The Threat of WannaCry Ransomware Still Continues Today

  Most people involved in the technology industry remember the destruction WannaCry ransomware brought to companies worldwide May 2017. Many major companies were hit, such as Telefonica, FedEx and Renault. With staff locked out of their files, the National Health Service in the U.K. was shut down, turning patients away.  This attack could have been a lot worse without Marcus Hutchins and Jamie Hankins, who worked around the clock. Hutchins found the answer he was looking for in the malware code; he registered the domain and made a kill switch.  Thankfully, it stood up to attacks and stopped the ransomware in two days.  While the world has not yet experienced…

How Much is Downtime Costing Your Company? The Number May Shock You.

  Though the exact number varies depending upon an organization’s operation, new reports found the average cost of system downtime to be over $8,000 per minute.  System downtime results in lost productivity, opportunities and reputations. When the system is down, it greatly affects the way your employees can conduct business and  create an unfavorable opinion of your operations for clients.  Avoid downtime, data loss, or expensive repair issues with MDL Technology’s 24/7 network monitoring service. Able to detect and report problems before they escalate, our team of experts keep your systems working smoothly through monitoring server traffic and load, hardware integrity and reliability, antivirus protection and more.  Don’t lose money…

Tips to Improve Your Company’s Security

  As technology continues to advance, it is more important now than ever to take all the necessary steps to protect your information — especially when you’re running a business. Making sure your company’s data is secure can help you avoid malware, hacking attempts and improve the overall health of your devices. It’s better to feel protected when dealing with potential financial losses — also relieving you from unnecessary stress in the workplace. Here are a few tips to help your company stay secure.    Provide awareness training Employees’ lack of awareness is often what leads to a security breach. It is vital to educate your employees about any security…

The Challenges of Medical Device Cybersecurity

Health care information technology is ever-changing, and although it may be convenient for clinicians, it can pose risks for patients. Access and identity management continues to be a medical device cybersecurity challenge and priority, because these devices collect and document patient information, such as vital signs.    Security expert Mark Sexton of the consultancy Clearwater notes that many older medical device operating systems can be vulnerable. He predicts that by the end of the year, as many as 70% of medical devices will be running on operating systems that are no longer supported.     New technologies in the medical device industry are becoming available, though. Since these devices are more…

3 Cybersecurity Tips for Summer Travels Every Employer Should Know

Warm weather is here, and so are summer vacations. Of the nearly 100 million Americans who plan to travel in 2019, most planned trips in the summer, according to a AAA travel survey. In fact, 68 percent of families have a summer getaway planned. While vacations are good for employees’ mental states, they’re not always so great for a company’s cybersecurity.    In today’s mobile driven world, many people have work information on their personal devices. We’ve already discussed how this can put companies at risk on a regular basis but on vacation, when employees’ guards are down, that risk increases.    Here are three key tips to pass along…

LightEdge Data Center Partnership Adds Peace of Mind for Clients

  We’re protecting our clients and their valuable data. As William Simmons, our director of sales, explained, we recognize the benefits of outsourcing to LightEdge Solutions for an on-premise data center. Efficiency, security, reliability and constant evolution are some of the key components we prioritize in storing our clients’ data, and this data center lets us concentrate on our clients’ safety and peace of mind more than ever.   The LightEdge data center is key to our backup management service. We assure our clients that their data is secure with our company, because we have a reliable system to execute this trust. We automate the entire process of data backup…

How to Prepare Your Company for a Cyberattack

Cyberattacks can lead to loss of money, customers and sensitive data, plus critical damage to your business’ reputation.  With cyberattacks persistently on the rise, the only thing companies can do is prepare themselves. There are a few crucial first steps your organization can take to protect your business from a potential attack and ensure your cybersecurity.   Evaluate everyday activity. Within the busy operations of a business, there are small elements  that you may not realize could be a threat to your security. Details such as strong passwords, secure network connections and use of malware could be the downfall of a potential data breach. In this vein, make sure your…

Increased Threats of Ransomware Attacks in 2019 – Is your Business Secure?

Ransomware attacks are no less of a threat now than they were in the early days of cyber security. The question is, is your business’ data secure? There’s good and bad news when it comes to ransomware attacks in 2019. The good news: the number of ransomware attacks has been in decline. The bad news? Every other metric related to this threat is on the upward trend — higher ransom payments, more downtime loss and longer recovery time. The attackers have only gotten more strategic. Let’s take a look at six key trends that have been significant so far this year.   Increasing Ransom Payments Compared to previous years, attackers…

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…