In our IT support for Miami small businesses, we try to find the right balance between security and convenience. In this blog we’ll explain why the two are inversely related to each other and how that relationship might put your network security in jeopardy. According to this article, Every business has different IT support requirements. That makes defining what you really need an important part of the selection process.
Network security isn’t something that just randomly falls into place. You have to invest in your infrastructure and come up with a plan to protect your network.
As you can probably tell, doing this isn’t convenient. At least not in terms of increasing your productivity or sales. Still, you need to accept the inconvenience to secure your network and protect your data.
There’s a trade-off between security and convenience, and both extremes aren’t desirable. If you kept investing in network security, then there would come a point where it would start disrupting your business operations.
According to a recent Harvard Business Review article, you need to tolerate a certain level of inconvenience to protect your information:
“Security and convenience are inversely related. The greater the security provided by a control, the less convenient it is for affected individuals. For example, just as adding locks requires extra keys, increasing password complexity results in additional memorization and typing. An organization’s willingness to tolerate inconvenience has a profound effect on the security of its information.”
Each business needs to find out how much convenience it’s willing to give up for the sake of security. No two situations are alike, so the balance will be specific to your business.
We help our clients find a balance that’s optimal for their situation. Our goal is to make sure that their network is secure and their data is protected, but they can still carry out their business operations without too many disruptions. We’ll monitor the balance of convenience and security as time goes on.
To talk more about IT support for Miami small businesses, or anything else, please contact us. Thanks.