Seven Uncomfortable Truths About The State of Cybersecurity

Sophos released their state of cybersecurity study and the findings are clear – companies are not equipped to handle cybersecurity threats. The study, published last week, surveyed over 3,000 IT managers at companies around the world about their cybersecurity experiences, concerns and future plans. From their responses, the study’s authors identified seven key facts about cybersecurity, all of which point to the need for companies to focus more heavily on the issue. Here are the crucial takeaways companies need to understand about digital security moving forward:   Cyberattacks are now the norm, not the exception. Of all organizations surveyed, 68 percent reported being victims of a cyberattack last year, with…

Video Interview: William Simmons, MDL Director Of Business Development, Explains LightEdge Data Center Benefits

Now more than ever, companies need a solution to their data storage needs. As an organization grows, so does its data storage needs, though not always its budget. According to William Simmons, director of business development at MDL Technology, “We’re seeing somewhere between 25 percent and 35 percent increase in the amount of data a company needs to store, replicate and protect.”   Additionally, Entrepreneur reports that several trends are contributing to the need for additional cloud storage:   Government regulations that require data back-up of certain information. Legal reasons that make it necessary to archive emails that date back as far as five years and older. An increase in…

Why Network Performance Monitoring Helps Businesses Run More Efficiently

The market of network performance monitoring and diagnostics (NPMD) has seen extraordinary growth since 2017. The use of network monitoring is the modern way to manage the efficiency of a company’s network. With this technology, organizations can extract valuable data from their network and utilize it for business insight. According to a Gartner report, the NPMD market was valued at $2.1 billion with a compound annual growth rate of 15.9 percent. Needless to say, the potential business opportunities that come with using network monitoring are vastly rewarding.   Data Management The information sitting within corporate network systems can hold untouched, valuable data for the company. With network monitoring, organizations are…

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…

Why Your Business Needs 24/7 Network Monitoring

  Network monitoring is crucial for every business, no matter the industry. In fact, 24/7 network monitoring ensures your computer network is always up and running by checking for slow or failing systems. If any issues arise, the system will alert the network administrator. This constant monitoring can help save money, time and potentially catastrophic data loss. Here are some of the reasons why every business needs 24/7 network monitoring: Security One of the main benefits of 24/7 network monitoring is ensuring that your files and data are secure. Any issues in the network will be detected beforehand. Network monitoring is perhaps the most proactive way to deal with problems…

Free and Open Source Software Month is a Reminder of the Need for Cybersecurity

  February is Free and Open Source Software month (FOSS). If you’ve ever used Mozilla Firefox web browser, Thunderbird email, PHP scripting, or Apache web server, then you’ve used open source programs. Open source software (OSS) is distributed with its source code available for modification by anyone, turning software development into a collaborative process. Open source has become a bit of a buzzword in recent years, with opinions falling strongly in both the pro and con categories. Supporters tout OSS as an innovative concept that essentially crowd-sources software development for rapid evolution, bug identification and repair, readily available community support, and complete customization. Another boon, of course, is that it’s…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need A Disaster Recovery Plan

  Unlike other businesses, downtime can be deadly for hospitals and clinics. Whether downtime is caused by a malware attack, natural disaster or an unexpected power outage, the consequences can be serious. Downtime for a healthcare organization means that doctors and staff cannot access or share critical data stored digitally or use certain medical equipment.   It’s imperative healthcare providers devise and implement disaster recovery and contingency planning to prevent, or at least minimize, downtime, according to CIO. A disaster recovery plan should include things like keeping machines and surgical instruments operating and maintaining the network infrastructure so staff can access and share patient data.   An important element of…

Municipal Organizations Need Cybersecurity

  Municipal entities are responsible for storing personal records of citizens. Birth certificates, mortgage documents, medical records and Social Security numbers are just some of the sensitive data they collect and store. Citizens rely on municipal organizations to keep their data private and protected, which cannot be accomplished without a proper cybersecurity program.   According to CIO, the vast majority of public agencies lack a clear cybersecurity plan. This is troubling when you think about the amount of personal data hackers could steal. There are several factors that cause a lack of sufficient cybersecurity programs in municipal organizations. Here are a few:   Lack of training. Employees of municipal organizations…

Cybersecurity Tips for Healthcare Organizations

  When you go to a doctor or medical professional, you expect your information to be kept private. That’s because it’s the responsibility of medical organizations to keep your health records confidential. This expectation can be complicated in today’s digital world, especially when healthcare providers face numerous cybersecurity threats from ransomware and other cyber attacks. A recent study found that 72 percent of all healthcare malware attacks in 2016 were ransomware. Healthcare organizations need to have reliable cybersecurity to protect sensitive information. Read on as we detail some savvy cybersecurity tips for healthcare organizations in 2018.   Update cybersecurity procedures and protocols. Employees need to be trained on procedures to…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms in 2018

  It’s hardly a revelation that accountants and accounting firms hold sensitive information about their clients. From social security numbers to addresses, hackers are constantly seeking to obtain sensitive data, a task that can be alarmingly easy if firms don’t have proper cybersecurity measures in place. That’s why accountants need to be motivated now more than ever vigilant about protecting their client data. In fact, a recent study showed that in the last year 500 million financial records have been stolen in data breaches and other hacks.   Small accounting firms may think they can be protected by the veil of obscurity, but hackers  often aim for small firms precisely…