MDL Technology Examines How OPM Could Have Avoided a Giant Data Breach

In a breach that was first publicly announced mid-2015, the U.S. House Oversight & Government Reform Committee has finally came to a consensus on the root of the issue. With a 241-page analysis of the data breach, they have found that the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) exposed fingerprint data and background investigations on millions of Americans.   Data breaches can be a giant deficit to a company. Not only did someone hack into their system, but also losing trust of employees and business partners. Inverse said, “It all could have been prevented very easily.” Cyber security may seem like a small part of your overall operation, but giant…

Kansas City-Based IT Company Examines How Delta Could Have Avoided Thousands of Cancelled Flights

During the dates of Aug. 8 – 10, 2016, customers who flew with Delta airlines experienced thousands of great delays or cancelled flights. As a direct result, the unfortunate event cost the airline financially and their public image was hurt. Could this all been prevented if they were up to date on their network monitoring?   According to Information Management, it very well could have been prevented. Their IT system was simply outdated for today’s times. Information Management also explained that Delta is not the first to suffer from this issue, “Just a month ago, Southwest Airlines dealt with a similar scenario in which a broken router caused another 2,300…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Clears the Clouds: A Start to Finish Guide to Selecting Cloud Computing Services

The cloud is everywhere. Whether you work in a small business or a large enterprise, chances are your company already has or will soon adopt a cloud computing system. As a team leader, it is important to consider the qualifications and needs of cloud computing before implementation. MDL Technology shares a guide to help understand and choose a cloud system.   Know Your Stuff It is a common misconception that there is one almighty cloud lingering above our heads at all times. While the cloud never disappears, it is divided. There is a wide variety of different types of cloud systems which serve different functions for a plethora of needs.…

MDL Technology Identifies Three Challenges to Big Data Security

In the digital world, business owners have no choice, but to keep up with technological advancements and to analyze major trends in their industry. With increasing incidents of data breaches, cyber attacks and compromised private information, it becomes all the more essential to take extra precaution to protect data sets. However, in order to protect the integrity of big data, business owners must first understand and identify their system’s points of weakness.     Human Error In short, data breaches occur when an outside source finds a hole, or vulnerability, within a company’s tech infrastructure. Oftentimes, the vulnerability comes from a human error due to misinformation or not enough IT…

Why Planning for a Disaster Can Save Your Business

Disaster recovery and business continuity planning are unpleasant but necessary precautions to protect your company in the event of a disaster. And in today’s world, disasters come in all shapes and sizes. Whether your company is big or small, you should make a disaster recovery plan today. https://pixabay.com/en/error-www-keyboard-tap-type-in-102074/ Types of Threats In a digital context, the term “disaster” refers to virtually any threat to the integrity or privacy of a company’s data. The term encompasses a multitude of digital threats (hackers, spyware, viruses, etc.), as well as human error, system breakdown, environmental factors such as a building fire or water leakage, and much more. These threats can last an hour…

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.…

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…

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.  …

Tech Tips to Avoid An IT Nightmare This Halloween

Tech Tips to Avoid An IT Nightmare This Halloween Posted by T.J. Bloom, COO of MDL Technology Forget gory costumes and creepy jack-o-lanterns this Halloween. The scariest thing that could happen to your business this season might be a tech nightmare. Fortunately, there are some simple solutions and tech tips to help you avoid an IT disaster. According to TransTechOne,  common business tech issues  include failing to schedule regular backups of data and using weak passwords. These simple tech problems could turn into tech nightmares for companies, so businesses should be careful to avoid them with a few precautions. Mark Dryer, president of MDL Technology, LLC, said, “If your business…