IT Disaster Prevention: The Human Element
Most people, when hearing the term ‘IT disaster prevention’, immediately think of issues that are outside the control of the ordinary worker. Such issues may include damaged or defective hardware, devices that simply wear out, compatibility problems, and even disruptions in the electrical power grid that lead to downtime and loss of data. IT companies know, however, that effective disaster prevention also has a great deal to do with the human element. The two best ways to prevent IT disruptions that emanate from human actions are to train staff effectively and take proactive steps to keep staff away from areas that are best administered by IT professionals.
The Role of IT Consulting
Businesses eager to improve disaster prevention may wish to consider a policy in which desktops are secured against a range of employee changes. An IT consulting firm can be invaluable to advise firms about the features and functions that should be locked down and those which can be left open so that employees can use their own discretion.
An increasing number of firms, for example, are using secure desktop policies in order to limit the range of websites that employees can visit. This is not only to prevent wasted company time on sites like Facebook, but also to keep malware away from the network, since social media is fast becoming a popular vehicle that hackers use to try to infect other computers.
Control over the connection of peripheral devices such as USB flash drives should also be handled by secure desktop policies. Leaving all ports wide open for connections can be an invitation for disaster to strike.