Kansas City Managed Services Company Analyzes Ransomware Attacks

In 2016 alone, ransomware affected over 90 million individuals and businesses at an estimated rate of 400 attacks per minute. Yet 70 percent of these go unnoticed, according to  TechRepublic. Cybercriminals use of ransomware show no signs of slowing down. Ransomware is a type of malicious software designed to block access to a computer system until a sum of money is paid. According to Digital Trends, the average rate for a ransom has soared upwards from $294 in 2015 to $679 this year. Studies show that nearly 50 percent of businesses have been hit with some type of ransomware, with 40 percent of those businesses paid the ransom. Studies also…

Kansas City Managed Services Company Reviews Importance of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

The Department of Homeland Security has declared October National Cyber Security Awareness Month. In its thirteenth year, the program seeks to educate the public and private sector about Cyber Security threats and ways to guard against them with a focus on protecting our digital borders. Attacks in 2016 have hit major companies. From 500 million hacked accounts with Yahoo! to 100’s of Eddie Bauer stores being inflicted with malware. The most common cause of breaches are employees misusing access privileges, according to TripWire. Whether employees do this accidentally or maliciously, training employees on security practices is crucial. Additionally, here are a few tips from Open Forum on how to prevent…

Yahoo! is the Latest Victim of a Data Breach

Data breaches have become all too common. Today’s headlines are littered with stories of cyber theft and security failures. Yahoo! is the latest victim. With over 500 million user accounts compromised, this could be the largest data breach in history. But Yahoo! is far from alone. So far in 2016, we’ve learned about security breaches at Linkedin, the U.S. Department of Justice, Oracle, Dropbox and many others. Is there anything that can be done to stem the tide?   According  to cybersecurity expert Por Thorsheim, the Yahoo! breach “will cause ripples online for years to come.” In a statement from Yahoo! addressing the issue, they provided some information about the…

MDL Technology Takes a Look at the Importance of Network Monitoring

Network monitoring might sound like the easiest and most simplistic part of an IT managed service. While it doesn’t take much to monitor your network and ensure everything is working properly, it’s surprising how many companies overlook this essential component. The idea behind network monitoring is simple: keep a constant eye on your network to catch failing components or components that are running slow before they become a problem. A good monitoring system lets your administrator know of any issues with the network so that they can be addressed before they get out of hand. A business without constant network monitoring  runs the risk of losing a good deal of…