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…

Four Banking and Financial Data Security Tips

Banks have always been a target for crime. With that much money and personal data financial institutions hold, thieves and other criminals are always searching for ways to break past security. In the digital world where cash is not the currency but numbers on a screen, hackers have become the new bank robbers. Hackers are looking for weak spots in your virtual security and, unfortunately for most institutions, there are a lot of them. Here are some basic data security tips to keep consumers’ data and dollars safeguarded. Prevent Internal Breaches Sadly, internal breaches are a common data security risk. Employees need to undergo thorough background checks and perform regular…

IoT Data Security Tips for HVAC Companies

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an incredible evolution in tech that many HVAC companies are seeing great value in. However, IoT data security is a huge concern in the relatively new technology. For example, the Target data breach was caused due to faulty security with their HVAC vendor. Here are some tips to ensure your IoT data security is ready to handle any threat your HVAC company comes across. Start with Security Often it is too little too late for some HVAC companies once they realize there are security issues with their IoT tech, but if you are just starting out it is good to put security at the forefront…

The Need for Data Security Modernization after IRS Data Breach

On May 26 2015, the IRS announced that 104,000 Americans’ personal tax information had been hacked out of the IRS website. These Americans had their personal information leaked elsewhere online which hackers gathered. Using the personal information and the IRS’s online tool that allows taxpayers to download past tax returns, the hackers were able to grab financial identity information from these persons. This IRS data breach is another in a long line of government-related security breaches and hacks that we have seen the past year. While the online tool to grab past tax returns has been taken down, according to Huffington Post, public trust in the IRS is at an…

6 Ways to Improve Small Business Data Security

Norton recently performed a survey asking small businesses about cybersecurity threats. Less than one third of businesses understand what is required to protect their business from cybercriminals. This is not restricted to small businesses as a rash of attacks have occurred with large corporations in the past year, spreading customer data to hackers. To help counteract this, MDL Technology wants to go over ways to improve your small business data security. Create a Data Security Plan and Policy Before you can get serious about data security, you need to have an action plan and use policy in place. There are a lot of things to cover in this plan, but…

Windows Server 2003 Support Ends in July…Are You Prepared?

Effective July 14, 2015, Microsoft will be ending all support for Windows Server 2003. This means more than not being able to call a help line. Ending support means a lack of data security, making all of your data on a Windows 2003 server vulnerable to hackers. Without support, you will no longer receive security patches to ensure your system is protected. According to a video from Microsoft, there were 37 critical patches in 2013 alone and each year it has increased exponentially. After July 14, hackers will begin targeting Windows 2003 servers because they know the data will be more vulnerable without these patches. Additionally, if companies choose to…

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.  …

Keeping Data Out Of Hackers’ Hands

Keeping Data Out Of Hackers’ Hands Photo credit: Johan Larsson / Foter/ Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) Recently, Russian hackers made off with 1.2 billion username/password combinations and over 500 million email addresses, in what the New York Times says is “the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials.” Here are a few simple but effective steps Forbes has shared that should be taken to protect yourself from hackers. -Wi-Fi hotspots should be used with caution. The free Wi-Fi in your hotel lobby or the downtown coffee shop is never going to be secure, even if you have to ask for the password. Being free to the…