The 5 Essentials of Modern Data Security for Your SMB or Startup

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/11/13 4:53 PM

Data security is one of the most important and most often neglected aspects of small business IT. Companies assume that because they are small and have relatively limited financial assets, they can get by with simple data security measures often amounting to little more than anti-virus protection.

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Topics: IT Support, IT Security, Data Security, SMB, Managed Services, Startup, Cloud, ITO

Why IT is an Insurance Center not a Cost Center for Biotech Startups

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/9/13 5:36 PM

Information technology will be a line item on the budget of any biotech startup. Depending on the size of the business and the IT demands of their research, will dictate how much or how little IT you need. However, IT is best thought of as an investment rather than an expense. You need it to run your business and you expect it to be highly available, and the better the system you have in place, the more prepared you are to succeed from the very start.

In a technology driven industry like biotech, the daily operations of your company are entirely dependent on your computers, internet routers, servers, and security measures. Having the right technology, and the right IT partner, in place provides you with a powerful insurance policy against the setbacks that inevitably happen to young companies. Your IT can help you avoid the following common problems so that you can spend more time producing results for your investors.

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Topics: Backup and Disaster Recovery, Small Business IT Support, IT Support, IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, IT Infrastructure

IT Security: 3 Ways to Protect Your Small Business from Cyber Threats

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 7/2/13 3:47 PM

Thinking about data security can overwhelm almost any small business owner but if you read or watch the news these days if is hard not to read a story about cyber attacks. It is not just governments or large companies either, many small business are reporting attacks on their systems more than ever. Almost every business nowadays has sensitive data it needs to protect—customer data, business secrets, financial information—and if that data were to fall into the wrong hands, it could mean disaster.

Recovering from a data breach is expensive and difficult, nevermind the negative publicity and loss of trust by your customers. Many small businesses simply cannot afford the cost of cleaning up after a data breach. Compounding the problem is that fact that business data is now accessible in many more places than it used to be: desktops and laptops onsite—of course, but also mobile devices like phones and tablets, as well as from remote logins. The cloud—storing data hosted servers offsite—is an increasingly popular IT solution for its flexibility, convenience, and cost, but business owners should worry about the safety of their data when it “lives” in remote servers controlled by companies with their own objectives.

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Topics: IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Small Business IT Support, IT Security, Data Security, Small Business IT Security, ITO

Cloud Power: How to Protect and Secure Your Biotech Startup's Data

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/13/13 2:05 PM

Cloud computing has revolutionized the way that biotech startups are thinking about IT. Having the ability to store data, run servers or applications, and security safeguards off-site can make the process of managing technology easier for most companies. Cloud solutions are changing the ways that startups set up their IT infrastructure, and also the way that established companies prepare for the challenges of the future.

Moving your data or processing power to the cloud presents exciting opportunities, but it is important to embrace the technology in a careful, measured way. Haphazardly moving all of your company's information onto cloud-based networks can create as many problems as it solves. In order to get the most out of this exciting new technology, be sure to keep the following considerations in mind.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, ITO, Big Data

The Big Data Challenges of a Biotechnology Startup Company

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/11/13 2:33 PM

Today's high-tech laboratory experiments can produce astonishing amounts of data. Some biotechnology startups have to deal with the challenge of trying to manage over a petabyte of information. To put that into context, a single petabyte is equivalent to 125,000 8GB iPhones. But even trying to store, backup, and manage tens of terabytes of data is a problem for many small biotech companies.

The average IT network is not equipped to deal with the massive data storage demands of a biotechnology startup. That is why “big data” is such a hot topic in the biotech community right now. Companies of all sizes, running a wide variety of experiments, are struggling to make the most out of the explosion of information that is coming out of their labs. In order to avoid common pitfalls, keep the following concerns in mind when you are first setting up your IT infrastructure.

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data

The Anatomy of a Scalable IT Infrastructure for Biotech

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 6/4/13 4:17 PM

The IT needs of a biotech company, especially a small one in the initial stages of funding and research, can change overnight. Experimental breakthroughs (or failures), influxes of capital, and new contracts can cause your existing IT infrastructure to suddenly become inadequate, even ineffective. All biotech startups need to prepare for the speed and consequence of this change. If you are not ready to shift your IT capabilities as rapidly as your business needs change, workflows can slow or break down, and these processes may end up needing to be changed to meet the new demand. You could also end up with data dispersed in different locations while you try and implement a new system thus potentially putting valuable data in jeopardy.

Instead of scrambling when the needs of your company inevitably change, make sure that you have an IT plan in place from your first day in business that can scale itself to the needs of your company. Scalability is a crucial but often overlooked feature of biotech IT systems. It is never too early to find the right outsourced IT provider to help you in the early stages develop this plan. Even if you feel that you don’t have much business to offer this company, they should be interested in helping you in these early stages as there is almost guaranteed business in the future for them. As you work with your IT services provider to develop an adaptable technological base for you company, keep the following concerns in mind:

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Topics: Cloud IT Solutions, IT Outsourcing, IT Outsourcing, IT Support, Biotechnology Startup, IT Efficiency, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data

Why Biotech Firms Should limit Their Staff's Admin Rights

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/29/13 3:42 PM

In the early and often hectic days of getting your Biotech startup off the ground it is easy to overlook the computer use and security policies you should implement before your company really gets going. Allowing admin rights to computers, servers or file systems is often due to the mistaken belief that this will promote flexibility and adaptability as researchers try to gather and analyze as much experimental data as they can in a short period of time. But there are important reasons that you should limit your staff's access to admin rights. Here are four:

1. Data Loss

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security

The Top 3 Data Security Concerns of Startup Biotechs

Posted by Steven Vigeant on 5/21/13 5:10 PM

It is easy to think that your startup is too small or too new to face threats to your data security. But the simple fact is that in the current competitive climate of the biotech industry, when many companies of all sizes are rushing to develop innovations, the security of your data is more important than ever.

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Topics: IT Security, Biotechnology Startup, Biotech, Data Security, Big Data


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