What changes can we expect to see in 2021?
As we all are aware, technology keeps evolving at a fast pace. What may have been the best way of solving an IT problem last year may not be the best practise this year. For many business owners it is a difficult change to not only keep up with but to also adapt to.
If there is one thing that 2020 has taught us, it is the need for innovation and adaptation. However, this has been the case for many years and a vital factor when it comes to business technology. In this blog we are going to discuss a couple of trends that will benefit your business this year.
Continuation of video calling
I think we can all agree that video calling and conferencing was a staple of 2020 as many of us were told to work remotely. Seeing how the world is currently going, it seems that Zoom meetings will stay with us a little bit longer. However, there have been huge benefits to video connections as they have brought many teams closer and forced communication between employees which may have not been a huge priority back in the office.
There is a good chance that many businesses will continue to work from home as it is a great cost-saving solution and avoids any unnecessary travels as meetings and chats can be conducted over video.
Cybersecurity is vital for businesses and keeping their data safe. With cyber crime on the rise, cyber security is becoming more important with each year. Alongside cybersecurity, business owners continue searching and looking at new IT solutions in order to improve their internal processes and productivity. We offer cybersecurity solutions at Solutions4IT, read more here.
Research has shown that every 14 seconds a business falls victim to a ransomware attack and in 2021 that figure is predicted to be 11 seconds. This further shows the importance of ensuring that your business has reliable cybersecurity in 2021 (1).
Multi-factor authentication & strong passwords
One of the most common mistakes that people make when creating passwords is making them simple and easy to remember. Setting up strong passwords is far safer alongside a multi-factor authentication system. It is much harder for hackers to crack passwords that are not common and are formatted with unconnected words and numbers.
As we have moved into a far more advanced and digital world where remote working is the new norm, cloud computing is becoming heavily relied on. The biggest advantage to migrating your business to the cloud is that it provides you with services and space that you need whilst keeping your data easily retrievable and safe from hackers. It is also really beneficial for small to medium-sized businesses as you can easily tailor it to your needs, size of your business and budget. Deloitte Insights predicts that from 2021 all the way to 2025 businesses will be migrating over to the cloud to save money, become more agile and drive innovation (2). For more information on cloud computing visit our page here.
A lot of data breaches are caused as a result of human error and lack of training. This year we will see more businesses taking the time to train their staff about cyber threats, recognising fraudulent emails and how to stay safe online to reduce cyber threat issues. Particularly as remote working is looking to stay with us for quite some time, cybersecurity training is a huge priority for businesses.
It’s safe to say that in 2020 we heavily relied on technology in completely new ways for us than ever before. Although the pandemic has forced this change upon us, many businesses have greatly benefited from it.
To see how Solutions4IT can help your business stay safe and make the most of the technology trends that we have discussed in this week’s blog, call our team on 0121 289 4477 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org