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…

Kansas City Managed Services Firm Details Importance of Enterprise Security Management

As enterprises move towards new technologies to minimize costs and optimize resources, they face increased security risks as cyber-criminals adopt new techniques to target BYOD devices, corporate networks, backend servers and more. As a result, it has become crucial for stakeholders to understand how to balance the security management landscape with enterprise operations. In this week’s blog, we’ll explore the importance of enterprise security management and its ever evolving role.   The average modern workplace is faced with an unprecedented number of malicious threats. Across cyberspace, crime runs rampant, with countless digital identities being stolen every day and company servers being breached all around the world. According to CIO Insight,…

Is Your Work Zone Prepared for a Cyber-Attack?

Data breaches and cyber-attacks have been increasing at an alarming rate both in volume and in size. The targets for these attacks have also evolved and according to Construction Dive, construction companies are increasingly being targeted for their floor plans, security system designs and server locations. Additionally bids, customer lists, contracts, and customers’ and employees’ confidential information, such as billing and payroll is also targeted and subsequently lost through data corruption and cyber ransom. Although you don’t normally hear about construction company security breaches in the headlines, but rather hear about large, high-profile breaches, such as the Target security breach of 2013 which cost Target $148 million and the banking…

Does Your Computer Need a Tune Up?

We’ve all been at that point, may it be on a PC or a Mac computer, when your screen freezes and your mind begins to race if you’ve saved your work or not. This whole situation could easily be avoided if your computer was updated and “tuned up” daily.   When it comes to cleaning out your desk drive, it’s hard to know where to begin. According to PCMag, there are 4 steps that need to be taken when cleaning out your computer.   Condense the amount of fragments on the disk: When uploading files on your computer it becomes stored in the hard drive. When defragmenting the disk, it…

MDL Technology Shares Data Security Tips for National Data Privacy Day

Data security has become a huge concern for businesses across the United States. According to the Identity Theft Resource Center, there have been over 5,000 data breaches between 2005 and 2015. With National Privacy Day approaching on January 28, Kansas City managed services provider, MDL Technology, is sharing some important tips and advice for your business’s data security plan.   According to the Department of Information Technology Services, Data Privacy Day aims to raise privacy and data protection awareness among consumers, organizations and government officials. Data breaches cost companies millions of dollars, on top of negative recognition and loss of customers. According to a report by IBM, the average cost…

MDL Technology Shares the Biggest Cybersecurity Threats for 2016

According to a report in The Statistics Portal, the average cost of cybercrime attacks for companies in the United States in 2015 was 15.42 million. As we move into 2016, it’s important for your company to be ahead of emerging hacker trends in order to keep your company safe from cyber attacks. Derek Manky, the chief security strategist for Fortinet, reveals the top cybersecurity threats that your company should be aware of in 2016, in an article on CNBC. There will be a rise of machine-to-machine attacks, new worms and viruses to avoid, and new ghostware and two-faced malware. Machine-to-machine attacks: With the evolution of the “Internet of Things”, it’s…

As Data Breaches Continue to Rise, MDL Technology Shares How Your Employees Could be Sabotaging Data Security

Studies conducted by IBM and the Ponemon Institute have shown data breaches have increased 23 percent over the past two years, costing companies close to $3.79 million on average this year alone. With data breaches reaching an all-time high, all companies should implement a data security plan to help prevent data breach attacks. When it comes to creating a data security plan, it’s important that employees are on the same page. You need to make sure they understand every part of the process, including prevention and what to do in the event a data breach occurs. Even with the best data security plan, however, there are still data security risks…

MDL Technology Shares Tips and Tricks for Picking the Best CRM Software for Your Company

Customer relationship management (CRM) software is pivotal for your company to succeed. According to businessdictionary.com, “CRM helps in profiling prospects, understanding their needs and in building relationships with them by providing the most suitable products and enhanced customer service.” In order for CRM to help your company grow and succeed, you need to make sure you pick the right software. Here are some tips from Small Business Trends to help you find the right CRM software for your company’s needs. Determine the problem: There are a variety of ways to use CRM, so you need to pinpoint the exact benefit you are looking for before beginning to look at different…

Beware of Malware Threats this Holiday Season

The holiday season is a season of giving, but if your company isn’t careful, you could be giving customers malware instead of holiday cheer. While your company has been preparing for the busiest shopping season, cyber criminals have been heavily preparing as well. The holiday season is a time for them to rack in big profits, too. Don’t let hackers spread holiday malware in your company this season by spreading awareness of the following holiday malware schemes to your employees provided by CSO Online. Business email compromise: Cyber criminals will create spoof emails in a bid to execute unauthorized wire transfers. In an FBI report, it was found that thieves…

Retailers Need Data Security Boost This Holiday Season

Now that data breaching has reached an all-time high, it’s important for retailers to amp up security measures this holiday shopping season. As the holidays draw nearer, retail businesses flourish with high traffic, providing hackers an opportunity to attack. During shopping rushes, businesses focus more on staying operational and running efficiently, leaving data security as more of an afterthought. Breaches pose a real threat to your company’s overall profit and consumer confidence, but what creates these opportunities? Security Intelligence found that the following factors played a big role: Users downloading infected files or visiting malware infested websites. Weak passwords Poor network security Insecure system configurations Unpatched technology All of these…