7 Things You Need to Teach Your Employees About Data Security

Your employees are the lifeblood of your company.    From customer service to operations management to marketing, everyone has their specific role in helping your company offer your customers the best goods and services. But everyone needs access to company data to get their job done, which can risk your data security.   Do your employees know what to do when they get an email scam or lose their company phone? Having data security processes clearly defined and easily reviewable will help your team feel confident in their data protection knowledge.    Want to tighten up your data security from the ground up? Here are seven things your team should…

New Cybersecurity Threats to Know About in 2022

From geopolitics to advancing technology, there are several reasons why 2022 is a crucial time to tighten up your cybersecurity plan.    Cyberattacks in 2022 are so much more than obviously suspicious phishing email scams, and your team needs to be privy to all of the threats that may come across their devices.    Here are some of the most prominent cybersecurity threats to know about in 2022.    Cryptojacking It’s hard to walk into a small-talk situation without briefly touching on the state of cryptocurrency. Thanks to the intriguing and lucrative nature of crypto, it’s at the front of everyone’s mind — especially hackers.    With the growing popularity…

Types of Malware and How they Operate in 2022

As one of the most common cyberattack methods, malware, in all of its forms, has caused lasting damage to millions of victims across the globe. One of the best ways to minimize the risk of a malware attack is to recognize it for what it is before you interact with it.    Here are the different forms of malware you can come across in 2022.    Types of Malware   Fileless Malware Fileless malware is a sneaky form of malware that uses legitimate programs and tools to infect a computer. This form of malware is tough to detect because hackers don’t need to install any code in a victim’s system.…

8 Stats About Data Breaches to Know in 2022

The expression “knowledge is power” is usually used to convince a student to study or entice a friend to pay attention to current events. But what if we use it to describe something negative? When someone else gains access to your sensitive data, they have power over you.    That is the very possible outcome of a data breach.   Data breaches can happen to companies of all sizes and industries. From malicious attacks to standard user error, there are several ways your data can fall into the wrong hands. But wouldn’t you rather learn from the misfortune of others over experiencing it yourself?    Luckily, IBM recently came out…

What’s a Disaster Recovery Plan?

When you start your day, you’ll hop onto the computer, check your emails and then get started for your day. You may send a quick IM to one of your team members to confirm a Zoom meeting later this afternoon before getting to work. You open a spreadsheet to evaluate some recent data in order to create a digital presentation for a client next Tuesday. By the end of the workweek, a survey from Acuvue found that the average person will spend 6.5 hours in front of their computers or 1,700 hours per year!  When we have much technology at our fingertips, it can be easy to take it for…

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,…

Is Your Work Zone Prepared for a Cyber-Attack?

Data breaches and cyber-attacks have been increasing at an alarming rate both in volume and in size. The targets for these attacks have also evolved and according to Construction Dive, construction companies are increasingly being targeted for their floor plans, security system designs and server locations. Additionally bids, customer lists, contracts, and customers’ and employees’ confidential information, such as billing and payroll is also targeted and subsequently lost through data corruption and cyber ransom. Although you don’t normally hear about construction company security breaches in the headlines, but rather hear about large, high-profile breaches, such as the Target security breach of 2013 which cost Target $148 million and the banking…

Does Your Computer Need a Tune Up?

We’ve all been at that point, may it be on a PC or a Mac computer, when your screen freezes and your mind begins to race if you’ve saved your work or not. This whole situation could easily be avoided if your computer was updated and “tuned up” daily.   When it comes to cleaning out your desk drive, it’s hard to know where to begin. According to PCMag, there are 4 steps that need to be taken when cleaning out your computer.   Condense the amount of fragments on the disk: When uploading files on your computer it becomes stored in the hard drive. When defragmenting the disk, it…

Insight from Kansas City IT Managed Services Provider MDL Technology: Why You Need a Data Backup and Recovery Service

The IoT continues to evolve with leaders predicting the number of Internet-connected things to exceed 50 billion by the year 2020. As data continues to be generated at an exceeding rate, so does the need for long-term data placement that can keep your information kept and protected. Off-site data backup options keep your data safe and secure in case disaster or disruption occurs in your company. Data backup and recovery solutions have moved from the traditional hardware-dependent solutions to cloud-based ones that offer easier ways to recover data. When evaluating if your company needs a cloud-based off-site data backup solution, it’s important to think through and evaluate your IT goals.…