Tips to Mitigate Data Breaches and Vulnerabilities With Cloud Computing

One of the biggest trends in business is using cloud computing: Remote servers are used to hold the business’ data. While there are many benefits to using cloud computing, especially hybrid cloud computing, new statistics show an increase in security breaches. According to Forbes, many of these breaches are aimed at cloud containers, which are newer machines replacing overhead virtual machines (VMs). Containers are being chosen over VMs because they are easier and quicker to use.  Breaches of these containers have increased by over 40% since the beginning of 2019, and are expected to continue to rise based on the product’s popularity.  Another concern with cloud computing is proper implementation.…

Seemingly Innocuous Apps May Breach Your Company’s Security

With the rise in popularity of photo and video-sharing apps, data security has been called into question when using them. When these apps are downloaded on your devices (or your company’s devices), the threat of downloading a version with a virus or unknowingly allowing unknown access to your camera roll is feasible.  Take FaceApp — this recently-popular app uses a self-portrait to turn the user either younger or older. While this seems like harmless fun, this shared biometric data (any data that relates to human characteristic metrics, such as photos and fingerprints) may lead to data breaches. According to TechRepublic, FaceApp’s CEO, Yaroslav Goncharov, says that these collected images are…

Newly-Released 2018 Cybersecurity Reports Reveal Shocking Statistics

The Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance (OTA) recently released its report about cyber crime statistics for 2018. These numbers, while startling, are only expected to continue their upward trend. OTA’s report revealed that $45 billion dollars were stolen in 2018 using various methods, including ransomware, malware and phishing. According to CPO Magazine, the overall number of reported cyber attacks were down, meaning that many of these attacks are targeting specific victims. Here are three important 2018 cyber crime statistics that were revealed in OTA’s report: 1. While the total number of ransomware attacks declined, monetary losses rose by 60%. 2. The loss of money through business email compromises rose by…

The Advantages of Using Hybrid Cloud Computing in Business

Technology changes so quickly that it can be difficult to decide which is most important for your company to invest in today. One significant trend is moving company data to hybrid clouds. According to CloudTech, a hybrid cloud can be defined as: “a mash-up of on-premises and off-premises IT resources.” Since there is no exact ratio for how much information is stored in one cloud or the other, the amount of data in each cloud (public or private) can vary. There are many reasons why companies decide to switch to hybrid cloud computing. Here are three reasons why this system can help your company. 1. Cost savings It can be…

The Threat of WannaCry Ransomware Still Continues Today

  Most people involved in the technology industry remember the destruction WannaCry ransomware brought to companies worldwide May 2017. Many major companies were hit, such as Telefonica, FedEx and Renault. With staff locked out of their files, the National Health Service in the U.K. was shut down, turning patients away.  This attack could have been a lot worse without Marcus Hutchins and Jamie Hankins, who worked around the clock. Hutchins found the answer he was looking for in the malware code; he registered the domain and made a kill switch.  Thankfully, it stood up to attacks and stopped the ransomware in two days.  While the world has not yet experienced…

How Much is Downtime Costing Your Company? The Number May Shock You.

  Though the exact number varies depending upon an organization’s operation, new reports found the average cost of system downtime to be over $8,000 per minute.  System downtime results in lost productivity, opportunities and reputations. When the system is down, it greatly affects the way your employees can conduct business and  create an unfavorable opinion of your operations for clients.  Avoid downtime, data loss, or expensive repair issues with MDL Technology’s 24/7 network monitoring service. Able to detect and report problems before they escalate, our team of experts keep your systems working smoothly through monitoring server traffic and load, hardware integrity and reliability, antivirus protection and more.  Don’t lose money…

Tips to Improve Your Company’s Security

  As technology continues to advance, it is more important now than ever to take all the necessary steps to protect your information — especially when you’re running a business. Making sure your company’s data is secure can help you avoid malware, hacking attempts and improve the overall health of your devices. It’s better to feel protected when dealing with potential financial losses — also relieving you from unnecessary stress in the workplace. Here are a few tips to help your company stay secure.    Provide awareness training Employees’ lack of awareness is often what leads to a security breach. It is vital to educate your employees about any security…

The Challenges of Medical Device Cybersecurity

Health care information technology is ever-changing, and although it may be convenient for clinicians, it can pose risks for patients. Access and identity management continues to be a medical device cybersecurity challenge and priority, because these devices collect and document patient information, such as vital signs.    Security expert Mark Sexton of the consultancy Clearwater notes that many older medical device operating systems can be vulnerable. He predicts that by the end of the year, as many as 70% of medical devices will be running on operating systems that are no longer supported.     New technologies in the medical device industry are becoming available, though. Since these devices are more…

3 Cybersecurity Tips for Summer Travels Every Employer Should Know

Warm weather is here, and so are summer vacations. Of the nearly 100 million Americans who plan to travel in 2019, most planned trips in the summer, according to a AAA travel survey. In fact, 68 percent of families have a summer getaway planned. While vacations are good for employees’ mental states, they’re not always so great for a company’s cybersecurity.    In today’s mobile driven world, many people have work information on their personal devices. We’ve already discussed how this can put companies at risk on a regular basis but on vacation, when employees’ guards are down, that risk increases.    Here are three key tips to pass along…

LightEdge Data Center Partnership Adds Peace of Mind for Clients

  We’re protecting our clients and their valuable data. As William Simmons, our director of sales, explained, we recognize the benefits of outsourcing to LightEdge Solutions for an on-premise data center. Efficiency, security, reliability and constant evolution are some of the key components we prioritize in storing our clients’ data, and this data center lets us concentrate on our clients’ safety and peace of mind more than ever.   The LightEdge data center is key to our backup management service. We assure our clients that their data is secure with our company, because we have a reliable system to execute this trust. We automate the entire process of data backup…