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…

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…

Retailers Need Data Security Boost This Holiday Season

Now that data breaching has reached an all-time high, it’s important for retailers to amp up security measures this holiday shopping season. As the holidays draw nearer, retail businesses flourish with high traffic, providing hackers an opportunity to attack. During shopping rushes, businesses focus more on staying operational and running efficiently, leaving data security as more of an afterthought. Breaches pose a real threat to your company’s overall profit and consumer confidence, but what creates these opportunities? Security Intelligence found that the following factors played a big role: Users downloading infected files or visiting malware infested websites. Weak passwords Poor network security Insecure system configurations Unpatched technology All of these…

IBM Finds Data Breaches Cost Companies Millions of Dollars

An IBM study about data breaches found the average total cost of a data breach in 2015 is $3.8 million, representing a 23 percent increase since 2013. As the holiday retail season approaches, now is the time to make sure your business is secure enough to prevent data breaches. Companies like Target, TalkTalk, Ebay and JP Morgan Chase have all been a victim of data breaching, costing them millions of dollars. Data breaches are often caused by hacking and malware attacks. According to InformationWeek, hacking is the most common method of data breach attacks followed by malware, physical attacks, social engineering, misuse and user error. Prevent your company from being…

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…

Mark Dryer Shares Security Tips to Keep Your Data Safe

Mark Dryer Shares Security Tips to Keep Your Data Safe Many businesses will experience a catastrophic data loss this year. Here are some tips and advice from Mark Dryer, CEO of MDL Technology, about how to keep data safe. Keep sensitive data in a central location.  Limiting the number of data storage sources simplifies your security strategy.   Make sure that your data is stored in an encrypted file system.   Emails containing sensitive data should be encrypted.   Implement firewalls and antivirus programs that utilize the most current antivirus/anti spyware/IPS services to eliminate external threats. Implement a patching system so that all operating systems and applications remain current.  …

MDL Technology Updates Raytown Police Department’s Data Security With Cloud Services

MDL Technology Updates Raytown Police Department’s Data Security With Cloud Services Background The Raytown Police Department retained MDL Technology, LLC., a Kansas City IT and managed services company, to virtualize the Raytown Police Department’s network infrastructure, implement offsite back-up storage, cut costs and power consumption and allow sensitive data to be securely housed with cloud services. About The Raytown Police Department The Raytown Police Department serves and protects over 30,000 Raytown residents within a 10.5-mile area under the supervision of Chief Jim Lynch. The department employs 78 full-time employees that range from uniform officers and detectives, all the way down to communications, detention and records staff. The department is located…

How Five Security Ninjas Keep Their Passwords Secure

How Five Security Ninjas Keep Their Passwords Secure (Photo: Ars Technica) Computer users may think using long passwords will keep their data safe, but surprisingly, even those can be cracked by hackers. For businesses, especially those using the same password for every critical account, this can be frightening news. So what can individuals and companies do to protect their passwords and keep their data secure? Ars Technica tackled the question head-on by rounding up five “security ninjas,” elite security experts: Bruce Schneier, renowned cryptographer; Adriel T. Desautels, CEO of Netragard (a firm that gets paid to test companies’ security by hacking them); Jeremiah Grossman, CTO of WhiteHat Security; Jeffrey Goldberg,…