Making the Most of Your First Office 64

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The following article is a guest post.

As an entrepreneur, selecting the first office space for your business may be one of the most challenging decisions you will face. This is true whether you are a solopreneur, in a partnership or manage a handful of staff; choosing the right business base – and knowing what to look out for – can be difficult.

When you begin looking, you may be tempted by the range of high-tech serviced offices, or dream of some of the world’s coolest office spaces like Google’s headquarters, but how do you know what type of office is right for your business venture?

Obviously, one of the most important considerations when renting an office is price. However, in addition to affordability, there are also a number of other factors that must included in the decision-making process, such as:

  • Can the space cater for business growth and development?
  • Is it in the best location for employees and clients?
  • Are there good transport links and amenities?
  • How long is the lease and does the price include any additional services?
  • And what sort of layout does your business require?

Finding the Right Office is Essential.

The right environment will not only provide a stable base, but it could also help your business to flourish. For example, if your business relies on team work, an open glass office space can foster creativity, communication and collaboration. Or, if your business is still finding its feet, a startup incubation unit could be the best choice.

Essentially, the right office can boost staff productivity, impress potential clients and serve as a platform for growth.

Renting Versus Owning.

While the idea of owning an office may be exciting, most startups and small businesses lack the capital required to buy their own premises.

Renting an office comes with a number of perks, such as: convenience, flexibility to scale your business and upgrade premises, and being able to afford a more high-tech space.

Furthermore, renting also provides a sense of security that owning cannot match. For example, when you buy office space you must be prepared to: pay for repairs and maintenance, sell before you can move to new premises, and meet monthly mortgage repayments which may limit working capital.

Choosing the first office for your business can be a daunting task. But if you take your time and do your research, you can select the right office to support your venture and foster growth.

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Data Is Important to Your Business’s Operations: Keep It as Safe as It Is Accessible 30

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Computers have been able to move files between one another since the technology’s very early days. The first File Transfer Protocol (FTP) technology emerged in 1971. Back then, network administrators only needed to move data from one place to the next; security was not an issue. Furthermore, since the computers were probably in the same room, the data did not have very far to go.

Today, there are many ways to move data efficiently and safely over long distances. MOVEit by ipswitch is a good example. It’s very robust yet also very easy to use. It also has a number of audit trail and compliance features that really make it a useful program.

How do you know for sure whether Moveit or some other program is the right one for your business?

What is Secure File Transfer?

FTP still works very well when there is absolutely no need for security, but these instances are few and far between. Some of today’s most popular file transfer options are:

  • Secure File Transfer Protocol: As the name implies, SFTP is FTP plus encryption. The combination is very fast and prevents network eavesdropping. SCP (Secure Copy) is a closely related protocol.
  • Managed File Transfer: MFT is a much more complex option. In addition to file security, it adds a variety of audit, management, reliability, and other features.
  • Email Encryption: Instead of transferring the file as an attachment, a secure email sends a link. Then, the recipient can download the document from a secure site. Moreover, email encryption enables users to send very large files with little drama.
  • Hosting: Originally, file hosting services supported document collaboration and nothing else. Lately, security features have emerged as well, making network hosting a viable secure file transfer option.

All these methods rely on access control. Typically, that involves a username and password. Depending on the organization’s needs, the access control can be much tighter. Usually, this process involves an Identity and Access Management (IAM) system.

Some File Transfer Features

In its most basic form, secure file transfer relies on command line interfaces. This system is automated and not designed for user interface, so there are very few additional features. On the other hand, command line interfaces are very low-cost and allow organizations to maintain control over file security even if they use cloud providers.

SFTP is still the best option for most businesses, but SFTP by itself often falls short. Consider adding additional features like:

  • Auditing: Sometimes, auditing functions are available as an add-on. But organizations that also have compliance issues in this area, such as those that handle Personal Identifying Information (PII), may be better off with MFT.
  • Scheduling: This need is not as common but it’s still out there. Sometimes, users need to send documents at certain times of the day, usually to avoid bandwidth conflicts. Customers with scheduling needs almost always need MFT, because its systems are very robust.
  • Indirect Transfer: Only MFT allows users to send documents to an intermediary server when then forwards them to the recipients. The user and recipient are isolated from each other, and such transfers are easier to track.

Consider the options carefully before making a decision. Then, go with an established provider who stands by its products.