How Patch Management Can Save Your Business

You see the alert on your computer pop up daily. You press ignore or “install later,” but later never comes. Eventually, your computer starts opening up programs on its own, and you get the eerie sensation that something has gone wrong. This is the normal course of action when a piece of malware or a data breach infects your computer. And the reason? In this situation, it all comes down to a missed software patch. Patch management is the best way to keep your software working quickly and safely without stalling or crashing. It is also one of the first lines of defense your software has against malware targeting your…

Why Healthcare Organizations are Moving Disaster Recovery Measures to the Cloud

According to new research from the Ponemon Institute, healthcare organizations are the target of about one cyberattack per month. The researchers found that almost half of the 535 healthcare IT and IT security practitioners surveyed experienced a breach involving loss or exposure of patient information in the past year. The most common types of cyberattacks on healthcare organizations resulted from system failures, unsecured medical devices, identity theft and unsecured mobile devices.   Because of the critical and very private information that healthcare organizations keep on hand, a good disaster recovery plan is an absolute necessity. In fact, since 1996, HIPAA has required that healthcare organizations maintain a disaster recovery plan…

What to Do if Your Law Firm has Been Hacked

Just a couple months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that hackers broke into several prestigious law firms, including Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. Law firms’ computer systems hold a wealth of information of special interest to hackers, such as trade secrets, information about clients—especially large, corporate clients—and other sensitive information. These breaches in security are usually characterized by large amounts of information being stolen at once and then analyzed later. Fortunately, if you’ve discovered your law firm has been attacked, recovery is possible.   Even if your law firm hasn’t been hacked yet, chances are it will be. That’s why it’s important to…

MDL Technology Gives Tips on Password Security

While May 5 might mean margaritas, chips and salsa for some, tech professionals are thinking of only one thing on this spring day: passwords. Password Day started out as a friendly reminder for individuals and businesses to do their annual password changes, but it has evolved into a global phenomenon, encouraging people from all walks of life to ramp up the strength of their digital security.       Here are some tips to keep in mind when adding extra security to your password protection:   Use a Different Password for Every Account This tip can seem like a migraine waiting to happen for many tech users. And while it…