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…

Cybersecurity Tips for Accounting Firms

Accounting firms are ethically and legally obligated to keep their clients’ information and data protected. Due to a recent increase in cyber attacks, accounting firms need to be prepared to defend their valuable information against sophisticated breaches. According to Accounting Today, there are many preventative measures that can be taken by accounting firms, but three actions in particular help create a sufficient plan against major cyber attacks. Beyond implementing data protection software, knowing how to use the software properly is necessary to ensure utmost protection.   Educate Employees The first step to any problem is acknowledging the situation. It is important for large accounting firms that employ thousands of employees…

MDL Technology Takes a Look at the Importance of Network Monitoring

Network monitoring might sound like the easiest and most simplistic part of an IT managed service. While it doesn’t take much to monitor your network and ensure everything is working properly, it’s surprising how many companies overlook this essential component. The idea behind network monitoring is simple: keep a constant eye on your network to catch failing components or components that are running slow before they become a problem. A good monitoring system lets your administrator know of any issues with the network so that they can be addressed before they get out of hand. A business without constant network monitoring  runs the risk of losing a good deal of…

MDL Technology Examines ESPN’s Week 1 Fantasy Football Flop

The worldwide leader of sports, ESPN, suffered a worldwide fumble on week 1 of the NFL season. The lauded fantasy football app crashed at one of the most inopportune times possible. The blunder shows that if you are not prepared for the absolute worst, the absolute worst will happen. Geekwire estimates that over 74 million people play fantasy football, with the first week of hope being the biggest fantasy weekend by far.   ESPN has acknowledged the issues and has since blamed a backend data access issue. A simple misguided network monitoring problem put the app down for over four hours. Which is roughly the equivalent of one full game…

Kansas City-Based IT Company Examines How Delta Could Have Avoided Thousands of Cancelled Flights

During the dates of Aug. 8 – 10, 2016, customers who flew with Delta airlines experienced thousands of great delays or cancelled flights. As a direct result, the unfortunate event cost the airline financially and their public image was hurt. Could this all been prevented if they were up to date on their network monitoring?   According to Information Management, it very well could have been prevented. Their IT system was simply outdated for today’s times. Information Management also explained that Delta is not the first to suffer from this issue, “Just a month ago, Southwest Airlines dealt with a similar scenario in which a broken router caused another 2,300…