Whether your business is growing and you need to upgrade your IT infrastructure, or if you’re simply operating with outdated systems, scaling may be necessary. Some business owners hold off on scaling their IT infrastructure for as long as possible because they don’t want to deal with what they perceive to be a headache and a costly endeavor. It’s actually not as difficult as perceived, especially when you follow these simple strategies to make the process seamless.
Utilize The Cloud
The flexibility, security and storage capacity of the cloud makes it attractive for businesses of all sizes. As you’re in the process of upgrading your network infrastructure, utilize the cloud to minimize downtime and keep business operating as normally as possible. And if something happens to go wrong during the upgrades, you can feel secure knowing your data and files are backed up to the cloud and are easily retrievable.
Keep Systems Patched and Updated
Any kind of scaling or data migration leaves open the possibility of security risks and vulnerabilities. And once your IT infrastructure upgrades are complete, it’s critical to continue patching and updating your systems regularly. All it takes is one small vulnerability for a hacker to gain access into your systems and force it to come crashing down, so always watch for available updates.
Enhance Mobile Security
Your network infrastructure may expand to allow more employees to use mobile devices to complete work. Ensure those employees have encrypted devices with physical security measures in place. Mobile security isn’t a priority for some people, so it’s important to educate employees on the risks associated with mobile devices.
Limit Administrative Responsibilities
Limiting access and responsibilities to only top administrators can help you control your data more. When you’re in the process of scaling your IT infrastructure, the last thing you want to happen is confidential information getting into the wrong hands inadvertently. You may trust your employees completely, but mistakes happen so not allowing them the opportunity to make a critical mistake with your data is best for everyone involved.
Update Your Disaster Recovery Plan
You should always be planning for the worst-case scenario, and this is especially true when scaling your network infrastructure. One of those components is your disaster recovery plan. When you have more files and bandwidth to protect, you may have to alter your protocols and procedures in the event of a security breach. Educate your employees and practice your response protocols to ensure everyone knows what to do if one occurs.
Anistar Technologies has access to some of the best resources to help companies go through a seamless IT infrastructure upgrade. We can connect companies with people looking for cyber security contract jobs, network administrators, general IT experts and many more. Scaling your infrastructure is necessary sometimes, so contact us to see how we can help make the process much easier for your company.