Managed IT services providers in Birmingham can help you optimize your business in a scalable, cost-effective, and competitively advantageous way. Indeed, there are some infrastructural upgrade solutions that you would be unwise to pursue without including MSP support. One of those is BYOD or Bring Your Own Device. There are many cybersecurity risks with this infrastructural solution. If you're unfamiliar with it, BYOD basically means that employees source their own work equipment, be it a laptop, smartphone, tablet, or what-have-you. This saves businesses thousands.
If you average $1k per computational device package per employee for 20 employees, that's $20k at the minimum. Add in an additional $5k to cover unexpected repairs, breakages, etc. Then, you've got to deal with office space for twenty employees. If you can find it for less than $5k a month ($60k a year), then you're either doing something very right or very wrong. You're not operating within the norm of white-collar office space rental. Still, going with $60k a year as a minimum cost and $25k for technology, you're looking at $85k a year for an in-office, company-sourced, operational solution. Add in a tech guy for $30k a year and you're at $115k.
Again, this is all very conservative. If BYOD can cut office cost to $1k a month, excise computer cost, and downsize tech support, you're going to save tens of thousands. You might even save as much as $100k in the scenario outlined in this writing. You're likely to save more as this is all conservatively approached in terms of numbers.
Managed IT services providers in Birmingham can help provide solutions that are floated through the cloud, which makes an online network solution available to consolidate workflows as though you were using an inner-office server array. There are slight differences, but you'll save thousands and have the same or near the same kind of operational ability. The only catch comes in terms of cybersecurity. With BYOD, your business is going to be open to viruses, malware, and other compromising digital scourges. This won't be the case in all BYOD situations but those who are secure will likely be working from the advice of their tech solution. There are two primary difficulties you'll need to consider and which an MSP can help you overcome:
The nature of BYOD itself
Remote Internet connectivity
What if an employee loses a device with important data on it? Well, then you're essentially out of luck unless, of course, that data has been properly backed up through the cloud via some sort of MSP-provided BDR (Backup and Data Recovery) option. Also, the employee may have to pay for their own device and so is likely to resort to secondary options in the meantime. You may have to pay for a lost device here or there. This is still cheaper than a whole suite of devices!
Connecting to the internet remotely could be secure or it may not. You need checks in place to only allow BYOD-using employees network access if the device and connection are vetted. Multi-factor authentication is ideal.
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Managed IT services in Birmingham through ION247 can help provide your business requisite cybersecurity in BYOD and more. Contact us to cost-effectively upgrade!