In the modern age, it takes a lot to be able to grow your business. These days your customers demand more than they used to. This is especially true since the economy has been tight for the past two years. Right now people are looking for a bargain when they shop. And not only are they looking for a bargain, they are looking for a way to save time as well. So if you want to be the first stop when it comes to potential new customers then no matter what type of business that you are in, you are going to need an online component.
When you do add an online component to your business, you need to make sure that you take special care of it. And it is not only the online component that you have to worry about it. If you add a web site to your business then there is a good chance that you are going to make sure that your office is wired up as well. This is especially true if you have more than one person working in the office. Part of being more efficient to save your customers more money is to make sure that your office is running as smoothly as possible. To do this you need to make sure that everything is digitized as much as possible. This means that you have to not only make sure that your public facing web site is as secured as it can be. But you also have to make sure that your office is as secured as can be as well. Any leak points that happen in either place can cause trouble to both you and your customers.
The first thing that you should take a look at
Before you start anything, the first thing that you should take a look at is making sure that the people who set up your office network and your web site are accredited. It will help you in the long run to get experts in both fields. A person who can set up and secure a network might not necessarily be able to set up a web site. And a person who can build a web site might not be able to secure a network as much as it needs to be. There are plenty of people who offer to do both but make sure you are careful
After everything is set up by the proper individuals then you should be ready to go. Your business is now up to date and you should see an increase in productivity as soon as you and your employees get used to the new system. But now you have to worry about the new stress that is going to be hitting the system soon. The whole purpose of having an office network and a new web site is for people to be able to use it. You have to be sure that when it starts to get a heavy load that the system will be able to handle it. One of the oldest hacker tricks in the book is to cause a DDOS (Distributed Denial Of Service) attack to hurt online business. This is why you must have a computer security expert on call just in case something like this happens to you.
Running a stress test
When an expert comes in and runs a stress test, they are not just trying to see if the network can handle a huge amount of people. They also want to be sure that the network can handle any security attacks as well. While we talked about a DDOS attack earlier that is not the only security issue that can happen on an undefended network. There are plenty of malware out there that target office networks exclusively. They do this because it is easier to have the malware spread out on an office network than it is the internet.
The person who does come in to do the test is going to have special tools that he is going to run. He will connect to the network and try, as we said before, both security test and network latency test. While the security tests are always important, the network latency test becomes more important the bigger the company gets.
When it comes to the security and stress latency of your web site, a lot of that is going to be done by your network host provider. That’s if you are using a managed server and not running it on your own. When your hosting provider tells you that you are running through bandwidth more quickly than before, then you know that it is time to step up your system. They will most likely run security test on your server as well. This means that you do not have to hire an outside consultant to keep your site safe unless it becomes really popular.
Stress testing your web site and your office network is very important. If you do not then you will pay for it down the line.