Kansas City Managed Services Company Clears the Clouds: A Start to Finish Guide to Selecting Cloud Computing Services

The cloud is everywhere. Whether you work in a small business or a large enterprise, chances are your company already has or will soon adopt a cloud computing system. As a team leader, it is important to consider the qualifications and needs of cloud computing before implementation. MDL Technology shares a guide to help understand and choose a cloud system.   Know Your Stuff It is a common misconception that there is one almighty cloud lingering above our heads at all times. While the cloud never disappears, it is divided. There is a wide variety of different types of cloud systems which serve different functions for a plethora of needs.…

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MDL Technology Identifies Three Challenges to Big Data Security

In the digital world, business owners have no choice, but to keep up with technological advancements and to analyze major trends in their industry. With increasing incidents of data breaches, cyber attacks and compromised private information, it becomes all the more essential to take extra precaution to protect data sets. However, in order to protect the integrity of big data, business owners must first understand and identify their system’s points of weakness.     Human Error In short, data breaches occur when an outside source finds a hole, or vulnerability, within a company’s tech infrastructure. Oftentimes, the vulnerability comes from a human error due to misinformation or not enough IT…

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Kansas City-Based IT Company Explores Why the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Has Yet to Endure a Major Cybersecurity Breach

  The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have had their fair share of problems leading up to and during the games including unsold tickets, green swimming pools, the Zika virus and more. However, one daunting issue they have successfully prevented is a major cybersecurity breach.   According to Business Insider, a report from August 2, 2016, showed that the volume of malicious and phishing artifacts in Brazil is on the rise. Moreover, the country saw an 83 percent increase in malicious URLs, compared to a mere 16 percent worldwide, and Brazil has been attacked by phishing attempts more than any other country, with the main targets being…

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Disaster Recovery 101

Studies from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council show that an overwhelming majority of companies would fail in the event of a data disaster. The reason for this is simply misunderstanding and misinformation. Check out these easy-to-understand pointers on disaster recovery basics to help improve your company’s disaster recovery plan. Disaster Recovery Plan A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a plan set up to manage and retain as many assets as possible in the event, and in the aftermath, of a cyber event that threatens or destroys all or part of a company’s digital resources. According to Computer Weekly, elements that will determine how to create your DRP include people, physical…

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Kansas City Technology Firm Explains White House Cyber Directive

The White House has released a detailed Presidential Policy Directive on what qualifies a “significant” breach and what officials should be doing to help mitigate damage. For the first time, there is a categorical system defined by White House and government officials for victims of cyber-attacks.   The rise in cyber-crimes has remained a critical threat to the health of some the world’s largest and most impactful companies, as well posing a fatal threat to thousands of SMBs. In an effort to create a unified response for crimes against companies both large and small, the White House has adopted a comprehensive framework used to determine the severity and urgency of…

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The Real Cost of a Data Breach

When planning the annual security budget for your office, many expenses make the list such as security cameras, FOB key entry and a new alarm system, but what about a different type of security threat? We’re talking about your business’s cyber security. Cyber security, like traditional security, is a necessary precaution to take in order to best protect your company, assets, information and staff. If there is no real form of protection or prevention, the costs of a data breach can be insurmountable.   Ponemon Institute recently partnered with IBM and released a study on the true costs of data breaches in the United States. Here are some of the…

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Data Breach Threats for SMB

Whether you run a staff of five or 500, a data breach is never in the budget. However, for small and medium-sized businesses, a single data breach and the way it is handled can make or break the company. Check out our tips for SMBs on how to avoid, handle and mitigate a breach.     The State of SMBs and Cyber Security According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute, 50 percent of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed reported a data breach in the last year. In the same survey, just 14 percent of respondents felt confident in their company’s cyber security.   Handling a Breach SMBs and startups…

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Ransomware 101

According the the FBI, incidents of ransomware have been on the rise since 2015, and it seems that virtually all sizes and types of businesses are susceptible to this type of cybersecurity threat. Despite this incredibly large looming danger to the integrity and privacy of not just an individual, but a company’s data, 43 percent of users still don’t know what exactly ransomware is. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on business and ransomware, so you can protect your company’s data. https://pixabay.com/en/office-two-people-business-team-1209640/ What is Ransomware? Simply put, ransomware works like a digital version of a real-life ransom situation. A cybercriminal either takes or infects a computer through software and…

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Why Planning for a Disaster Can Save Your Business

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are unpleasant but necessary precautions to protect your company in the event of a disaster. And in today’s world, disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Whether your company is big or small, you should make a disaster recovery plan today. https://pixabay.com/en/error-www-keyboard-tap-type-in-102074/ Types of Threats In a digital context, the term “disaster” refers to virtually any threat to the integrity or privacy of a company’s data. The term encompasses a multitude of digital threats (hackers, spyware, viruses, etc.), as well as human error, system breakdown, environmental factors such as a building fire or water leakage, and much more. These threats can last an hour…

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State of Cybersecurity Summer 2016

The technological world is changing and transforming every single day. With constant software updates, new innovations and platforms and advanced systems, there are infinite ways for hackers to infect, threaten or break into your company data. This summer, keep a watchful eye out for the following cybersecurity threats. https://pixabay.com/static/uploads/photo/2015/05/15/14/38/computer-768608_960_720.jpg Ransomware Ransomware has been identified by the FBI as one of the biggest threats for businesses and individuals in 2016. Unique from traditional cyber hacks or viruses, ransomware is the term given when a hacker accesses professional or personal information and demands a ransom (money, gift cards, bitcoin or goods) in order to keep corporate data private. An easy way to…

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