DHCP servers, domain controllers, and their requisite addressing software and protocols are a must when it comes to creating and maintaining a large, scalable network.

Top performance and proper host identification are hardly beneficial on a network that has been breached by hackers. It is for this very reason why securing one’s network is equally important.

Security Issues

Network security issues involve maintaining network integrity, preventing unauthorized users from infiltrating the system (viewing/stealing sensitive data, passwords, etc.), and protecting the network denial of service attacks.

These issues are greatly magnified as a networks increases in size. Larger networks are more susceptible to attack because they offer more vulnerable points at which intruders can gain access. More users, more passwords, and more hardware mean more places a hacker can try to get in.

Defense against these problems include using firewalls and proxies, installing strong antivirus software, deploying strict password policies, making use of network analysis software, physically securing computer networking assets, and invoking procedures that compartmentalize a large network with internal boundaries.

These three issues, as broadly encompassing as they are, can be overwhelming for small- to mid-sized business to handle on their own. Leave it to IT Direct to help you design, deploy, and manage a large networking solution that’s right for your business. IT Direct is the leading authority in Connecticut for computer networking and consulting solutions of any scale. Contact us today to get started.

Data Security Issues on Computer Networks

Data Security Issues on Computer Networks

What is the importance of data security on computer networks? Here’s a hint: if you enjoy remaining in business, it’s perhaps one of the most important issues in IT.

Your customers rely on you to keep their information private, just as you rely on your computer networks to keep your proprietary information safe from the prying eyes of competitors. A poorly set up computer network is like an unfortified empire; there are plenty of points of entry, and none of them are particularly beneficial to your business strategy.

Luckily, IT Direct has years of experience dealing with data security on computer networks. As a well-known IT Consulting firm based in Connecticut, IT Direct has handled data security for a wide array of businesses and organizations. We understand not only how to secure a network, but how to arrange its architecture to provide the fastest and most reliable response times on the market. We work with companies not only on a technical level, but on a strategic level. By forming a working relationship with each of our clients, we are able to anticipate what kind of security issues they may face in the future.

Different industries face different potential IT threats. An aerospace firm will be exposed to a slightly different breed of data exposure than an architectural firm. We pride ourselves on not only understanding the specifics of each industry in terms of its data usage, but also how to create a network that can relay that information without dragging down response times or making it unnecessarily difficult for authorized personnel to access information.

IT Direct specializes in creating networks that are air-tight without being overly restrictive. Many security experts design systems that may be technically safe, but are often difficult to use. The best design is simple without being simplistic. We apply that standard to each of our installations.

We are also fluent in the challenges posed by remote networking. To effectively compete in the 21st century, many companies have hub offices located in different cities spread across the globe. Sharing information over such geographically vast distances doesn’t have to result in a compromise of data security. IT Direct emphasizes an approach whereby data sharing is organized and efficient, without cutting off innovation. Every network needs room to grow, but it requires careful planning in order to maintain high security standards. Remote networks whereby individuals travel and upload information or work off-site on a regular basis require speed, flexibility, and an exceptional ease with data transfer. Many companies work in real-time when they are thousands of miles apart. Without instantaneous data transfer and display, these situations become unworkable and lead to losses in productivity, not to mention profit.

The bottom line is that each company’s needs are different. By calling or emailing us, we can provide you with a customized quote based on your industry, your current network status, and where you’d like to go in the future.

Data security for computer networks isn’t an option; it’s a necessary component for any company that wants to maintain a competitive edge and a sterling reputation. Don’t wait until you suffer a breach of information and an embarrassing public scandal; contact us today to find out how we can provide you with our unbeatable professional data security.

Network Security and Preserving Network Integrity

Network Security and Preserving Network Integrity

Modern enterprises are constantly at odds with various security issues their networks face on a daily basis. Viruses, spam, network intrusions and denial-of-service attacks are just a few examples of the threats in existence today that can adversely affect a company’s network. When it comes to preserving network integrity, these serious matters must be addressed both immediately and on a continuing basis in order to preserve network integrity.

