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There are few topics that capture the imagination and passion of the human spirit more than Information Technology management. Yes, I’m joking. I’ve learned the best conversation killer is to say I manage IT for a living. People literally trip over themselves trying to get away. At business conferences, non-IT professionals rarely attend IT management sessions.
I love to use an analogy to describe the reason for this lack of interest. For the non-IT professional, discussing IT management is like watching a platypus tap dance for an hour. Sounds interesting at first, quickly becomes unbearably boring, leaves the audience utterly confused, and in the end seems like a monumental waste of time with no real actionable outcomes.
Funny, except proper management of technology is as important to any business as lungs are for breathing. Most businesses today, no matter the size or industry, are really technology companies. Not convinced? Here’s the test. Imagine your office with no computer, no network, and no internet. How long could the business run like this? A week? A day? An hour?
With so much at stake, I like to advocate a simple, common-sense approach to managing technology.
Managing IT can be boiled down to a few key elements: keeping stuff running, implementing new stuff, helping people use the stuff, and securing all that stuff. In other words (if you like business-IT jargon), managing IT is mainly about operations, planning and budgeting, support and training, and cybersecurity.
Now, just to prove to you that a good IT conversation can deliver real, actionable value, I’m going to leave you with some simple cybersecurity tips that you can use immediately. Even if you already know these tips I’m about to share, my expectation is that you’ll share them with someone who doesn’t know.
The world needs more people advocating a little common-sense IT management.
The term “cybersecurity” is enough to get just about anyone shaking in their boots, but it doesn’t have to be so scary. For most businesses, the following is a great place to start:
1. Get a modern, simple firewall. Have someone set it up properly.
2. Buy and keep an updated anti-virus solution and keep your computers patched.
3. Don’t browse the internet on the computer that stores your most important data (e.g., QuickBooks).
4. Use strong passwords by converting them to passphrases. Google “passphrase” if you want to know more.
5. Backup your data every day.
Learn about a common-sense approach to managing IT at NCET’s Biz Bite Luncheon on September 27. NCET is a member-supported nonprofit organization that produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology. Register for the event and get more info at NCETbite.org.
Aaron Boigon is SVP Director of IT at Plumas Bank and is a successful IT professional who enjoys advocating for a more common-sense approach to IT as well as stand-up comedy, philosophy, history, linguistics, and creative writing. What a nerd.