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Helping Small Businesses’ With Their IT Needs

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Saving Small Businesses Money

Entrepreneurship, innovation, and job creation are not only the foundation of a healthy economy but the backbone of America. Entrepreneurs embody the strength and character that help make our country great and we’d like to keep it that way. As a family-owned business since 1965, we understand the struggles and sacrifices of being a business owner. Small businesses and owners may not always have the budget for the latest upgrades in IT equipment or even know what to do with their used equipment. In fact, data tapes are not only one of the most reliable data storage solutions for entrepreneurs, but the most cost efficient too. Let our IT experts help with upgrades and disposal of your magnetic tapes and other IT assets when needed. We can flawlessly help save your checkbook, so you can get back to running your small businesses.

Small Business IT Experts

With over 50 years’ experience in data security, we can help with the liquidation of computer and IT equipment without any concern for data leaks. From personal laptops and desktops containing personal or proprietary information to servers and hard drives with financial records; we keep everything confidential and secure.

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A small business’ plan for guarding against ransomware

So what can small business owners do to guard against the threat of cyber attack on their business?  Here is a simple five-point plan that will go a long way to helping entrepreneurs secure their defenses.

Stay up to date

Make sure that servers and PCs are up to date with the latest operating systems and antivirus solutions.

Retire unused IT assets

Consider if older machines, which are beyond updates or support, could be replaced or retired. The cost of doing so, and inconvenience of replacing older equipment will probably be less than the impact of a data breach.

Educate employees

Make sure everyone associated with the business’ transactions is familiar with ransomware methods and can recognize attempts to gain password credentials or circulate harmful links and attachments. There needs to be a culture of vigilance across the entire organization.

Be prepared for an attack

Use different credentials for accessing backup storage and maybe even a mixture of file systems to isolate different parts of your infrastructure to slow the spread of ransomware. Businesses that follow the “1-10-60” rule of cyber security will be better placed to neutralize the threat of a hostile adversary before it can leave its initial entry point. The most cyber-prepared organizations should aim to detect an intrusion in under a minute, perform a full investigation in under 10 minutes, and eradicate the adversary from the environment in under an hour.

Create an Airgap

Three copies of your data, on at least two different media, with one stored offsite (e.g. cloud or tape) and one stored offline (e.g. tape). Having your data behind a physical air gap creates perhaps the most formidable barrier against ransomware. Tape can greatly speed up your recovery in the hours and days that follow an attack, especially if your primary backups have been disrupted. Tape is also supremely efficient for storing huge amounts of infrequently accessed data for a very long time. Tapes can also be encrypted so that even if they did fall into the wrong hands, it would be impossible for thieves to access or use the data