What exactly does “network integrity” mean? Asking a dozen IT experts will usually generate at least a dozen different answers. All of these answers are typically related somehow to the underlying definition of “integrity” itself, namely the quality of being sound, complete and incorruptible. Something is said to be sound when it is in good condition and free of defects. When something is complete, it contains all the components necessary for proper function. When something is incorruptible, it is void of improper operation and incapable of generating errors.

The same applies to networks in the IT world.

At a low level, network integrity is ensured by mechanisms that prevent data from becoming lost, garbled or modified without consent. Mechanisms that perform these tasks are typically embedded within software protocols, drivers and networking firmware. At an enterprise level, however, network integrity refers to the complete network as a whole with network-discoverable resources matching that listed in inventory. Any discrepancies indicate a compromise in network integrity, whether by hardware failure, software failure, network intrusion or otherwise.

There are a few factors to consider when it comes to preserving network integrity: availability, security, bandwidth and control. Network availability refers to how accessible a network is to applications and end users. A router or switch operating poorly or failing outright reduces network availability, as it inhibits network access for its connected clients. Security refers to how safe a network is from threats. A secure network prevents intrusions like worms, trojans and other traffic anomalies from adversely impacting it. Bandwidth refers the amount of raw data that can be piped in and out of a network without hindrance. A network’s bandwidth is adversely affected by large amounts of spam and denial-of-service attacks. Control refers to the network administrator’s ability to manage and oversee the network as a whole.

A network is functioning properly when several things occur:

  • applications and client get enough network availability
  • applications and clients get proper bandwidth
  • network security does its job during both peacetime and attack
  • network management has complete control of the entire network

When it comes to preserving these traits in today’s modern networks, network managers are quickly abandoning the traditional focus on network security solely at the perimeter level for a more holistic, layered approach. The new layered approach to insuring network integrity is composed of the following layers:

  • Perimeter defense
  • Systems layer
  • Application gateway layer
  • Host integrity layer

Perimeter defense consists of the traditional setup of firewalls, antivirus filters and intrusion-detection systems. Although these are still vital components needed to prevent hackers from invading your network, they alone do not guarantee complete protection from modern attacks.

A network integrity systems layer fits between your perimeter and application defense systems, making use of automated policy handlers that analyze traffic to intelligently regulate legitimate traffic, limit surges of problematic traffic and block traffic anomalies. With the rise of instant messenger and peer-to-peer file sharing use, this layer is vital to providing bandwidth and availability to mission-critical applications.

The application gateway layer is designed to analyze endpoint traffic. It consists of spam filters, web application gateways and other systems designed to augment a firewall in efforts to provide deep packet inspection and other proxy-like services for enhanced network protection.

These three layers provide substantial improvements over perimeter defense alone. More can be done at host level though, as security does not end once data arrives at its destination. The final step to providing network integrity occurs through use of antivirus software, spyware tools, intrusion-prevention tools and localized firewalls that reside on the end hosts themselves.

The method by which these four broad layers are arranged vary from network to network. Designing, deploying and managing a layered network defense can be overwhelming for small- to mid-sized business to handle on their own. Leave it to IT Direct to help you design, deploy, and manage a networking solution that’s right for your. IT Direct is the leading authority in Connecticut for computer networking and consulting solutions of any scale. Call or email us today to get started.

Network Support: In-House or Outsource?

Network Support: In-House or Outsource?

The following scenario is all too common: a company starts out with a handful of workstations and one modest server, only to find itself a few years down the road with a sprawl of desktops, remote PCs, thin clients, application servers, file servers, web servers, print servers, hubs, routers, switches, NAS devices, wi-fi hotspots and a plethora of other networking equipment that looks nothing like the original basic setup. While company growth is generally considered a good thing, growing a company’s network can be harmful to business success if done improperly. Networks that are properly “engineered” instead of haphazardly “evolved” are preferred for sustainable growth, especially when the growth exceeds that which on-hand networking staff can reasonably support at any given time.

