You or your team might be wrapping up the year and gearing up for some well-deserved time off, or you’re working right through (like we are); it’s always good practice to ensure your IT environment is prepped and ready for a smooth and stress-free break.
Here are 9 tips – some familiar and perhaps a couple of new ones – to help you secure, optimise, and safeguard your IT infrastructure before you and/or your team head off for the holidays.
- Back It Up: Begin by performing comprehensive backups of critical data. Ensure that your backup systems function correctly and that you have recent, retrievable copies of essential information.
- Update Software and Security Patches: Check for pending updates and patches. Install them to fortify your systems against potential vulnerabilities during the break.
- User Permissions Review: Review user permissions and access levels. Restrict access for temporary staff or limit permissions for those not requiring full system access during the break.
- Security Software Check: Ensure that your antivirus and anti-malware software are current. Schedule a thorough system scan to detect and resolve any potential security threats.
- Password Management: Encourage employees to update passwords before the break. Consider implementing multi-factor authentication for an added layer of security.
- Communication Plan: Establish a communication plan for emergencies. Ensure that key personnel have access to contact information for IT support in case of any critical issues.
- Power Management: Implement power-saving settings on computers and other devices. This reduces energy consumption and minimises the risk of electrical issues during the holidays.
- Notify Staff: Communicate with staff about any changes in IT procedures during the holidays. Provide clear instructions on how to handle IT-related matters in your absence.
- Document IT Procedures: Create a comprehensive document outlining essential IT procedures and contacts. This will be a reference for any staff handling IT issues during the break.
By following these nine tips, you can ensure that your IT environment is well-prepared for the break (and yes, we can help you if you’re not). Taking proactive measures now will give you peace of mind and contribute to a seamless return to operations in the new year.
Wishing you a restful holiday season and a tech-ready start to 2024.