Are you ready to do what it takes to make sure that your network in the office is secure? Maybe you do not really think itâ€™s that urgent of an issue. Well, if I were you, Iâ€™d take a step back and think again. With all the cases of hacking, phishing, and whatnot out there, it may just be a matter of time till you would have to deal with these problems in your own network! Why wait till that happens? Take some steps to ensure the security of your office network NOW.
There are simple things that you can do to increase your network security. You donâ€™t even really have to do it yourself â€“ thatâ€™s what the IT guy is for. However, you should have an idea of what you want to achieve. This way, your solutions will be more effective.
One simple thing to secure your office network is to take note of the units which hold the most sensitive information. This information includes â€“ but is not limited to â€“ credit card information of your clients, your bank information, and so on. What you can do then is to take these units off of the Internet. That is, make it accessible through the local network but block it from the outside world. This will give you a greater degree of security.
One thing that greatly increases your risk is when employees visit dubious sites. Unfortunately, this will always happen. One way to deal with this is to block certain sites. Of course, your employees will probably hate you for that, but you are running a business and you might just have to go this route. You may purchase software to help you with this.
At the end of the day, what you do will depend on your taking into consideration all the factors in play – and that includes dealing with your employees.
You run your own business, hopefully successfully. You probably are smarter than a fifth grader. The more important question is, just how smart do you think you are? Are you the kind of leader that thinks he knows it all? Or maybe you donâ€™t really think that but if you take a step back and analyze how you work and how you behave at work, you just might see that you send across that message.
This post is meant to be a wake up call for all small business owners out there. We have to understand the importance of learning. More than that, we have to understand that learning is a lifelong process and we just canâ€™t know it all. No matter how smart we may be, no matter how much we know, no matter how much experience we may have had, there is always something new that we can learn.
How exactly can we continue learning? Itâ€™s not that hard. I believe that the first step is to keep an open mind. Recognize and acknowledge that there is always something that can be learned. With this attitude, it will be easier to find learning experiences in most everything.
In concrete terms, one way to pick up new insights is to interact with other business owners. You donâ€™t even have to do this face to face. CEO blogs, web sites, books, and forums are all good ways to exchange information and learn.
Another way is to always keep yourself updated with regard to your field. Journals, web sites, forums, and other regular publications can help with this. For sure, new developments will arise â€“ and you cannot afford not to know about these things.
You may be smarter than a fifth grader, but you have to outsmart yourself in order to go further.
The last thing most people would think about when starting a business would be their exit strategy, after all youâ€™re just getting started! Planning your strategy is actually a MUST. Itâ€™s a must because you never know how things will turn out and having no exit strategy for every possible scenario could lead to wasted opportunity or worse, something disastrous.
You need an exit strategy for any eventually including success. If you think about it a successful business means that it could possibly outlast your ability to manage it, but only if you have an exit strategy in place so that the whole business wonâ€™t come toppling down when youâ€™re gone. So whatâ€™s your business strategy for success? Will you be leaving it in the hands of family, a trusted right hand, or go public with it? Before you decide on a strategy to go with make sure you consider the feasibility of each choice factoring things such as cost, training needs, and timetable.
Be sure that the timetable is realistic. Remember that in business timing is one of the most crucial things. If you already have existing partners/investors you should discuss the exit strategy with them because THEY might have their own exit strategies and their timing might not coincide with your plans.
You also need an exit strategy for failure; a thing people would rather not think about but is vital if you want to bounce back faster. In this case have a baseline criterion to help you determine if itâ€™s time to bail out before you lose too much. Figure out what to do with the remaining stock, with your employees, with your lease contract, and all the other practical details.
This way, however things end, youâ€™ll be prepared.