Although there is no clearly defined point when it should occur, at some point or another owners of small to mid-sized businesses eventually come to the conclusion that their networking strategy needs to be reevaluated. Although the time when this occurs may not be exact, signs that indicate the need for this include the following:

  • noticeable increase in network support tickets
  • significant decrease in network performance
  • visible indicators of networking equipment failure
  • obvious networking software failures

When one or more of the above start to occur, it is most likely time to start thinking about defining or redefining a clear, concise network support strategy. One of the most essential questions to answer at this time is whether network support should be conducted in-house or performed by an outside company. Although initial instincts may encourage business owners and IT management staff to go the in-house route, this can be a perilous move for small to mid-sized firms that are not prepared to handle such responsibilities internally.

Just as most small to mid-sized firms don’t take on the responsibility of milling their own printer paper or manufacturing their own staples, the decision to handle one’s own network support affairs often centers around whether it is efficient to go the “DIY” route. Many successful companies choose to focus on their core competencies rather than handle every logistical matter themselves. This focus is what often leads to success in their own particular industry, as outsourcing network support affords them more time to specialize on whatever products and services they offer in order to succeed and become profitable. When cash flow is diverted to staff who focus on fixing network printers and troubleshooting Internet outages, that is money that cannot be used to improve one’s primary focus on income-generating activities.

Another benefit to using an outside vendor for network support is in-line with the idea of preserving cash flow for profitable activities, namely the ability to reduce operational costs. Outside firms providing network support are experts in what they do, thus being able to perform their duties faster, better and cheaper than in-house staff lacking the skills and experience in specific networking support duties.

Consider our previous discussion in the article titled “Network Security – The Cold Hard Facts” which explained the various duties and expertise in network design, protocols, device configuration and more required to maintain a secure network. Another article titled “The Top 3 Issues Affecting Today’s Large Computer Networks” details the various issues experts must tackle on a daily basis in order to maintain an effective network. These topics are full-time affairs requiring every care and attention to detail a full-time professional would put into his or her own line of work. Allowing one’s staff to handle these issues “on the side” or as a secondary thought to be addressed after business hours would be detrimental to productivity. Saving these tasks for outsourced networking professionals allows a company’s staff to focus time and energy on what they do best.

Outsourcing your network support may seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be. Leave it to IT Direct to help you get started with a network support outsourcing solution that’s right for your business. IT Direct is the leading authority in Connecticut for computer networking and consulting solutions of any scale. Contact us today to get started.

5 Things To Consider When Setting Up a Small Business Computer Network

5 Things To Consider When Setting Up a Small Business Computer Network

In the old days, a famous automobile advertisement once said, “this is not your father’s Oldsmobile.” We’re not talking about cars now, but in a sense the same mentality holds true for computer technology, as this is not your father’s networking environment. In times gone by, a small business network setup consisted of a few desktop PCs connected to a modest file server. Nowadays, small business is actually big business; a single PC can now contain gigabytes of mission-critical information. Gone are the days of 56kbps dial-up Internet access, too, as even the smallest ‘Small Office Home Office’ operations most likely have high-speed connections now.

While all of this new computing and networking firepower brings great benefits to one’s small business, it can also bring great disasters if proper care isn’t taken from the very beginning when one’s computer network is first established. The following five suggestions should be on the top of your priority list when setting up a new computer network for your business:

1. Determine your network’s purpose

While this may seem obvious, many small business owners don’t actually take time in the beginning to determine the purpose of their network. Is the network intended to link up computers locally or provide remote access as well? Will there be applications and data shared from a central repository or distributed amongst various desktop and laptop PCs in a peer-to-peer fashion? Understanding the purpose of your network will put you in a better position for procuring the right components and setting up the proper connections necessary to meet your networking needs.

2. Establish a budget

Failing to establish a budget for your network can lead to a multitude of problems in the future. Not knowing just how much you are able to spend on networking hardware such as routers, switches, wi-fi hot spots, cabling and firewalls could lead to purchasing the wrong hardware or hardware that may not be best suited to work with pre-existing infrastructure. Without knowing how much a small business has to spend on networking from day one could lead to money shortages before all of the right hardware is purchased and installed. Buying the greatest backup system on the market, for example, isn’t going to be very useful if there isn’t enough money to install, operate and maintain it.

