SMEs: Notoriously Unprepared for Disasters

– Dean Tremblay, Partner

A recent survey of 145 professionals responsible for IT security in small- and mid-sized enterprises (SMEs) recently found that 87% of SMBs have inadequate or out of date disaster recovery plans. Another 45% of them don’t enforce security policies.

SMEs are remarkable for operating under many pressures while being one of the major drivers of economic growth today. By keeping a close eye on the bottom line, minimizing overhead and investing in innovation, SMEs have become the providers of some of our favourite products, apps, and necessary services – like accounting, financial assistance, legal advice and more.

Despite all of the things that attract us to purchase from SMEs, we need to be able to trust them. That includes being assured that the data we entrust to them is protected, and that the services we rely on them for will be available even if disaster – such as fire or a data security breach – strikes.

One of the biggest challenges of operating an SME or other small organization is focusing on core competencies while taking care of the myriad non-core necessities – like IT security. Unless an SME is in the IT business, it’s not likely that they’re able to devote the significant resources necessary to staff IT personnel with the expertise or the time to take care of robust IT security, backup and disaster recovery in addition to that day-to-day IT needs of the organization.

That’s where Managed IT Services can help SMEs remain successful, vital contributors to our economies, our lives and our businesses.

As part of our Managed IT service, we at Tango Technology Group offer IT Backup and Disaster Recovery services that are tailored to SMEs. Because we work exclusively with small to mid-size businesses, we understand their pressures and their needs. Our services are designed to give SMEs and their customers peace of mind about the security of financial, marketing, sales, human resources and other business data. And, we do so affordably, with a managed IT service model that provides predictability for the SME budget.

Most importantly, we also work with our clients to review the specific needs of their businesses in order to ensure alignment between the business, its customers and its vital IT infrastructure.

I’d welcome the opportunity to talk to you about protecting your business and your customers from untimely disasters. Contact me at: dtremblay(at)tangotechnologygroup.com.

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