When’s the last time you looked in the mirror?

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bob vogel augustBy Bob Vogel, B2 Marketing

I remember back in the days when I was the first Chief Marketing Officer at

Autotask, doing some market research into the IT service community, I uncovered the “dirty little secret” that everyone knew, but nobody talked about:

Most IT solution providers were out there preaching the strategic importance of technology to their clients, installing the latest and best hardware and software solutions, but they were still running their own businesses with spreadsheets, whiteboards and handwritten invoices.

Some of that has changed in the past five years, thanks to the missionary work of my old chums at Autotask, plus their worthy competitors at ConnectWise and TigerPaw. But, when it comes to the internal networks and computers at many-an IT service firm, the scenario is like the old story of the Cobbler’s children who had old, worn out shoes.

When’s the last time you took a real close look at your own computing environment? How old are your servers, firewalls, and the PCs that your techs and support team are using? Are you sure that your own network is as secure as you’d insist for your clients? Any software installed that shouldn’t be there? Any people have network access that shouldn’t any more – like contractors or former employees? And what about email permissions and bandwidth consumption?

There’s a ton of bad things that can be going on within your network, and on individual company-owned machines, that you probably don’t know about and should. And you can find out for under fifty bucks.

Go ahead and visit the Network Detective “test drive” page at the RapidFire Tools web site and order the Limited Edition of the tool for just $49.95. You can immediately download the tool from there and run it on your own network. You might be surprised at what it discovers.

For a more in-depth internal review, go ahead and subscribe to the Security Module at the same site. The annual subscription comes with a 30-day money back guarantee, so if it doesn’t find anything of value, go ahead and return it. But my guess is you’ll be plenty impressed, and happy that your subscription gives you the right to run an unlimited number of assessments – not only on your own network, but on every one of your clients’ networks for a full year! Check it out: www.rapidfiretools.com.