3. Security

People don’t really recognize the need for security until it is too late. When it comes to small business computer networking, security needs to be established from the very beginning. Have software to block spam, advertisements and malware from entering your network. Keep all operating system software and user applications fully patched and updated. Insist on the use of strong passwords for all accounts, file-shares and encrypted data. Keep important systems physically secured in lockable server rooms as well.

4. Training

Training is closely related to security, as a lot of staff training should be devoted towards understanding proper use of the network so as to prevent it from becoming compromised. Employees need to be instructed on what constitutes proper use of company networking resources so as to prevent malware and viruses from ruining the system.

5. Maintenance

Computer networks need to be maintained to continue operating effectively. Unfortunately, network maintenance can often turn into a full-time job, something that small business owners just don’t have the time, money and know-how to do properly We discussed this topic in great detail within our previous article titled “Network Support: In-House or Outsource?” Often times it makes better sense for small businesses to obtain network support from a professional Technology Consultant, but who are you going to trust?

Leave it to IT Direct to help get your network up and running. IT Direct is the leading authority in Connecticut for designing, installing and maintaining small business network setups. Contact us today to see what we can do to get your small business network up and running.

IT Consulting in a Wireless World – Protecting Your Network and Wireless Devices

IT Consulting in a Wireless World – Protecting Your Network and Wireless Devices

Mobile devices have greatly expanded the ability for businesspeople of all kinds to get their work done while on the road. While telephones were originally limited to the office, hotel room and phone booth, road warriors from every industry are now free to conduct business anywhere a mobile signal is available. Mobile devices go beyond that of traditional cell phone though, now combining telephony with PDA features. In fact, today’s mobile devices and smartphones possess more power than the desktop PCs of just a few years ago, allowing people on-the-go the ability to communicate and perform computing tasks practically anywhere.

Such freedom comes at a tremendous cost, however, as mobile devices open up small businesses to risks that traditional telecommunication devices never did. A mobile phone from just a decade or two ago was simply a portable telephone and nothing more. Telephone contacts may have been compromised due to loss or theft but was nothing worse than losing a Rolodex or Day Runner. PDAs introduced greater risks of data loss but still lacked the bandwidth and storage capacity that today’s modern devices possess. Today’s wireless devices, with their high storage capacities and high-speed networking features give hackers and thieves an easy route into your company network.

In many ways, today’s modern mobile devices are no different than typical desktops and laptops businesspeople have been using for years. Smartphones, tablets PCs and netbooks all contain the same computing and communication features a typical laptop would have, yet are much more susceptible to loss or theft. Whereas a laptop may be locked down to avoid theft, smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are not typically secured to any physical location. Their smaller sizes make them inherently more vulnerable to loss and theft as well. While the outright replacement value for a high-end smartphone may be difficult to manage, this is not the worst part of the problem.

The real problem has to do with the vulnerability one’s small business network is susceptible to when the data on the device falls into the wrong hands. Many people fail to treat mobile devices as tiny computers even though that is essentially what they are. Today people have no problems password protecting their desktops and notebooks, yet significantly fewer see towards proper mobile device protection.

An insecure tablet PC or smartphone enables hackers and thieves the ability to access your email, networking resources and other sensitive data just like a traditional computer can. Using passwords that are difficult to guess is critical. While password protection is a start, it is important to take other precautions such as using quality security software to protect one’s mobile devices from viruses and other malware.

This is just the tip of the iceberg, as there are many issues to consider when developing a plan for complete, comprehensive network security. Other quality tips for protecting your IT assets can be found in our article titled “Network Security – The Cold Hard Facts”. While deploying security may not be such a problem for one or two devices, even small businesses will soon find the task of maintaining several dozen devices to be a lot more demanding than expected.

Protecting mobile devices is actually much more difficult than protecting in-house computers due to their portable nature. For most small businesses, it is highly recommended to seeking the advice of an IT consulting professional specializing in mobile device protection.

When it comes to network protection and mobile device protection, nobody beats IT Direct. Contact our IT consulting pros today to find out how we can help protect your business from today’s networking and mobile device threats.