The Top IT Priorities for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses in 2023

Small and medium enterprises have encountered major IT challenges since the pandemic. While the economies staggered and recession ensued, continuing business operations became the biggest issue for SMEs.

Though we’re almost done with 2022, the aftereffects persist, at least for these small and medium-sized businesses. We’ve put together this guide to outline priorities these businesses should carry into 2023.

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Cloud Technologies

The Cloud computing market is estimated to grow to $947.3 billion by 2026. More businesses have adopted cloud technologies to rid themselves of on-site IT infrastructure. It’s costly, high-maintenance and vulnerable. In contrast, cloud computing technologies are easier to access and maintain and less prone to security issues.

SMEs should consider different roads to cloud-based systems such as PaaS, SaaS and IaaS. Each of these cloud-based solutions encompasses different services, customer management and IT security.

Cybersecurity Defense

Businesses that rely on Java-based logging are more prone to cybersecurity risks. Cybercriminals can use their tools to exploit these systems, perform nefarious activities or steal sensitive data.

It doesn’t matter how stronger your cybersecurity is right now; you can’t continue using them in the future because cybercriminals are getting smarter. Make investments to strengthen your cyber defenses to remain one step ahead.

SMEs also need to create a culture of cybersecurity by training employees. It’ll change their mindset towards IT infrastructure and the cybersecurity chain. You can turn your employees into a stronger defense against phishing activities.

Hybrid Work

Remote and hybrid work is a new norm. Advanced technology enables businesses to add these capabilities to their system regardless of size.

A hybrid work system can improve the productivity of small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). The remote work rate is estimated to grow by 36 million by 2025 in the US alone. You might find your future salesperson, accounting officer or graphic designer among this lot.

Adding a layer of hybrid work system through desktop virtualization and VPN access keeps cybersecurity at the top, so your remote employees don’t become easy bait for cyber criminals.

Compliance Requirements

The need to meet compliance regulations increases as your business adopts advanced technology and modern IT tools. SMBs should meet a certain level of cybersecurity maturity.

Compliance is a critical and huge issue for small and medium-sized businesses since they have limited resources. This is where our cybersecurity services for small businesses come to play.

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SunRiver IT offers IT services to Nashville’s small and medium-sized enterprises. Our services include managed IT services, business continuity solutions and cybersecurity services. Contact us today to start your cybersecurity plan.