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The Challenges Small Business Face in a BYOD World

The Challenges Small Business Face in a BYOD World

Posted on Apr 29, 2016

The way that we work is changing and this means that “bring your own device” (BYOD) workforce mobility is now on the rise. According to a 2013 study, Canada leads the world in BYOD workplaces, with 75% of Canadian businesses supporting the use of employee-owned smartphones and tablets. While a BYOD workplace is convenient and has advantages in terms of productivity and flexibility, it also presents challenges, especially to small business owners. Today, we’re going to share some of these challenges and explore different methods to overcome these challenges and power your business. At its best, BYOD makes it easier for employees to be productive and offers teams more flexibility and cost savings. However, personal devices are now being utilized with corporate systems and interfacing with company data. As a consequence, without proper safeguards in place data protection is a major vulnerability. Data Leakage Mobile devices are often the weakest links in terms of IT security, as they are the most vulnerable to attack. According to a study by BT Americas (PDF link), 68% of global organizations have suffered mobile security breaches in 2014. Despite this fact, according to the study 34% of U.S. organizations do not have a BYOD policy in place – similar figures apply to Canada. Aside from the obvious, like misplaced or stolen devices, in a BYOD environment employees are responsible for keeping devices up-to-date and secure. This can be problematic if employees are unaware or uninterested in security best practices. This is especially concerning if your industry has strict compliance requirements. In order to address this issue, work with your IT consultant to draft...

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About O365

Posted on Apr 25, 2016

  The world of technology is constantly changing and evolving to make our lives more simplistic and productive – and that includes Microsoft Office 365. With enhanced integrated features, O365 provides each customer with a platform to assist and make your valuable time much more efficient. If you’re already taking advantage of this system or considering Office 365 implementation, here are five things you may not know about Office 365. Did you know it’s affordable? With Office 365, you will have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote for your PC or Mac. And with flexible subscription plans with low money payments, you can choose the best fit for you, whether it’s an individual plan or one for the entire business. Either way you can be sure to get great value for your money. Updates are also included, so you always have the latest version of each app. You can activate up to ten devices per subscription, giving you the flexibility needed to succeed in the modern business world. Did you know it’s easy to use on the go? Anywhere, anytime, you can always stay connected to your colleagues, clients, and contacts through any of your devices. And with OneDrive Cloud Storage, you can share and save anything, pick it up where you left off on another device and never miss a beat. So from your PC, Mac, to your Windows, Apple and Android smartphones – you can take Office with you anywhere. Did you know O365 improves collaboration? Together, with OneDrive or Sharepoint, collaboration has never been made easier. With 365 you can see each other’s changes...

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Don’t Think You Need to Back Up Offsite? Think Again – Here’s Why

Posted on Apr 15, 2016

In this day and age, small businesses in Ottawa are relying almost exclusively on the capabilities of their computers, laptops, and mobile devices for inputting and storing crucial business data. The information that is accessed and stored on any device spanning every type of enterprise is in essence the engine that makes a business function and thrive. But as we all know, items can get lost, and technology can falter and fail. For these reasons, it is imperative to have an offsite storage location for your data. So if your company has yet to implement an offsite backup solution, here are a few reasons why you should. Increased Mobility As the global market becomes increasingly interconnected, more small businesses in Ottawa are becoming mobile and even location independent. This means increased travel, airports, conferences, hotel rooms – and ultimately, a much higher chance of having laptops and devices stolen or misplaced. With laptop users commonly storing their data on the device rather than servers, this can lead to thousands of dollars worth of losses due to the critical, sensitive data that would be also be vulnerable. Security As more enterprises embrace modern mobile computing systems, not only does this pose a potentially expensive and irreparable loss of data, it also poses a threat to the security of that information. If your company has employees who are travelling with sensitive or intellectual data on a regular basis, this not only can damage your business, but the security of what that data entails – customers and clients. Planned offsite data backup and recovery protocols enable businesses to place critical data in...

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