Monthly Archives: January 2012

Don’t Let Your Business Become a Statistic in the Year of the Data Breach

– Dean Tremblay, Partner

Online security threats to organizations reached an all-time high in 2011, according to software security firm, Internet Identity (IID). In fact, IID has named 2011 “the year of the data breach” and cites these market shifts as drivers behind the increased threat:

  • A new black market makes it easy to obtain software whose sole purpose is to steal data
  • Increased sophistication of cybercrime
  • Malware proliferating due to increased smartphone use

When companies as well capitalized as Sony suffer major data breaches, it’s common for small- and mid-sized organizations to contemplate their own potential security risks. While most organizations in the 50-250 employee range have implemented security measures through enterprise firewalls and secure data backup, many have no idea if the protection they are relying on (and paying for) is airtight.

When you implement organizational security, backup and disaster recovery systems, you should also implement a system of accountability for those mission-critical operations. Too often, organizations seek out our help only after a major failure – such as a security breach or data loss – has occurred. To be fully protected, an organization must have a reporting procedure in place, as well as a proactive alert mechanism, to remain ahead of any potential risks to data security.

Another frequently overlooked aspect of IT security is alignment between the technology in place and the business. You may wonder what one thing has to do with the other, but it’s really quite simple:

  • If your business strategy is outgrowing your security infrastructure, you’ll be at risk
  • If your business model is shifting but your security infrastructure remains static, you may be at risk
  • If the way your employees, partners, suppliers and customers communicate with one another is shifting but your security infrastructure was architected in 2008, you’ll be at risk

At Tango Technology Group, our Managed IT services offering – which can include network and data security measures – includes proactive alerts and informative reports. Most importantly, we also work with our clients to review their business strategies and changes, ensuring alignment between the business and its enabling infrastructure – including online and data security.

I’d welcome the opportunity to talk to you about ensuring the integrity, security and alignment of your business data. Contact me at: dtrembla(at)tangotechnologygroup.com.

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2012: How Your Small/Medium Size Business Will Benefit in the Year of the Cloud

– Dean Tremblay, Partner

Information technology think tank, IDC, has made its annual technology predictions for 2012. I’m not surprised that they’re predicting that cloud services will begin to take leadership in the enterprise technology mix.

IDC anticipates that “the strategic focus [will shift] from building infrastructure to the creation of application platforms and ecosystems,” and notes that “the battle for enterprise platform dominance is just getting underway with established players like IBM, Microsoft, and Oracle facing serious challenges from Amazon, Google, Salesforce.com, and VMware.”

Cloud services – whereby IT infrastructure and business applications are delivered from a centralized location rather than from a server farm at your premise (much the way we receive electricity service) – represent a major opportunity for small- and mid-size organizations:

  • They make enterprise-level applications and products more accessible to organizations >500 users
  • They reduce capital expenditure and minimize physical infrastructure (and the specialized human resources needed to maintain it)
  • They support on-demand provisioning of new applications as you need them

As you plan out your business for 2012 and beyond, cloud-based services should absolutely be considered as part of your business (not just your technology) mix. Consider how you can leverage cloud-based applications to improve sales and marketing productivity; to reduce operating costs; to support the rapid roll-out of new products, services and promotions on demand.

Here are just a few examples of how some Tango Technology Group SMB clients are benefitting from cloud-based services:

  • Implementing professional contact relationship management (CRM) without deploying new servers
  • Collaborating enterprise-wide and effectively managing documents without additional capex
  • Communicating more productively through company-wide contact and schedule management without an Exchange server

You can read IDC’s complete technology predictions here – then talk to me about what it all means to your company. I’m always excited to talk to small- and mid-size businesses about how technology should be deployed to deliver serious BUSINESS value. dtremblay(at)tangotechnologygroup.com