December 23, 2005 (HOSTSEARCH.COM) As the holiday period approaches, Dale Frohman, President of Florida-based web-hosting and Internet solutions provider Spiderhost (http://www. spiderhost.com) has a sobering message make sure your business is ready for 2006
make sure your IT and Internet solutions are up to date!
According to Frohman, there are a number of areas that businesses need to consider to be absolutely sure of a trouble-free 2006. These include security issues (Firewalls, Virtual Private Network, virus protection, spyware and intrusion detection and prevention), backups (data backup, offsite storage, and backup servers) remote offices (secure access to corporate office, connecting employees at off-site locations, VOIP and cost-savings analysis), disaster recovery (collocated servers, offsite backup server), Email (security, archiving and backup Email server) and storage (network-attached storage and centralizing storage).
"Too many business owners don't take a proactive approach to their IT solutions," suggests Frohman. "They let everything operate as usual until a problem occurs. When that happens, repair and recovery can be expensive, both in terms of immediate cost and the long-term cost of the data that's been lost or compromised. And when security has been breached by a hacker or virus, there's the loss of trust that occurs among your customers who have had their personal information stolen. When it comes to an aspect of your operations that's as vital as information technology, the old adage about an ounce of prevention being worth a pound of cure definitely holds true."