Welcome back everyone! Hope you all had a great holiday break and spent some well-deserved time away from work. In this article, we will provide you with 5 New Years 2024 tips to help you position your businesses IT well for the next 12 months.

Secure your software packages with two-factor authentication (2FA)

Software packages are an essential part of any business, unfortunately they can also be a weak point in your cyber security. To help mitigate the risk, it is a good idea to review all your software packages to ensure that two-factor authentication (2FA) is enabled and enforced. This will add an extra layer of security to your accounts and make it harder for hackers to gain access.

Plan for IT asset replacements with an aging asset report

It’s essential to keep your IT equipment up to date to ensure that your business continues to run smoothly. To help you plan for any possible asset replacements in your budget, ask your IT provider for an aging asset report. Requesting these reports can help you to avoid unexpected expenses and ensure that your business is always running on the latest technology.

Optimise your subscription costs by reviewing your licenses

It’s easy to forget about subscriptions and monthly costs, but they can add up quickly. Having a quick review of your subscriptions and monthly costs such as phones, internet, and software subscriptions is a great way to see if you are using all of your licenses. Conducting these reviews can help you save money and ensure that you are not paying for services that you don’t need.

Maximise productivity by ensuring your IT equipment is up to date

Failing, outdated, or slow IT equipment can cost your business thousands of dollars in lost productivity over a 12-month period. If your computer is 20% slower than your ideal working speed and you use it 5 hours a day, 5 days a week, then you are wasting 150 hours a year. This is equivalent to 18.75 working days. Make sure that your IT equipment is working for you and not against you by keeping it up to date and running smoothly.

Protect your business with the Essential Eight framework and cyber security insurance

The Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC) has developed the Essential Eight framework to help businesses protect themselves against cyber threats. This framework provides eight essential strategies to mitigate cyber security incidents. Additionally, cyber security insurance can help protect your business in the event of a cyber-attack. Make sure that you are familiar with the Essential Eight framework and requirements for cyber security insurance.

In conclusion, we hope that these 5 tips will help you optimise your IT infrastructure and secure your business against cyber threats in 2024. By following these tips, you can ensure that your IT equipment is up to date, your software packages are secure, your subscriptions are optimised, and your business is protected against cyber-attacks. If you have any questions about IT infrastructure or cyber security, please do not hesitate to reach out to Multum Tech Brisbane and Sunshine Coast at solutions@multum.com.au or on 1800 685 886.

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