As the New Year begins, resolutions are upon us. Be it a promise to start working out regularly or changing your diet, most people take the New Year as an opportunity to better themselves and make progress. The same approach should be taken when it comes to your business. What are your goals for 2015? Have you made any resolutions to set your company apart?

To help you speed things along and find success, here are a few tech resolutions that you can make to gain the most from your technology.

  1. Harness the power of the cloud: Cloud computing took the business world by storm in 2014 and shows no sign of stopping in 2015. From cloud productivity apps such as Office 365 to cloud storage such as Dropbox or Google Drive, businesses everywhere are making the shift to an office without walls. Prep your business against local drive failure by storing your files in the cloud and gain access to your data from anywhere at any time. Check with your current IT provider to determine if the cloud is right for you.
  2. Address the BYOD movement: Employees everywhere are starting to conduct regular work functions on their own devices, due to simplicity and convenience. Rather than ignoring the practice all together, you can build a BYOD policy that keeps your company data safe and allows you to monitor the network to prevent data breaches. Your current IT provider should be able to help you create a comprehensive plan that embraces employee preferences without compromising the safety of your infrastructure.
  3. Complete constant security updates: Viruses transform and alter themselves on a pretty regular basis. So a security patch that works one day may not work the next. That being said, the only way to stay defensive is to update your security on a frequent basis. Maintain your system performance by keeping your patches up to date and your passwords secure.
  4. Invest in an antivirus software: No matter how good your anti-virus software is, it means nothing if it’s not consistently updated. Updating your virus software allows for the technology to familiarize itself with the latest string of viruses so that it can better recognize them when encountered.
  5. Enable two-step authentication: Passwords are never safe. Just think back to all of the data hacks that occurred in the last year alone. JP Morgan Chase, Kmart, Ebay, all huge enterprises who suffered large scale data hacks during 2014. Medical records and other sensitive information was stolen from Sony employees back in December, a case that the FBI is still trying to piece together. Two-step authentication requires both a password and a one-time code that is texted or called to your phone at login, so that your identity is verified twice before accessing your information.