Yahoo! is the Latest Victim of a Data Breach

Data breaches have become all too common. Today’s headlines are littered with stories of cyber theft and security failures. Yahoo! is the latest victim. With over 500 million user accounts compromised, this could be the largest data breach in history. But Yahoo! is far from alone. So far in 2016, we’ve learned about security breaches at Linkedin, the U.S. Department of Justice, Oracle, Dropbox and many others. Is there anything that can be done to stem the tide?   According  to cybersecurity expert Por Thorsheim, the Yahoo! breach “will cause ripples online for years to come.” In a statement from Yahoo! addressing the issue, they provided some information about the…

MDL Technology Takes a Look at the Importance of Network Monitoring

Network monitoring might sound like the easiest and most simplistic part of an IT managed service. While it doesn’t take much to monitor your network and ensure everything is working properly, it’s surprising how many companies overlook this essential component. The idea behind network monitoring is simple: keep a constant eye on your network to catch failing components or components that are running slow before they become a problem. A good monitoring system lets your administrator know of any issues with the network so that they can be addressed before they get out of hand. A business without constant network monitoring  runs the risk of losing a good deal of…

MDL Technology Examines ESPN’s Week 1 Fantasy Football Flop

The worldwide leader of sports, ESPN, suffered a worldwide fumble on week 1 of the NFL season. The lauded fantasy football app crashed at one of the most inopportune times possible. The blunder shows that if you are not prepared for the absolute worst, the absolute worst will happen. Geekwire estimates that over 74 million people play fantasy football, with the first week of hope being the biggest fantasy weekend by far.   ESPN has acknowledged the issues and has since blamed a backend data access issue. A simple misguided network monitoring problem put the app down for over four hours. Which is roughly the equivalent of one full game…

MDL Technology Examines How OPM Could Have Avoided a Giant Data Breach

In a breach that was first publicly announced mid-2015, the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has finally came to a consensus on the root of the issue. With a 241-page analysis of the data breach, they have found that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed fingerprint data and background investigations on millions of Americans.   Data breaches can be a giant deficit to a company. Not only did someone hack into their system, but also losing trust of employees and business partners. Inverse said, “It all could have been prevented very easily.” Cyber security may seem like a small part of your overall operation, but giant…

Kansas City-Based IT Company Examines How Delta Could Have Avoided Thousands of Cancelled Flights

During the dates of Aug. 8 – 10, 2016, customers who flew with Delta airlines experienced thousands of great delays or cancelled flights. As a direct result, the unfortunate event cost the airline financially and their public image was hurt. Could this all been prevented if they were up to date on their network monitoring?   According to Information Management, it very well could have been prevented. Their IT system was simply outdated for today’s times. Information Management also explained that Delta is not the first to suffer from this issue, “Just a month ago, Southwest Airlines dealt with a similar scenario in which a broken router caused another 2,300…