Five Benefits of Virtual Desktops

There’s no argument that computers are essential to a company’s success, but they also come with a myriad of challenges. They can be expensive, difficult to maintain and pose a security risk to the company.   Yet technology is presenting another innovation that could help solve these problems and more: virtual desktops. Virtual desktops are computers that you access and operate over the Internet rather than via a specific physical machine. “It takes everything you get when you buy a normal computer — the hardware, the operating system, the processing power — and makes it all accessible to you via the cloud, from anywhere, on almost any device,” describes IT support…

How Network Monitoring Can Benefit Your Company

Power outages, hardware failure, natural disasters and other incidents can occur when you least expect them. And more importantly, when you aren’t prepared for them. This can cause your network performance to crash down to nothing in an instant. Because these events are incredibly unpredictable, it is essential to implement a network monitoring solution to keep ahead of the curve in case of emergency.   What Is Network Monitoring? Network performance monitoring (NPM) solutions are constructed to analyze the network in real time, revealing valuable information regarding your network’s operation. Worried about losing data? Network monitoring plans take your worries away. NPMs constantly check your network for performance issues so…

Climate Change, Natural Disasters Drive Decisions to Move to the Cloud

The mounting issue of climate change around the world has become increasingly concerning. The benefits the cloud offers this industry involving data storage are more notable — and relevant — than ever. On-premise data centers are at risk with an increasing number of natural disaster threats due to climate change. Yet only 10 percent of enterprises have discontinued their on-premise data centers, leaving 90 percent of companies in harm’s way.   Moving all data storage to the cloud eliminates the risk of data being destroyed by an unpredictable natural disaster. By 2025, 80 percent of businesses will favor the transition of moving data to the cloud instead of storing it…

5 Basic Cybersecurity Tips Every Employee Should Know

Whether you have a dedicated team of cybersecurity professionals working for your company or not, your employees play a key role in keeping your data safe. Where they check their email, what passwords they use and which links they click can make or break your company’s security. It’s important, then, that employees are educated on basic cybersecurity practices. Here are five main things all employees should do to keep data safe:   Always update software When you get a notification that a software update is available, do it immediately. Developers create software updates to make programs stronger. Updates fix previously unseen vulnerabilities in programs, which prevents hackers from taking advantage…

Government Asks for Action with a Reintroduced Cybersecurity Bill

Cybersecurity is a nationwide issue we all have to consider. Every time we log on, sign in, search or do anything online, our online security could be at risk of a cyberattack. Recently, the Senate took a step in the right direction to protect our nation from ongoing cyber attacks.   Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Corey Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced a bill this month that could mean important forward movement for cybersecurity in our government and our nation as a whole. Under the proposed State Cyber Resiliency Act, state and local governments would be able to work together to create plans to improve their cybersecurity defenses, as StateScoop reports. This…

Patch Management Helps Companies Avoid Cyber Attacks

In cybersecurity, patch management is frequently discussed as an essential tool to protect companies. Various tech firms, MDL included, recommend that businesses find experts in patch management to ensure that all company software is up-to-date and safe to use. Here’s a breakdown of what patch management is and why it’s important for your company’s cybersecurity.   What are patches? Patches are pieces of code that fix issues in software that has already been released and installed. When users update their software, they’re essentially “patching” it up with coding that fixes any problems that exist. These patches can fix anything from minor bugs to large vulnerabilities. Because software is increasingly complex,…

Talent Wanted: Why the Cybersecurity Talent Gap Exists and How To Fix It

Among several rising cybersecurity concerns, an insufficient talent pool is one of the most glaring. By 2021, there are expected to be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, according to Cyber Security Ventures. With hackers becoming increasingly organized and using advanced methods, having trained professionals to counter those attacks is key. We took a look at why the cybersecurity talent gap is growing and how we can all help close it.   What’s causing the cybersecurity talent gap?   Lack of awareness Careers in cybersecurity are often more abstract than in other job fields. Whereas other careers have clear-cut requirements and well-defined job duties, cybersecurity has long welcomed workers of various…

Cybersecurity and Personal Devices: Is BYOD Worth The Risk?

Using personal devices for work is the norm these days. Chances are, the majority of your employees have their email synced to their phones. On weekends, they use their personal laptops to check a few items off the work to-do list. While waiting in line for coffee, they respond to work emails. In many ways, this is a positive development for businesses. Research shows that employees who use personal devices for work put in more hours overall. They send more emails per day — 20 more than those who don’t use personal devices for work — and check email before even heading into the office for the day. Plus, they’re more…

Recent Breaches Raise Concern About Healthcare Cybersecurity

Hardly a week passes by these days without news of another breach in the healthcare industry. Companies in this sector have been hit especially hard with “mega-breaches,” incidents that expose thousands to millions of records in one attack. This news highlights the clear vulnerabilities in this sector and the desperate need for healthcare providers to better protect their patients’ data.   Recent Healthcare Cybersecurity News In recent weeks, two major breaches have come to light that exposed names, social security numbers and more crucial information. Rush System for Health notified 45,000 patients last week that their data may have been compromised in an attack discovered on January 22nd, according to…

Seven Uncomfortable Truths About The State of Cybersecurity

Sophos released their state of cybersecurity study and the findings are clear – companies are not equipped to handle cybersecurity threats. The study, published last week, surveyed over 3,000 IT managers at companies around the world about their cybersecurity experiences, concerns and future plans. From their responses, the study’s authors identified seven key facts about cybersecurity, all of which point to the need for companies to focus more heavily on the issue. Here are the crucial takeaways companies need to understand about digital security moving forward:   Cyberattacks are now the norm, not the exception. Of all organizations surveyed, 68 percent reported being victims of a cyberattack last year, with…