The year is young, so now is an excellent time to make sure your business is up-to-speed with all things IT. Preparing now can help propel you through the year with fewer hiccups and higher productivity. 

You may already have antivirus, backups, and security in place, but like a car, every once in awhile your system needs to be checked up on and fine-tuned to work at maximum capacity. 

Here is a checklist from us here at Frontier IT in Colorado Springs of crucial areas that should be reviewed to ensure that your business is protected and optimized:

Do you have an antivirus? Antivirus is an essential software with the function of detecting, preventing, and removing malware, such as viruses, worms, trojans, and spyware. If you have it, great! You can check it off the list. If you don’t, now’s the time to find IT professionals who can set you up with cutting-edge antivirus software. 

Is your antivirus up-to-date? Keeping your antivirus up-to-date is as important as having it in the first place. This is because malware is constantly changing, and, in-turn, antivirus software is constantly updating to combat against new threats. 

Are you backing up your data? Losing data would prove a critical setback for your business. Unfortunately, hardware is not perfect, and is subject to being lost, corrupted, stolen, or destroyed. Regular backups are key. You should also consider backing up data on the cloud. The cloud is known to have better security than local servers, with regular security audits to keep your files safe. In addition, data is backed up to a number of servers so data loss is virtually impossible.

When was the last time you tested your backups? It’s important not only to back up your data, but test these backups. Backup restore tests should be conducted monthly or even weekly. It’s especially important when there is a significant change in  your database. Backup restore tests can reveal whether or not data quality is perfect; retrieval time of documents is reasonable for your operations; and backup history meets your business needs. 

Is your network is still secure? Unfortunately security breaches are more prevalent then ever, so it’s important to check up on your network security. It’s vital to scan networks for vulnerabilities and secure any vulnerabilities that may be present.  

Have you added new equipment (computers, servers, etc.) to your network? It’s important that all new equipment added to your network is fully inspected for vulnerabilities and equipped with antivirus, firewall, and other security and backup software. One weak link is all it takes for your entire business to be compromised. 

Frontier IT provides antivirus and backups–plus we have all additional tools that will do internal network scans and find any vulnerabilities. 

Give us a call today at 719-888-HELP and we can help you checkoff all the items on this list.