According to Gartner, an unmanaged PC costs $5,000 a year. That’s a lot of dough if you are a small business even with just a few workstations. While computer hardware itself has gotten less expensive, the real expense is the cost to fix your network when something goes wrong. That’s why proactive maintenance is so critical for small business owners — PCs, and the networks they’re on, require constant monitoring. Many offices continue to rely on a break/fix model of IT support -- when something goes wrong, you get it fixed. This approach leads to un-budgeted expenses and more frequent downtime. A proactively managed network, when done correctly, will not only improve uptime, but will also keep you protected from the endless security threats targeting businesses like you. Why wouldn’t you want to be protected from the moment you make any IT investment? Here are some reasons why you should.