Device appreciation for small and medium businesses

Devices help small and medium businesses serve their customers and run smoothly. Whether it’s laptops for writing reports, tablets for ringing through transactions, or networks to help keep everyone online, it’s tough to run a business these days without devices.

It’s time to show them how much you appreciate them, and, in the process, keep yourself and your business cyber safe.

Take stock of your business devices"a person with folded arms and a router behind him; text: BFFs"

It’s hard enough to keep track of all the devices you have in your home. The devices you have in your business? That could be even more difficult.

Businesses have a number of devices that they use to keep things running smoothly.

For example,at many businesses, each employee has their own laptop or personal computer. In addition, many may have their own phones for work. There are also routers for the internet, connected printers and, if employees are lucky, maybe even a video game system or two.

And that’s not even mentioning the  businesses that require specificialized equipment, such as tablets or unique design tools.

Add it all up and that’s a lot of devices to keep track of – maybe even more than what you might think of off the top of your head.

That’s where device appreciation for small and medium businesses can come in. By taking stock of your devices, you can set up a plan to keep them secure.

Organize a plan by device type

Developing a big list of devices for your small and medium businesses can seem overwhelming. But, once you get your list of devices together,you can take a more simplified approach to keeping them cyber secure.

For example: You may want to organize your business’s devices into categories and then work through them on a schedule. One week might be computers (laptops, desktops), another might be phones and then another might be network devices.

It’s the most comprehensive way to appreciate the devices that make your business run – and, in the process, make it more secure against cyber criminals.

Get your employees engaged

Getting your employees to take responsibility for the security of the devices they use every day is key to ensuring your company’s overall cyber security.

One of the challenges many small and medium businesses face is that their cyber security is only as strong as their least cyber security-committed employee. All it takes is one weak password, one mistaken phishing link click or one failure to update system software for a cyber criminal to get the opening they need. Train them to know how to secure (and appreciate) their devices.

So once you’ve taken stock and developed a plan for device appreciation (with a little bit of training thrown in), get your employees excited about cyber security by reminding them that their devices are there to help them out.

Conclusion

Device appreciation isn’t just for our personal lives. It can also help to keep small and medium business cyber secure.

These steps can help you appreciate the devices that keep your business running, while also getting employees in on the fun.

 

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