5 Crucial Steps to a Dependable Data Protection Strategy

We all have nightmare scenarios that haunt our thoughts at night. It may be finding a nest of rabid raccoons in your closet or accidentally showing up to the office without pants. But, for many business owners, it’s logging into your computer only to realize that all your most important data is lost or held hostage.    Unfortunately, data loss is the most realistic nightmare scenario. In fact, the 2021 Thales Data Threat Report found that almost half (45%) of U.S. companies suffered a data breach in the past year.   Whether it’s from malicious attacks, disastrous user error or external circumstances, your data security status can keep you up…

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…

Tips from Ethical Hackers: Easy Habits to Protect You from Cyberattacks

We speak a lot on the topic of malicious hackers. But what about ethical hackers?   Ethical hackers are the white hat vigilantes that dedicate their careers to hacking companies and making the world better because of it.    By allowing ethical hackers to take their best shot at cracking into a business’s data, companies can avoid costly and dangerous attacks in the long run. And while every company is complex and different, ethical hackers run into similar vulnerabilities that are fixable or avoidable when companies have certain cybersecurity habits in place.    Let’s chat through some easy habits proven by ethical hackers to cut down on cybersecurity vulnerabilities.  …

Recent Security Breaches Raise Concern About Healthcare Cybersecurity

Hardly a week passes by these days without news of another security breach in the healthcare industry. And most of them involve cybersecurity threats. Companies in this sector have been hit especially hard with “mega-breaches,” incidents that expose thousands to millions of records in one attack. This news highlights the clear vulnerabilities in this sector and the desperate need for healthcare providers to better protect their patients’ data.   Recent Healthcare Cybersecurity News In recent weeks, two major breaches have come to light that exposed names, social security numbers and more crucial information. Rush System for Health notified 45,000 patients last week that their data may have been compromised in…

United States Law Firms Targeted by Foreign Nation-State Hackers

It’s not only the government that’s at risk for cyber attacks from foreign nation-states — almost anyone with a large amount of valuable data can be a target. In the United States, foreign hackers often target law firms in particular. According to Priscilla Moriuchi, director of strategic threat management at Recorded Future, “[Law firms] are such a great target because they have access to a good deal of non-public information.” Breach Attempts to Date A high-profile example of a law firm breach is DLA Piper, an international law firm that was brought down in a matter of minutes in an overnight breach, according to Bigger Law Firm. Due to an…

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…

How Artificial Intelligence Will Impact Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is sometimes seen as a disaster recovery operation — a situation to be dealt with when it happens. Someone breaks in, and then the company reacts figure out who, what, when, where and how. However, the best way to approach this kind of situation isn’t to sit back and wait for it to happen — it’s to prevent it from occurring in the first place. What if there was a way to know that a breach was about to happen, or if constant monitoring of your system found a hole instead of a hacker finding it? In the near future, this may become a reality thanks to artificial intelligence.…

Increasing Security During Cloud Migration

The cloud provides ease of access for a mobile enterprise, which is slowly becoming the way of the workforce. By storing data in the cloud, anyone who needs access to that information can do so from different devices, even from outside of the office. In the early days of the cloud, this was seen as a faulty way to store your data because of the accessibility to not only your own employees but also to hackers. Since then, there has been a growth in trust for private, public and hybrid clouds as everyone becomes aware of the role they play in fighting off breaches. Cloud Migration Transferring data to the…

City Governments Paying Big For Cybersecurity Breaches

Cities, municipalities and government bodies alike have all been targets of cyber attacks, usually in the form of ransomware that gets in via poor employee cyber practice. According to Security Boulevard, in the past year, Ontario’s Municipal Offices and the Town of Wasaga Beach in Ontario were attacked, leaving their servers useless. A hit closer to home was the big breach in Atlanta that ended with the city opting to spend funds on incident response instead of paying the ransom. In the end, a breach in the system can end up costing the entity thousands, if not millions, of dollars, which leaves other government agencies with the question: how do…