Increasing Security During Cloud Migration

The cloud provides ease of access for a mobile enterprise, which is slowly becoming the way of the workforce. By storing data in the cloud, anyone who needs access to that information can do so from different devices, even from outside of the office. In the early days of the cloud, this was seen as a faulty way to store your data because of the accessibility to not only your own employees but also to hackers. Since then, there has been a growth in trust for private, public and hybrid clouds as everyone becomes aware of the role they play in fighting off breaches. Cloud Migration Transferring data to the…

Why Business Size Doesn’t Matter When It Comes to Cyber Attacks

Large organizations used to be the main targets hackers due to the massive volumes of sensitive financial and customer data they possessed. As cyber attacks become more advanced, attackers are starting to feed into the valuable data that’s held by smaller businesses. A recent Cyber Security Breaches Survey, conducted by the U.S. Department for Culture Media & Sport, reported that 45 percent of micro/small companies have experienced a breach in their system and 66 percent of medium/large businesses have suffered attacks as well. This information warns small business leaders to be prepared against a breach and to protect their customer’s data. Public awareness of cyber attacks has helped the battle…

In The Crosshairs: Cyber-Attackers Target Healthcare Industry

  In recent years, healthcare has become one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks. That said, the risk of these attacks isn’t limited to health data and services. According to The Center for Internet Security, “For healthcare, cyber attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy.” Human lives are also threatened by these attacks. Hackers can take over any medical device that is hooked up to a network. This includes devices such as heart defibrillators and electric wheelchairs. The threat of these attacks is only increasing as network connected devices become more rooted in the healthcare system. Even with these dangers, technology is not something that…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Analyzes Ransomware Attacks

In 2016 alone, ransomware affected over 90 million individuals and businesses at an estimated rate of 400 attacks per minute. Yet 70 percent of these go unnoticed, according to  TechRepublic. Cybercriminals use of ransomware show no signs of slowing down. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. According to Digital Trends, the average rate for a ransom has soared upwards from $294 in 2015 to $679 this year. Studies show that nearly 50 percent of businesses have been hit with some type of ransomware, with 40 percent of those businesses paid the ransom. Studies also…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In its thirteenth year, the program seeks to educate the public and private sector about Cyber Security threats and ways to guard against them with a focus on protecting our digital borders. Attacks in 2016 have hit major companies. From 500 million hacked accounts with Yahoo! to 100’s of Eddie Bauer stores being inflicted with malware. The most common cause of breaches are employees misusing access privileges, according to TripWire. Whether employees do this accidentally or maliciously, training employees on security practices is crucial. Additionally, here are a few tips from Open Forum on how to prevent…

Disaster Recovery 101

Studies from the Disaster Recovery Preparedness Council show that an overwhelming majority of companies would fail in the event of a data disaster. The reason for this is simply misunderstanding and misinformation. Check out these easy-to-understand pointers on disaster recovery basics to help improve your company’s disaster recovery plan. Disaster Recovery Plan A disaster recovery plan (DRP) is a plan set up to manage and retain as many assets as possible in the event, and in the aftermath, of a cyber event that threatens or destroys all or part of a company’s digital resources. According to Computer Weekly, elements that will determine how to create your DRP include people, physical…

Kansas City Technology Firm Explains White House Cyber Directive

The White House has released a detailed Presidential Policy Directive on what qualifies a “significant” breach and what officials should be doing to help mitigate damage. For the first time, there is a categorical system defined by White House and government officials for victims of cyber-attacks.   The rise in cyber-crimes has remained a critical threat to the health of some the world’s largest and most impactful companies, as well posing a fatal threat to thousands of SMBs. In an effort to create a unified response for crimes against companies both large and small, the White House has adopted a comprehensive framework used to determine the severity and urgency of…

What to Do if Your Law Firm has Been Hacked

Just a couple months ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that hackers broke into several prestigious law firms, including Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP and Weil Gotshal & Manges LLP. Law firms’ computer systems hold a wealth of information of special interest to hackers, such as trade secrets, information about clients—especially large, corporate clients—and other sensitive information. These breaches in security are usually characterized by large amounts of information being stolen at once and then analyzed later. Fortunately, if you’ve discovered your law firm has been attacked, recovery is possible.   Even if your law firm hasn’t been hacked yet, chances are it will be. That’s why it’s important to…

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…

Homeland Security Designates October National Cyber Security Awareness Month

According to a new study by the Ponemon Institute, the annual cost of cyber crimes to companies has jumped by 19 percent. Currently, the average cost to companies worldwide has exceeded $7.7 million. Hackers are costing businesses not only money, but jobs as well. With an increase of attacks to companies, October has been designated National Cyber Security Awareness Month by Homeland Security to raise awareness about cyber security and provide education about the risks involved.   As a business your company’s information and privacy is at risk every time you are on the Internet, so follow these simple tips from the Department of Homeland Security to keep your company…