Why Healthcare Organizations Need Strong Cybersecurity

Hospitals and medical practices house a goldmine of valuable patient information for hackers. Personal information such as birthdays, credit card information and medical history are entered into a database after visiting the doctor’s office. For this reason, medical practices are one of the largest targets for data breaches and should uphold strong cybersecurity measures.   Education Cybersecurity starts with the people who use the network most frequently: the employees. If employees are uneducated or not properly trained on cybersecurity procedures in the medical practices, mistakes will be made. For instance, the Utah-based company HealthEquity reported that 23,000 accounts were compromised in a data breach earlier this year. According to SC…

How to Secure Your Hybrid Cloud Solution

The rise of mobile technology and the remote workforce, combined with the need for operational agility, has driven cloud adoption throughout every business sector in recent years. In fact, 81 percent of enterprise-level businesses now operate multi-cloud strategies, according to Right Scale’s State of the Cloud Report. Read on as we detail best practices for securing a hybrid cloud deployment.   As one may expect, moving large amounts of sensitive business data to the cloud can come with some complications. Organizations often find themselves scrambling to acquire and train talent to manage the system, build necessary infrastructures and meet stringent compliance requirements. While these are each valid concerns, implementing proper…

Why Cyber Attacks Should Be Treated Like Natural Disasters

Companies often prepare their employees for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather events or fires with outlined procedures and training in order to minimize damage and ensure safety. When it comes to cybersecurity, businesses often overlook the potential for serious harm to occur from a data breach. This ultimately leaves employees uninformed and unprepared for a cyber disaster to occur.   Recent Reports According to World Economic Forum, each year the Global Risks Report works with experts and decision-makers across the world to identify and analyze the most pressing risks that we face. The report for 2018 shows a strong indication that the threat of cyber attacks will cause just…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms

Accounting firms are ethically and legally obligated to keep their clients’ information and data protected. Due to a recent increase in cyber attacks, accounting firms need to be prepared to defend their valuable information against sophisticated breaches. According to Accounting Today, there are many preventative measures that can be taken by accounting firms, but three actions in particular help create a sufficient plan against major cyber attacks. Beyond implementing data protection software, knowing how to use the software properly is necessary to ensure utmost protection.   Educate Employees The first step to any problem is acknowledging the situation. It is important for large accounting firms that employ thousands of employees…

What You Should Know About Hybrid Cloud Computing

Cloud-based data centers have created many opportunities for organizations to store important information with privacy and security. These systems have granted companies the resources necessary to maximize their productivity. As cloud computing has advanced, the hybrid cloud has become a prominent strategy among organizations. According to Tech Target, the hybrid cloud is a cloud computing environment that uses a mix of on-premises, private cloud and third-party public cloud services with orchestration between the two platforms. This form of cloud computing is the future of information management.   How is it Deployed? There are many different ways in which a hybrid cloud system can be implemented. For example, two cloud providers…

How Adapting to New Technology Minimizes Risks for Your Business

As cybersecurity has become a top priority for organizations, it’s essential to adapt to innovative technology in order to prevent a potential cyber attack. Companies that actively pursue innovative ways to defend themselves against cyber criminals and data breaches prove that adapting to the modernization of technology could play a vital role in protecting valuable company information. When it comes to cybersecurity, the only constant is the ability of cyber criminals to innovate faster than companies are able to defend themselves, according to CSO. Confidence Organizations that continuously adapt to new technology are more confident in their cyber security policies. Your being comfortable and knowledgeable about a potential data breach,…

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…

MDL Technology Examines How OPM Could Have Avoided a Giant Data Breach

In a breach that was first publicly announced mid-2015, the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has finally came to a consensus on the root of the issue. With a 241-page analysis of the data breach, they have found that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed fingerprint data and background investigations on millions of Americans.   Data breaches can be a giant deficit to a company. Not only did someone hack into their system, but also losing trust of employees and business partners. Inverse said, “It all could have been prevented very easily.” Cyber security may seem like a small part of your overall operation, but giant…

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…

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…