City Governments Paying Big For Cybersecurity Breaches

Cities, municipalities and government bodies alike have all been targets of cyber attacks, usually in the form of ransomware that gets in via poor employee cyber practice. According to Security Boulevard, in the past year, Ontario’s Municipal Offices and the Town of Wasaga Beach in Ontario were attacked, leaving their servers useless. A hit closer to home was the big breach in Atlanta that ended with the city opting to spend funds on incident response instead of paying the ransom. In the end, a breach in the system can end up costing the entity thousands, if not millions, of dollars, which leaves other government agencies with the question: how do…

Tips for Managing BYOD in the Workplace

With the increased use of smartphones and portable devices within the past decade, the traditional setup of a workplace has become obsolete. There is no longer a need for landline phones, and desktop computers are inefficient when it comes to retrieving information on the go. Many companies have implemented Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs. While allowing employees to bring their own devices improves productivity in the workplace, companies risk security problems by vastly expanding their networks.   Plan By implementing a plan for a BYOD program, businesses can predict potential troubleshooting problems and errors within the network by creating a policy to follow. According to Security Solutions, only 20.1…

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,…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Clears the Clouds: A Start to Finish Guide to Selecting Cloud Computing Services

The cloud is everywhere. Whether you work in a small business or a large enterprise, chances are your company already has or will soon adopt a cloud computing system. As a team leader, it is important to consider the qualifications and needs of cloud computing before implementation. MDL Technology shares a guide to help understand and choose a cloud system.   Know Your Stuff It is a common misconception that there is one almighty cloud lingering above our heads at all times. While the cloud never disappears, it is divided. There is a wide variety of different types of cloud systems which serve different functions for a plethora of needs.…

MDL Technology Identifies Three Challenges to Big Data Security

In the digital world, business owners have no choice, but to keep up with technological advancements and to analyze major trends in their industry. With increasing incidents of data breaches, cyber attacks and compromised private information, it becomes all the more essential to take extra precaution to protect data sets. However, in order to protect the integrity of big data, business owners must first understand and identify their system’s points of weakness.     Human Error In short, data breaches occur when an outside source finds a hole, or vulnerability, within a company’s tech infrastructure. Oftentimes, the vulnerability comes from a human error due to misinformation or not enough IT…

Kansas City-Based IT Company Explores Why the 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Has Yet to Endure a Major Cybersecurity Breach

  The 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, have had their fair share of problems leading up to and during the games including unsold tickets, green swimming pools, the Zika virus and more. However, one daunting issue they have successfully prevented is a major cybersecurity breach.   According to Business Insider, a report from August 2, 2016, showed that the volume of malicious and phishing artifacts in Brazil is on the rise. Moreover, the country saw an 83 percent increase in malicious URLs, compared to a mere 16 percent worldwide, and Brazil has been attacked by phishing attempts more than any other country, with the main targets being…

The Real Cost of a Data Breach

When planning the annual security budget for your office, many expenses make the list such as security cameras, FOB key entry and a new alarm system, but what about a different type of security threat? We’re talking about your business’s cyber security. Cyber security, like traditional security, is a necessary precaution to take in order to best protect your company, assets, information and staff. If there is no real form of protection or prevention, the costs of a data breach can be insurmountable.   Ponemon Institute recently partnered with IBM and released a study on the true costs of data breaches in the United States. Here are some of the…

Data Breach Threats for SMB

Whether you run a staff of five or 500, a data breach is never in the budget. However, for small and medium-sized businesses, a single data breach and the way it is handled can make or break the company. Check out our tips for SMBs on how to avoid, handle and mitigate a breach.     The State of SMBs and Cyber Security According to a survey by the Ponemon Institute, 50 percent of small and medium-sized businesses surveyed reported a data breach in the last year. In the same survey, just 14 percent of respondents felt confident in their company’s cyber security.   Handling a Breach SMBs and startups…

Ransomware 101

According the the FBI, incidents of ransomware have been on the rise since 2015, and it seems that virtually all sizes and types of businesses are susceptible to this type of cybersecurity threat. Despite this incredibly large looming danger to the integrity and privacy of not just an individual, but a company’s data, 43 percent of users still don’t know what exactly ransomware is. Take a few minutes to educate yourself on business and ransomware, so you can protect your company’s data. https://pixabay.com/en/office-two-people-business-team-1209640/ What is Ransomware? Simply put, ransomware works like a digital version of a real-life ransom situation. A cybercriminal either takes or infects a computer through software and…