The 3 New IT Security Challenges Facing NZ Businesses: Are You Prepared?
It doesn’t seem that long ago that IT was merely a support function, one small cog in a much larger business wheel. Computers, mostly desktops, were used for specific tasks, such as customer records and billing, and downtime was just a part of workplace life. Times, of course, have changed beyond recognition, and without changing the way devices are managed and protected, these three key security challenges could represent the biggest risk facing your organisation:
1. Privacy legislation. Like jurisdictions such as the European Union, Australia, Singapore and the US, New Zealand is set to introduce updated data protection legislation for the digital era. The Privacy Bill passed its second reading in parliament in June and is expected to replace the Privacy Act 1993 early in 2020. Again, a three-pronged approach that incorporates process, education and technology is recommended. Data protection needs were a key consideration when we designed our CloudNow device-as-a-service (DaaS) offering, so that organisations could demonstrate a high level of protection without engaging costly data security experts or investing in expensive and complex devices.
2. Devices, devices, and more devices. Where once, devices were largely contained to on-premise, often shared, and only available to specific tasks, it is likely that every employee uses at least two machines now – and they are mobile. Our device-hungry workforce is hosting conferences on iPads, checking their calendar on smart watches, managing networks from their smartphones and writing sales presentations on laptops as they take the train home. Like it or not, personal devices are big in the workplace – and while there are productivity advantages to this scenario, there are also new security considerations.
3. Everyone is a target. It may be only the high-profile business breaches making headlines, but the proliferation of both opportunistic and targeted attacks leaves nobody out. In the last year alone, cyber-attacks have risen significantly, with the number of small and mid-sized organisations experiencing a cyber-attack or data breach increasing from 55 percent to 61 percent. Phishing attacks and social engineering are the most common paths in. Cyber-crime is big business, and as attacks become more sophisticated, they require a new approach that includes both enterprise-level security and well-designed processes. User education is key, and introducing a cyber-safe culture pays off.
As an IT partner, Softsource’s job is to help our customers to navigate this new digital world without taking their eyes off their core business. Taking away the major administrative burden of managing devices and ensuring all employees can safely work from anywhere was a challenge that was repeated in every customer conversation, so if juggling device management is frustrating or time consuming, you’re not alone.
We started to do the math. Providing devices was not only consuming a lot of IT time and focus, it was also expensive; business-grade PCs were costing between $7,000 and $13,000 even before factoring in the inevitable hardware failures. From this, we listened to what customers and their users were telling us and used their input to create DaaS that incorporates analytics, management and support services, along with Microsoft 365 and enterprise-level security, for an all-inclusive per-user price in a pay-as-you-go model.
To help your business to overcome the new IT security challenges we have designed CloudNow device-as-a-service (DaaS) offering that offloads the stress of device management and ensures your employees can safely work from anywhere. Call our Daas specialists today to learn more.
 The Cyber-Security Field Manual - Ten steps every business should take to protect against cyberattacks, Copyright 2018 HP Development Company L.P.
 Gartner, ‘Notebook -Total Cost of Ownership’, 2013