It's that time of the year again: the adults dress up in scary costumes and the children run wild on a sugar rush. But just like any other time of the year, your network faces nightmares from cybercriminals, system errors and more. Time to shine a light on the five most sinister terrors that haunt sysadmins.
Nightmare on Ransomware Street
Coming into work and finding out that our infrastructure was hit with ransomware in the night and they got into backups. Imagine the horror. WannaCry, Meltdown, Spectre, and others have demonstrated the power of insidious ransomware threats. These outbreaks managed to make it clear just how much of a problem ransomware has become.
Being able to successfully track down ransomware issues depends on various factors, but you won't be able to mitigate threats if you haven't got your baseline right. The importance of gaining complete visibility into your network environment affects numerous IT processes, and network security is one of them.
Dawn of the Audit
Nobody likes an audit. Even in the best of outcomes, audits take up valuable time that can be used to improve services. You have to run through checklists and spreadsheets to review the audit requirements. Worse, a negative IT audit can feel like a report card on your ability as an IT pro.
Always be prepared for the auditors. They strike without warning and they have no mercy. The best defense against negative IT audit results? Know your IT environment inside out. What better way to start off by gaining complete visibility with Lansweeper's agentless discovery capabilities, right?
The Backup Massacre
One of the things that strike fear in the hearts of IT professionals: the look on a user's face when you have to tell them their data is gone for good. The ultimate fright? Failed Hard Drives on the file server, the backup server, and the offsite backup server at the same time.
Backups are the cornerstone of any good disaster recovery plan so if you have a decent backup workflow in place, congratulations - you are one step nearer to protecting the data your business relies on. The only defense is a strong offense: make sure you are regularly backing up your data.
The Haunted Printers
Truth be told: you are probably not all that fond of your printers. They always seem to be out of order when you need them. No paper, no toner. Do you even have an accurate printer inventory? Imagine all printers set to print single-sided, highest quality with color by default. The shiver is real.
Unlike most other tech devices, printers have moving parts and supplies that must be replaced regularly. As such, a good amount of maintenance is required to have a printer working and printing effectively. Making it a device that requires time and money to work over time.
The Silence of the Coffee Machine
Your servers might run on electricity, but we all know your network really runs on coffee. You simply cannot function without that daily dose of coffee that keeps you alert on the job.
Compiling and maintaining a complete, accurate, and up-to-date network inventory of your assets can help you to pro-actively avoid many IT nightmares. We won't be able to avoid a broken coffee machine, but leveraging an ITAM solution will boost your productivity so you can enjoy your well-deserved latte. If you haven't already, download a free trial of Lansweeper and start managing your assets, the right way.