Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews 2018 Cybersecurity Predictions

    As the new year approaches, many predictions have been made regarding the state of cybersecurity in 2018. Some predictions are more obvious than others, such as ongoing digital transformations and ransomware attacks. However, some predictions are a little more extreme, such as a data breach so pervasive that an entire country loses power. Here are a few of the top predictions for the technology sector in 2018.   Machine Learning   While artificial intelligence technology won’t be new for 2018, there will be changes to the current technology. In 2018, machine learning will actually help cybersecurity professionals, not replace them with robots as many fear. According to CSO…

Why Healthcare Organizations Need the Cloud

    Unfortunately, healthcare organizations today have many things to focus on other than patient health. In fact, the infrastructure it takes to support clinical care delivery continues to expand each year. Information technology (IT) is one of the largest contributors to that growth, according to Afia Health. Every healthcare organization should prioritize IT support, as technology becomes more integrated within the industry. Healthcare organizations have many options when it comes to technological changes, but the best option right now is the cloud. Studies show that by the end of the year, 80 percent of organizations will be utilizing the cloud in some way. So why do healthcare organizations need…

Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act: Cybersecurity Compliance Isn’t Good Enough

The Active Cyber Defense Certainty Act (ACDC), a recent piece of legislature that’s receiving its fair share of media coverage and controversy, has created the perfect opportunity to address the importance of cybersecurity.   A common issue with cybersecurity is that the landscape of security risks and threats are always changing. Mere compliance isn’t enough when it comes to implementing cybersecurity measures for your business. In fact, businesses will continue to face cyber threats, some of which will impact organizations severely enough to require security measures that will reach far beyond compliance, according to CSO.   Compliance standards are a good way of ensuring your organization is equipped to handle…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Enterprise Mobility Management for Employees and Businesses

MDL Technology, a Kansas City-based managed services company, sees the competitive value of tapping into Enterprise mobility management (EMM), an evolving and versatile market for companies. It’s no surprise that businesses benefit when their employees have the ability to work while on the go. In fact, enterprise mobility management has become necessary for most organizations today.   Why? EMM is a set of technologies and services focused on securing company data on employees’ mobile devices. While it can manifest itself in various ways, it generally consists of a suite of mobile management systems and services that protect intellectual property; specific processes that ensure the security of data; and systems that…

The Equifax Data Breach is a Reminder to Get Serious About Cybersecurity

October is Cyber Security Awareness Month, and the disastrous effects of the recent Equifax breach are a reminder of the need for cybersecurity changes. The Equifax data breach was another incident of cyber criminals stealing personal data from a large company. The breach leaked personal financial information on 143 million people and is now being investigated by the Federal Trade Commission. “The FTC typically does not comment on ongoing investigations. However, in light of the intense public interest and the potential impact of this matter, I can confirm that FTC staff is investigating the Equifax data breach.” said spokesman Peter Kaplan. Close to 40 states have also joined a probe…

Small Businesses Hurt by Failing to Embrace New Technologies

  Several recent studies have concluded that small businesses are not fully embracing advanced technologies like the cloud, CRM and artificial intelligence, hindering their growth potential. Their failure to keep up with evolving technologies is causing them to miss opportunities to boost sales. These failures are largely due to a widespread belief among small businesses that utilizing these technologies will be cost prohibitive and too complex for them to master.   A Salesforce survey of small business in America with less than 100 employees showed that only 49 percent are using a type of business process automation. Additionally, only 21 percent utilize business analytics or business intelligence software. These numbers…

Companies Across the World are Making Irresponsible Cyber Security Investments

Nearly one-third of companies across the globe are making irresponsible cyber security investments, according to a new security measurement index benchmark survey by Thycotic. The comprehensive study also reported that over half of the 400 respondents in the survey scored an “F” or “D” grade when evaluated on their ability to measure their cyber security efforts and performance against best practices.   The chief security scientist at Thycotic noted that it was astonishing just how many organizations are failing at measuring the effectiveness of their cyber security and hoped that this survey should help show them the error of their ways. Companies and governments all over the world are spending…

The Jump: Large Companies Fear the Switch to the Cloud

For tech companies, “cool tech” is the term used to describe the technologies that really matter. The ones that can really shift the world and disrupt the global marketplace. And there is also the term “undifferentiated IT service”, which are the technologies considered to be the more trivial components. The things that are the same from one company to the next, like email and file servers.   If you are a new startup, you don’t want to spend money on things that aren’t going to gain you momentum in the tech world. Forbes tell us, “if you’re a hot startup, you’re trying to build a culture of “we’re all in…

In The Crosshairs: Cyber-Attackers Target Healthcare Industry

  In recent years, healthcare has become one of the most targeted industries for cyber-attacks. That said, the risk of these attacks isn’t limited to health data and services. According to The Center for Internet Security, “For healthcare, cyber attacks can have ramifications beyond financial loss and breach of privacy.” Human lives are also threatened by these attacks. Hackers can take over any medical device that is hooked up to a network. This includes devices such as heart defibrillators and electric wheelchairs. The threat of these attacks is only increasing as network connected devices become more rooted in the healthcare system. Even with these dangers, technology is not something that…

System Harmony: The Importance of CRM and MAP Compatibility

  The ability to reach all of your business goals is a crucial part of keeping up with today’s global marketplace. The integration of your Customer Relationship Management system (CRM) and your Marketing Automation Platform (MAP) is a necessary step in achieving all of your goals. It’s possible to achieve some with just one or the other, but integrating the two is the most surefire way to achieve them all. Here’s how:   Alignment of Sales and Marketing Teams When organizations align their sales and marketing operations, they benefit from a customer retention rate that’s 36 percent higher. When the technology, sales and marketing teams are aligned, there are improvements…