Why SMBs Are More Vulnerable When It Comes To Computer Security Disasters
As technology is ever-changing and new threats are constantly flooding the IT world, managing even a simple network requires a highly-trained computer technician. But oftentimes, the cost of employing an in-house computer technician is simply not an option for small business owners like you.
Many small business owners try to save money by appointing an existing employee to take on IT issues, which usually doesn’t work out because this employee has other full-time responsibilities to perform and probably doesn’t have the skill set necessary to properly support the network. This ends up putting your business at risk for security threats and an altogether unstable computer network. In other words, it’s only a matter of time before your network crashes, which may cost you nothing but downtime – but could also cost you much much more, like it did for these companies:
Auto Body Shop Spends $20,000 To Get Rid Of A Computer Virus
With no warning, a local auto body shop with several locations had a virus downloaded to their server, which then replicated and attached itself to their files. The virus corrupted their critical business data, shut down their Exchange server (which meant no emails could be sent or received) and broke their customer management system.
By investing in proactive IT support to prevent this disaster, this auto body shop could have spent 1/25th of what this disaster cost them. Because the company hadn’t set up an IT support plan with a trusted technology partner ahead of time, they ended up spending $20,000 to restore their network and get rid of the virus. Even with all of that money spent, the business still didn’t get their systems working optimally, ensure their network’s security or get the necessary updates for the technology they count on every day.
Health Products Company’s Two Failed Hard Drives Cost Them Nine Days of Downtime and $40,000
A health products company lost a huge number of critical customer files when two hard drives failed simultaneously. They contacted our company to recover their data from system backups, but we found that their backups had not been properly functioning and determined them to be worthless.
The company had to employ a team of disaster recovery specialists to spend nine days and $15,000 to recover the data off the failed drives, and they incurred $25,000 worth of additional services to get the network up and running again.
If the health products company had been proactively monitoring their network, it would have been obvious that their hard drives were failing and that their data backups were malfunctioning. The crash could have been prevented altogether, not to mention the downtime, $40,000 worth of damage and nine days of productivity lost during the network outage.
A Simple, Cheap Repair Ends Up Costing One Property Management Company $9,000 And Weeks Of Downtime
A property management company with 10 users did not have a plan in place for server monitoring or maintenance. When the server started to degenerate and soon after shut down, the company’s entire network was down for 2 days – which ended up costing them $3,000 to get it running again, as well as the cost of unforeseen productivity loss.
The company didn’t wish to implement a proactive maintenance plan, so the same thing happened to them just 2 months later, costing them $3,000 more and two additional days of downtime. Believe it or not, the same thing happened a third time – costing the same amount for a grand total of $9,000 lost – and contributing to massive downtime and lost productivity for a small problem that could have been easily identified and prevented in the first place.
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