Five Benefits of Virtual Desktops

There’s no argument that computers are essential to a company’s success, but they also come with a myriad of challenges. They can be expensive, difficult to maintain and pose a security risk to the company.   Yet technology is presenting another innovation that could help solve these problems and more: virtual desktops. Virtual desktops are computers that you access and operate over the Internet rather than via a specific physical machine. “It takes everything you get when you buy a normal computer — the hardware, the operating system, the processing power — and makes it all accessible to you via the cloud, from anywhere, on almost any device,” describes IT support…

How Network Monitoring Can Benefit Your Company

Power outages, hardware failure, natural disasters and other incidents can occur when you least expect them. And more importantly, when you aren’t prepared for them. This can cause your network performance to crash down to nothing in an instant. Because these events are incredibly unpredictable, it is essential to implement a network monitoring solution to keep ahead of the curve in case of emergency.   What Is Network Monitoring? Network performance monitoring (NPM) solutions are constructed to analyze the network in real time, revealing valuable information regarding your network’s operation. Worried about losing data? Network monitoring plans take your worries away. NPMs constantly check your network for performance issues so…

Climate Change, Natural Disasters Drive Decisions to Move to the Cloud

The mounting issue of climate change around the world has become increasingly concerning. The benefits the cloud offers this industry involving data storage are more notable — and relevant — than ever. On-premise data centers are at risk with an increasing number of natural disaster threats due to climate change. Yet only 10 percent of enterprises have discontinued their on-premise data centers, leaving 90 percent of companies in harm’s way.   Moving all data storage to the cloud eliminates the risk of data being destroyed by an unpredictable natural disaster. By 2025, 80 percent of businesses will favor the transition of moving data to the cloud instead of storing it…

Government Asks for Action with a Reintroduced Cybersecurity Bill

Cybersecurity is a nationwide issue we all have to consider. Every time we log on, sign in, search or do anything online, our online security could be at risk of a cyberattack. Recently, the Senate took a step in the right direction to protect our nation from ongoing cyber attacks.   Sens. Mark Warner (D-Va.) and Corey Gardner (R-Colo.) reintroduced a bill this month that could mean important forward movement for cybersecurity in our government and our nation as a whole. Under the proposed State Cyber Resiliency Act, state and local governments would be able to work together to create plans to improve their cybersecurity defenses, as StateScoop reports. This…

Patch Management Helps Companies Avoid Cyber Attacks

In cybersecurity, patch management is frequently discussed as an essential tool to protect companies. Various tech firms, MDL included, recommend that businesses find experts in patch management to ensure that all company software is up-to-date and safe to use. Here’s a breakdown of what patch management is and why it’s important for your company’s cybersecurity.   What are patches? Patches are pieces of code that fix issues in software that has already been released and installed. When users update their software, they’re essentially “patching” it up with coding that fixes any problems that exist. These patches can fix anything from minor bugs to large vulnerabilities. Because software is increasingly complex,…

Talent Wanted: Why the Cybersecurity Talent Gap Exists and How To Fix It

Among several rising cybersecurity concerns, an insufficient talent pool is one of the most glaring. By 2021, there are expected to be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs, according to Cyber Security Ventures. With hackers becoming increasingly organized and using advanced methods, having trained professionals to counter those attacks is key. We took a look at why the cybersecurity talent gap is growing and how we can all help close it.   What’s causing the cybersecurity talent gap?   Lack of awareness Careers in cybersecurity are often more abstract than in other job fields. Whereas other careers have clear-cut requirements and well-defined job duties, cybersecurity has long welcomed workers of various…

How The Government Shutdown Affects Cybersecurity

It’s hard to get away from the news of the government shutdown currently taking place. According to Hashed Out by SSL Store, agencies like Homeland Security, the Transportation Department and the Justice Department are all closed, and about 80,000 workers are currently not working or are working without pay to perform duties like traffic control. Immediate Effects During a government shutdown, there are certain employees who are deemed essential and are exempt from the shutdown, according to Axios. Since Homeland Security is shut down, this means the newly created Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency is stripped down to only those employees who have been deemed essential, and all other employees…

Master CRM With These Techniques

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) systems offer a host of possibilities for sales, marketing, customer service and more, but unless you know how to use your system, you could be left with no return on investment (ROI). In order to drive results and growth from implementing a CRM system, you first have to start with a firm understanding of what you will get out of the system. Unfortunately, most companies think of CRM as an end-all, meaning they expect to put the system in place and sit back and watch the magic happen. This is not the case. A CRM system is meant to help a company make meaningful connections with…

High Expectations For Cybersecurity in Accounting Firms

Accounting firms face mounting pressures this year and next to protect their data with more vigor than before. The increased need for more protection is due to the sheer number of records that are exposed every year and a recognition that something needs to be done to stop it. This kind of problem will not go away on its own. For accounting firms, it is not only your clients that you have to answer to when it comes to a breach but the SEC, too. According to Bloomberg Tax, the Securities and Exchange Commision (SEC) will be looking for disclosure updates this year, which means that companies that experienced a…

2018 Cyber security Review

2018 has been a year in which we have had some good news, like increased awareness of cyber risks and a decrease in overall breaches. However, this also comes with bad news as more breaches fall into the mega-breach category and more scams become personalized for each company. Some of the sectors that saw the most — and largest — breaches were healthcare providers and financial institutions. These breaches cost companies hundreds of thousands to millions of dollars to recover from. Here’s a look back at the biggest takeaways from 2018. Mega-breaches The number of breaches overall has gone down, which would seem like a win. However, more breaches are…