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Top 4 BYOD Challenges for Small and Midsize Businesses

The recent boom in the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) trend can be credited in large part to its popularity among small to midsize businesses (SMBs). However, even though it is one of the easiest ways for these businesses to cut down on start up costs, there are risks and challenges every SMB should be aware of first.

1. Implementing a BYOD policy

It is extremely important that small and midsize businesses using BYOD implement a clear BYOD policy on their network. Unfortunately many SMBs are actively encouraging the use of these data-sharing programs and services or adopting them company-wide due to their affordability and ease of use, without putting a policy in place first.

2.  Smaller IT Departments

Having a smaller business usually means, at best, only being able to afford a small IT department (sometimes consisting of only one employee).  However, the importance of an IT department or at least having an IT professional on staff cannot be underestimated. Experts predict that small and midsize businesses’ IT spending for security services and programswill exceed $5.6 billion in 2015 (this number will grow twice as fast as small businesses’ total IT spending).

3. Facing Legal Repercussions

SMBs, particularly those in compliance-bound industries like legal and healthcare who have to comply with data security laws, should be extremely cautious when using these file-sharing services and programs or allowing employees to use them for business purposes. One security breach or inadvertent public disclosure could lead to massive fines or other legal actions taken against them.  For any SMB, fines or other legal actions taken against them can be the death nail for their business.

4. Depending on Programs and Services that are not Failsafe

One example of this is Dropbox and the major security breach the service suffered in which all user data became accessible without a password. Like Dropbox and other personal cloud solutions, as Google Drive begins to enter the business environment, it will pose particular challenges for small and midsize businesses which often have fewer IT resources to monitor and control this type of data movement. The reality is that it’s just a matter of time before another breach occurs, whether it is Dropbox or one of many other storage vendors used by businesses today.  It’s important when choosing a file-sharing service or program you take a look at their security features first.

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Cloud Storage is Expensive – How To Own Your Cloud & Save Money

Cloud Storage No IT professional will tell you that outsourcing all of your data storage needs to another entity is a good idea.  But in an increasingly mobile global market, businesses must figure out how to store and share their data in order for their employees to access it safely and securely.

The following article illustrates how businesses should address their data storage issues by looking at both online and personal storage solutions.

Storage Costs

The cost of a 1 terabyte external hard drive can be as low as $100. When buying an external hard drive you are only paying for the amount of storage it can provide, thereby avoiding any monthly fees.

Many people are starting to use sync technologies provided by programs like SugarSync.  The glaring problem with SugarSync is that it does not offer any unlimited backup options and can cost up to $39.99/month.

Even the more familiar services and programs like Dropbox and the Cloud are charging you monthly fees for storage space, these services can get costly.

Storage Security

Many businesses prefer to keep their most sensitive data “on site.”  Meaning they keep that data on their computers and/or hard drives and do not make it accessible through other online programs and/or services.

This gives the company greater control over who is able to access that data because that data can only be accessed through that computer.  A security breach in this instance would most likely be due to someone within the company actively trying to leak information.

There have been so many internet security breaches in the news lately, it can make it hard to know which programs and services to trust. And unfortunately this is where familiarity and ease-of-use has won out over legitimate security needs.

Security should be the primary characteristic businesses consider when looking for a data storage or file sharing system.

Storage Speed and Access Capabilities

While you can access both Dropbox and the Cloud from many different mobile devices the speed in which you are able to view or share your data using these programs is lacking.

Proponents and opponents of Cloud storage alike agree in the downsides to Cloud storage one of the biggest issues is that the Cloud takes up a lot of bandwidth. The more bandwidth a program is using the longer it takes for information to send.  Dropbox also requires its users to upload and download data files before they are able to share or see them.

The reason why so many people have turned to online services and programs like the Cloud, Sugarsync, and Dropbox is in large part due to growing mobile markets.

File-size limits on emails and instant messages have made it nearly impossible for people who solely use personal storage devices, to get the same amount of work done as their online-storage-and-sharing-using counterparts.

This is where TappIn (formerly HomePipe) comes in.  TappIn users can share and sync “on site” information without storing it “off site” (i.e. the Cloud, Sugarsync, and Dropbox).  Allowing its users to treat their external hard drive as a cloud.

Also unlike SugarSync and Dropbox, a program like TappIn doesn’t require you to upload or download files in order to share or view them.  Once a file is shared with you, you will be able to view it immediately.

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