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3 IT Resolutions for 2015

The New Year offers a great opportunity to reflect on the previous year and develop new goals and resolutions for your business. Here are three New Year’s resolutions for IT to ensure a successful 2015.

Plan for the worst. Unfortunately, disasters do happen. Although your business may have avoided any major natural disasters last year or even the past few years, 2015 could be a totally different story. A good disaster recovery plan (DRP) can help your business get back up and running as quickly as possible after disaster strikes. According to the 2014 Disaster Recovery Preparedness Benchmark Survey, 3 out of 4 companies are still at risk in the event of a disaster. So, what can you do to mitigate your risk? The Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council recommends the following: document the specific procedures needed to recover your critical data and applications, set specific recovery time objectives (RTO) and recovery point objectives (RPO) for your mission-critical applications and test your DRPs frequently.

Assess your security. With more breaches and more threats than ever before, 2014 was a scary year in data security for many companies. This year, resolve to make securing your company’s data assets a priority. According to Computerworld’s Annual Forecast Survey of IT Executives, “nearly half (46%) of the IT leaders who responded to our poll said that they will invest more next year in access control, intrusion prevention, identity management, and virus and malware protection.” If you don’t have one or haven’t done one in a while, the best place to start is to conduct an IT security risk assessment. An effective security risk assessment can prevent breaches, reduce the impact of realized breaches and ensure your company’s information is safe and secure.

Communicate effectively. IT is an integral part of any company’s operations today. The technology decisions we make have a major impact on all other departments – from accounting to marketing. So, it is important that we communicate well with our co-workers. In most cases, this means increasing our communication frequency as well as using more communication methods. An old marketing rule of thumb is that people need to see a message at least three times before it sinks in, and even more often if you want people to change their habits.

We are looking forward to an exciting year in 2015! What are you looking forward to most?

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