When Disaster Strikes: The Importance of an Off-Site Data Backup Program

Have you ever been working on something, and all of a sudden your screen goes blank? You can’t remember the last time you hit save, and now, you’ve lost your work and have to start over. What if this were to happen on a larger scale in your office? Off-site backup options keep your data safe and secure in case something happens to your mainframe or data collection tools. Online backups can’t be ruined by floods, fires or tornados. Since the backups take place over the internet, if something happens in your office or to your data, you can easily recover files and necessary information from the off-site storage. You…

How Businesses Can Combat Ransomware Attacks in 2017

It has been widely predicted that the rate of ransomware attacks will increase worldwide in 2017. Ransomware is a type of malware used to encrypt all of your computer or smartphone data and is often used against companies, government agencies and even individuals. This dangerous malware derives its name from the hackers who put it on your system, then threaten to destroy your data unless you pay a “ransom” fee. While no one can be completely immune to a ransomware attack, everyone can take steps to become better prepared for one. Read on as we detail the outlook for combatting ransomware in 2017. Ransomware makers, or more simply data thieves,…

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…

Insight from Kansas City IT Managed Services Provider MDL Technology: Why You Need a Data Backup and Recovery Service

The IoT continues to evolve with leaders predicting the number of Internet-connected things to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020. As data continues to be generated at an exceeding rate, so does the need for long-term data placement that can keep your information kept and protected. Off-site data backup options keep your data safe and secure in case disaster or disruption occurs in your company. Data backup and recovery solutions have moved from the traditional hardware-dependent solutions to cloud-based ones that offer easier ways to recover data. When evaluating if your company needs a cloud-based off-site data backup solution, it’s important to think through and evaluate your IT goals.…

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…

MDL Technology Explains Custom Auto Auction CRM Software with Animated Video Explainer

Managing an auto auction can be pretty tough and demanding as it involves keeping track of hundreds of different activities. MDL Technology, LLC, a Kansas City-based managed services provider, has a custom CRM software solution designed for more effective auto auction management. Most auto auctions today are powered by antiquated technology that doesn’t drive sales. While current auto auction management software does a great job of managing the auction process itself, something more is needed to generate value from interactions of participants who didn’t buy anything. Our custom CRM software solution powered through Microsoft Dynamics CRM can help track leads better and sales grow faster. Last year, we helped KCI…

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…