Four IT projects to prioritiseYou want to update your IT systems, but you have limited budget and need to prioritise. Which are the IT projects you should look at implementing first?

Here’s how financial services businesses are prioritising this year.

1. Infrastructure Security Audit

Do you know where the security gaps are in your IT infrastructure? Financial services companies in particular need to understand where vulnerabilities lie in order to mitigate the entry points for a targeted attack. An Infrastructure Security Audit is an evaluation of the security status of your IT infrastructure by analysing and reporting on how it conforms to a set of established criteria.

2. Email to cloud

Moving your email to the cloud provides efficiency, flexibility and accessibility.  Research shows that email is in fact the most common IT function moved to the cloud (Data backup is the second). Moving your email to the cloud offers security and flexibility at a fixed monthly cost. And Microsoft offers 99.9% uptime guarantee.

3. Cloud backup

Cloud backup offers simplicity and security together with compliance. In the event of a data disaster (or even a simple electricity outage) it is 4 times faster to get your business back up and running with cloud backup. Backup as a Service enables companies to lower compliance costs, reduce the risk of data loss and improve data governance.

4. Disaster Recovery

Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming in just over a year in May 2018 and GDPR requires some businesses to have a director responsible for data recovery. For financial services companies it is vital to get your business functioning again quickly should a disaster occur.  Lost data and business downtime means reputational damage, lost money and lost customers. Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) minimises downtime and disruption to customers and staff in the event of an outage.

By Aisling Foley of Trilogy Technologies.