Picture this scenario: You see a glass of water sitting on the edge of the table, about to fall off. What do you do? Do you wait for the glass to fall and break, or do you move it away from the edge to prevent the mess?
This is one of the many proactive vs. reactive decisions you face in your everyday life. By moving the glass away from the edge of the table, you not only prevented a disaster, but you also saved time, money, and stress. What if you could do the same for your company? While you take daily precautions to prevent messes just like the broken glass on the floor, you should also be doing the same for your company.
Identifying potential problems for your company will save you time, money and frustration. Rather than waiting for the problem to appear and spending valuable time and money cleaning up the damage, proactive IT can help prevent these issues from happening in the first place, proving to be crucial for the life of your business.
Take cyber security as an example. Would you wait until your business is hacked before placing critical data protection systems into effect? Cyber-attacks appear out of nowhere, which is why it's important to proactively implement anti-malware systems, remote backups and disaster recovery equipment. By taking a reactive approach to hacking, you could cause detrimental damage to your IT infrastructure.
Rather than putting out the fire, it’s important to build a strong foundation to prevent the flames from igniting in the first place. First things first. Security should be a top priority of your business. Here are system examples you can implement now:
- Application Security. Protect business-critical applications your company utilizes and ensure that they are resistant to any potential threats including hacking.
- Data Security. Ensure that your company's proprietary data is protected from compromise to stop the hackers before they can even get close to your data.
- Infrastructure Security. Gain access to tools and services that help manage and protect servers, storage, networks, and devices like desktops, laptops and mobile devices.
- Governance, Risk and Compliance. Enable an efficient, collaborative program across IT, finance, operations and legal domains. This will allow your business to focus on reducing its risk.
Overall, being proactive has many benefits including data protection, asset security, and saving time and money. Though damage may still occur, being proactive will protect your company far more than a reactive strategy ever could.