FUD: Fear, Uncertainty & Doubt
Three reasons to hire a professional IT firm
By Mark Rossi
Even if you have the best IT person in the country, an outside expert will help dispel the dreaded FUD. What if we are hacked? Will our systems always work? If my IT person leaves, will we be left holding a mess, or worse?
Most small businesses don’t have a budget for a full-time IT department. That’s why so many small businesses turn toward managed IT consulting services. According to the US Small Business Administration, by “hiring the expertise of subcontractors, independent contractors or freelancers, your business can quickly scale up without the creating of additional overhead.”
1. Fear hackers: This is not fear-mongering but a reality and the threat is growing. If you process payments, if you have client data on your system or if your employees receive and open documents, your business is at risk.
2. WFH uncertainty: While your employees may love the new work-from-home policies, your data doesn’t. Computers need to be protected and you need the confidence that little Johnny won’t jump on the open laptop when mom is out of the room and use an unsecured home network to download some games (and a virus) from a buddy.
3. Looming doubt: The last thing you want to worry about is that your IT person is going to quit, much less get a full-time job. It is critical to plan for a worst-case scenario and make sure you can access all your systems, that you have exit policies and that your data is protected.
Mark Rossi is president of KML Computer Services. Since 1996, he has been immersed in the technology field, working in various positions, from hardware technician and network manager to network engineer and IT consultant.