Protecting your company and its data requires IT staffing decisions that count. Filling your IT positions correctly will help you with emergencies and can help your company communicate in this information age. It requires some research since there are so many different data-driven roles and jobs. Just a few of these jobs include office IT professionals, software engineers, big data engineers, and mobile app developers. Getting this decision right will bode well for your company's future.

1. Assess whether you want to hire an IT staff or outsource

When you hire a person or several employees to do your IT work, you have to also pay a full-time salary and benefits. These jobs start at $40,000 per year. This could potentially be more costly than paying by the hour for managed IT services. The trade-off is that having someone on staff can also make them more familiar with your company's data needs and goals for scalability. Consult an IT staffing agency and ask them to send you the resumes of their top candidates. That way, you can decide what pay structure works best for your company.

2. Get cyberattack protection for your company

Cybersecurity and cyberattack mitigation should be primary concerns when addressing your IT services. IT professionals can help you to prevent attacks such as SQL injection, DNS tunneling, man-in-the-middle attack, ransomware, and phishing. Each and every one of these attacks can render your company completely inoperable and cost you several thousands of dollars or more. Ask the IT staffing agency for references for applicants that have Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) certifications.

The applicant that you hire can also help you create an emergency cyberattack plan. This plan should establish communication strategies and a protocol to stop damage and get back up and running quickly.

3. Don't let your machinery or software get outdated

Consider Software as a Service (SaaS) and Hardware as a Service (HaaS) products so that your systems don't get outdated. It's easy to get left behind with old and obsolete systems otherwise. IT companies often give you free updates as included in your service, which is a benefit to hiring them. Consider phone and other multimedia selections as well, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and Private Branch Exchange (PBX) phone communication systems.

Take your IT staffing seriously so your company has everything it needs.