Why Healthcare Organizations Need A Disaster Recovery Plan

  Unlike other businesses, downtime can be deadly for hospitals and clinics. Whether downtime is caused by a malware attack, natural disaster or an unexpected power outage, the consequences can be serious. Downtime for a healthcare organization means that doctors and staff cannot access or share critical data stored digitally or use certain medical equipment.   It’s imperative healthcare providers devise and implement disaster recovery and contingency planning to prevent, or at least minimize, downtime, according to CIO. A disaster recovery plan should include things like keeping machines and surgical instruments operating and maintaining the network infrastructure so staff can access and share patient data.   An important element of…

Municipal Organizations Need Cybersecurity

  Municipal entities are responsible for storing personal records of citizens. Birth certificates, mortgage documents, medical records and Social Security numbers are just some of the sensitive data they collect and store. Citizens rely on municipal organizations to keep their data private and protected, which cannot be accomplished without a proper cybersecurity program.   According to CIO, the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan. This is troubling when you think about the amount of personal data hackers could steal. There are several factors that cause a lack of sufficient cybersecurity programs in municipal organizations. Here are a few:   Lack of training. Employees of municipal organizations…

Cybersecurity Tips for Healthcare Organizations

  When you go to a doctor or medical professional, you expect your information to be kept private. That’s because it’s the responsibility of medical organizations to keep your health records confidential. This expectation can be complicated in today’s digital world, especially when healthcare providers face numerous cybersecurity threats from ransomware and other cyber attacks. A recent study found that 72 percent of all healthcare malware attacks in 2016 were ransomware. Healthcare organizations need to have reliable cybersecurity to protect sensitive information. Read on as we detail some savvy cybersecurity tips for healthcare organizations in 2018.   Update cybersecurity procedures and protocols. Employees need to be trained on procedures to…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms in 2018

  It’s hardly a revelation that accountants and accounting firms hold sensitive information about their clients. From social security numbers to addresses, hackers are constantly seeking to obtain sensitive data, a task that can be alarmingly easy if firms don’t have proper cybersecurity measures in place. That’s why accountants need to be motivated now more than ever vigilant about protecting their client data. In fact, a recent study showed that in the last year 500 million financial records have been stolen in data breaches and other hacks.   Small accounting firms may think they can be protected by the veil of obscurity, but hackers  often aim for small firms precisely…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions

    As the new year approaches, many predictions have been made regarding the state of cybersecurity in 2018. Some predictions are more obvious than others, such as ongoing digital transformations and ransomware attacks. However, some predictions are a little more extreme, such as a data breach so pervasive that an entire country loses power. Here are a few of the top predictions for the technology sector in 2018.   Machine Learning   While artificial intelligence technology won’t be new for 2018, there will be changes to the current technology. In 2018, machine learning will actually help cybersecurity professionals, not replace them with robots as many fear. According to CSO…

The Future of Technology and Cybersecurity in Retail

As the holiday shopping season kick into high gear, new technologies cybersecurity threats are impacting retail operations for both online and brick-and-mortar stores. With retailers growing increasingly reliant on the internet to complete sales, it’s important to stay up-to-date on the latest developments in cybersecurity. Read on as we detail some of the key changes expected for 2018 and beyond.   Mobile solutions for sales associates. The retail sector’s number one investment will likely be the store associate, specifically focusing on how to transform them into a beacon of knowledge and the primary relationship builder with customers, according to Bill Zujewski, executive vice president of marketing at Tulip Retail, a…

Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act: Cybersecurity Compliance Isn’t Good Enough

The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC), a recent piece of legislature that’s receiving its fair share of media coverage and controversy, has created the perfect opportunity to address the importance of cybersecurity.   A common issue with cybersecurity is that the landscape of security risks and threats are always changing. Mere compliance isn’t enough when it comes to implementing cybersecurity measures for your business. In fact, businesses will continue to face cyber threats, some of which will impact organizations severely enough to require security measures that will reach far beyond compliance, according to CSO.   Compliance standards are a good way of ensuring your organization is equipped to handle…

The Equifax Data Breach is a Reminder to Get Serious About Cybersecurity

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the disastrous effects of the recent Equifax breach are a reminder of the need for cybersecurity changes. The Equifax data breach was another incident of cyber criminals stealing personal data from a large company. The breach leaked personal financial information on 143 million people and is now being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. “The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations. However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach.” said spokesman Peter Kaplan. Close to 40 states have also joined a probe…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Tips to Protect Businesses from Ransomware

Ransomware has become a popular tool for cyber criminals today and after the notorious WannaCry attack, businesses around the globe experienced the impact of not having a cybersecurity protection program. Here are some tips on how to protect your organization from a potentially damaging ransomware attack.   Hire ethical hackers to find the weak spots in your network, before someone unethical does. It has become increasingly common for companies to hire individuals known as “white hat” hackers. These are well-intentioned hackers, who look for vulnerabilities in a network and then show an organization where they need tighter security measures.   Prepare your employees. Employee training is probably the single-most important…

Internet of Things

Vault 7 Leaks Underscore Insecurity of the Internet of Things

The cybersecurity world was rocked this week by the news of another round of released documents from the international non-profit WikiLeaks, an organization notorious for release of sensitive and oftentimes top secret government documents and information. This latest round of leaks, dubbed “Vault 7”, highlighted the continued vulnerability of devices within the Internet of Things (IoT) to acts of hacking and espionage. Read on as we detail what the information from this latest round of leaks means for the future of cybersecurity and the IoT.     The leaked documents in question, known simply as “Vault 7,” are claimed by WikiLeaks to represent internal memos and directives of the Central…