IT Checklist for Small Businesses
A Complete IT Checklist for Small Business
If you are visiting this page we assume that you are either starting a new business and need an IT checklist help you to know what to look for when setting up a new IT network, or you may have an existing business, and you are looking for a way to make your network more secure or efficient. Either way, this IT Small Business checklist will help you identify key aspects in securing your small business IT data.
We believe that maintaining the integrity of your data when running a small business should be your number one concern. This means you need to have reliable backups, a good antivirus system, a reliable server, and an efficient network.
You also need to make sure that you have a reliable IT Support provider that can give you quality advice.
Security of your network should be your number one concern and it is our number one focus. For this reason, we offer our clients routine security audits. When conducting this audit, we check to make sure that the network is secure and that it is behind a strong firewall.
We also make sure that there is a good antivirus in place on the server and all the workstations. We make sure that everyone’s user password is strong and secure enough.
IT Checklist for Small Business
You want to make sure that your server is reliable and quick enough to service all the needs of the client machines. It also needs to have a redundancy built into the server so that if a part of the server does incur a fault, then the server can still run whilst you get the part replaced.
The server needs to have a line interactive UPS connected to it at all times to ensure that clean power gets delivered to the server. Servers do not cope well with power spikes and power dips. A power dip is just as damaging to the server as a power spike, so it is important to use a line interactive UPS to provide clean power to your server at all times.
Business Servers and networks need a good centrally managed antivirus system in place to protect both the server and the workstations. The reason for using a centrally managed antivirus versus your regular retail version of antivirus program is because, in the event that you do have a virus outbreak on your network, and you need to attend to it quickly, a centrally managed antivirus will allow you to scan the entire network and thus find the issue within minutes and not hours. It also reduces your support costs being able to find issues quickly. You can also configure it to alert you in the event of virus activity.
As part of your IT checklist you need to make sure that your business network is kept safe behind a secure firewall. This firewall will decide what traffic enters and exits your network, and this is vital to network security. Some clients go the extra step and purchase a firewall device that will actively scan incoming and outgoing traffic for viruses and malware. This is on a subscription basis and something that should be looked at, especially if you run a large network.
Some clients that run large networks will actually break up their network into segments so that if they have a virus outbreak it only affects a certain portion of the company and not the entire company. This mainly applies to larger networks.
We believe that backups should be your number one concern when going through your IT checklist. Your backups need to be reliable, they need to be tested. You need to backup to multiple sources, and preferably, you need to use a couple of different methods for your backups in case you run into trouble when restoring.
At least then you will have another option to restore from. A good backup is your number one defense to the encryption virus. The encryption virus is the number one concern for companies out there.
You need to have an IT Policy in place for staff which outlines the strict rules that staff need to adhere to when using the services that you provide. For instance, we suggest that you do not share your wireless password with your staff.
Having staff put their personal devices on your wireless network puts your network at risk. Staff could come in with devices that contain malware and viruses which could spread to other computers.
Because it is the staff’s personal device, you do not have the option to keep their device up to date and secure. Therefore you are relying on the staff to follow best practices with their personal equipment. This should not be done, we suggest that you should not share your wireless password with anyone.
We also suggest that the policy speaks strongly about staff not visiting unsavory websites.
We also suggest not allowing staff to check personal email when at work on any work computers. We have had clients that have obtained the virus through a staff member checking their personal email which is not protected behind a spam filter. There are many other things that should be included in the IT Policy. If you would like a more comprehensive list please reach out to us, we would be happy to help you.
We believe that every email that comes into your network should pass through a reliable spam filter. We have an online spam filter that will check your incoming emails for viruses and unsavory links. We suggest that if you don’t use our spam filter that you at least use a spam filter for your entire network. Our spam filter will scan an email before it has a chance to reach your network thus keeping your network secure.
IT Maintenance & Support
We believe that every business owner should employ an IT Company to provide regular maintenance for servers and workstations. We also believe that this maintenance provider should be responsible for checking backups on a daily basis.
A Microsoft Server needs to constantly be updated, in order to maintain security, by closing loopholes that hackers might exploit.
We do suggest however as a business owner, that you make yourself fully aware of how the backups work and routinely check up on your IT service provider. We suggest that you perhaps schedule a checkup maybe once a quarter to make sure that the backups are actually being done and are actually successful.
If you have any other questions regarding the setup or maintenance of your business with regards to the IT Checklist please reach out to us at CRT Network Solutions. We would be happy to help you with any questions you might have.
We closely monitor the status of servers, networks, switches and any other network equipment.
Our managed services IT Support prices are competitive. If you would like a quote or would like to meet us, please drop us a line on 1300 760 339 and we will be more than happy to talk with you.
We are experts in server support, network support and supporting workstations.
We are familiar with a wide range of softwares to do with various industries such as Accounting, Legal Firms, Medical IT and general business.
We have more than 20 years of experience in the IT support industry.
Please contact us about any managed IT Support services requirements your organisation may have. We look forward to hearing from you.
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