Kansas City Managed Services Company Details Benefits of Sales CRM

As the holiday shopping season hits its stride this weekend, we decided to refocus on the one thing that nearly every retailer is obsessing over this time of year: sales. Let’s face it, customers of most businesses are connected to social media 24/7. That means that businesses must be able to reach potential customers at all times of day and be able to make sales, regardless of the time or situation. If only there was a tool that could help businesses do exactly that. Well, actually, there is. MDL sales customer relationship management (CRM) provides your team with the tools it needs to streamline your internal processes and do their…

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Kansas City Managed Services Company Details Why The Hybrid Cloud Is The Future of Business

In the purest sense, the hybrid cloud is truly a game changer with undeniable benefits, with many having moved or are considering moving to the platform due to the limitations of operating in either a solely private or public cloud environment.   So what exactly makes it so great?   First, a little background. When cloud-based data centers came into existence, IT administrators saw them as a great way to use computing power as a utility. One could demand as much storage, RAM, CPUs and application instances as one wanted. The cloud would even expand and contract to provide the varying number users with the resources they needed. However, that…

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How Virtual Desktops Infrastructure Makes Businesses More Efficient

What is VDI? According to CDW, at its most basic incarnation, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is the practice of hosting a desktop operating system within a virtual machine (VM) running on a centralized server. The desktop images can then be accessed by different types of devices such as desktop, laptops, thin clients and mobile devices. For a larger group of users, like one would find at any given small to midsize business, it makes sense to create a large number of virtual desktops on a cloud that operators can connect to using a thin client system. How does it all work? In the typical VDI, a special software application called…

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Why Hosted Applications Benefit Businesses

Due to higher speed broadband becoming available, more and more businesses are now turning to hosted applications for their everyday needs. What is a hosted application? We’re glad you asked. By definition, a hosted application is a software as a service (SaaS) solution that allows users to execute and operate a software application entirely from the cloud on a recurring subscription. These applications are typically hosted and powered from the remote cloud infrastructure and are accessed globally through the Internet. They provide the same functionality as locally installed software but can be updated more easily. Instead of installing and using applications such as the Office suite on your own computer,…

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Kansas City Managed Services Firm Reviews Why Internet of Things is Latest Cybersecurity Battleground for Businesses

The internet of things (IoT) has been described as “the infrastructure of the information society.” It’s the internetworking of all ‘connected’ or ‘smart’ electronic devices such as the tablet in your hand, phone in your pocket or the printer in your office, all of these physical devices are embedded with electronics, software, sensors, actuators and network connectivity that enable them to collect and exchange data. Thus, the internet of things. According to Pedro Abreu, chief strategy officer at ForeScout, “The IoT is the new battleground for security.” To Abreu’s point, firms around the world have spent the past two decades using firewalls, antivirus and anti-malware tools to build layers of…

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Kansas City Law Firms Face Growing Threat of Cybersecurity

ALM Intelligence‘s second annual Law Firm Cybersecurity Report found that vulnerabilities in law firms’ data and cyber security present an unprecedented existential threat. As news of massive ‘hack attacks’ and cyber security breaches have often dominated the headlines in recent years, corporate demand for legal expertise in information security, compliance and incident response has grown dramatically. As a consequence, the revenue opportunity for cyber security firms has grown as well. Foreign actors have targeted transactionally oriented firms in an effort to obtain confidential, market-moving information and trade on it. Daniella Isaacson, co-author of the report, assessed the situation and said, “Many firms’ confidence in their own cyberattack preparedness seems misguided.…

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Kansas City Managed Services Company Analyzes Ransomware Attacks

In 2016 alone, ransomware affected over 90 million individuals and businesses at an estimated rate of 400 attacks per minute. Yet 70 percent of these go unnoticed, according to  TechRepublic. Cybercriminals use of ransomware show no signs of slowing down. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. According to Digital Trends, the average rate for a ransom has soared upwards from $294 in 2015 to $679 this year. Studies show that nearly 50 percent of businesses have been hit with some type of ransomware, with 40 percent of those businesses paid the ransom. Studies also…

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Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In its thirteenth year, the program seeks to educate the public and private sector about Cyber Security threats and ways to guard against them with a focus on protecting our digital borders. Attacks in 2016 have hit major companies. From 500 million hacked accounts with Yahoo! to 100’s of Eddie Bauer stores being inflicted with malware. The most common cause of breaches are employees misusing access privileges, according to TripWire. Whether employees do this accidentally or maliciously, training employees on security practices is crucial. Additionally, here are a few tips from Open Forum on how to prevent…

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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…

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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…

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