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Ransomware a profitable crime

Ransomware is a form of malware thieves use to digitally extort money from businesses and individuals. Hackers infiltrate computer networks to jumble file contents or lock computer users out of their systems. Then they demand payment in anonymous, online currency to restore victims’ access to networks or programs. Read More»

NIST Cyber Framework Training Event

The surreptitious nature of cyberattacks and the stigma that can come along with being victimized can mask the frequent and serious nature of threats to businesses and institutions. About 160 people representing a cross-section of industries and service providers invested two days at a NIST Cyber Framework Training seminar recently in Sioux Falls. Read More»

GenCyber Camps for Girls & Boys

Girls from 14 states will attend the camp, which has an impressive lineup of speakers. It includes two special agents from the FBI, the director of security operations for Facebook and a security engineer from Google. Read More»

Cybersecurity Story from South Dakota Public Broadcasting

New Cyber Security guidelines put in place by the National Institute of Standards and Technology aim to better protect the country from cyber attacks. Officials say foreign cyber attacks could target US businesses and critical infrastructure such as power plants and dams.​ Read More»

BCDR Tabletop Exercise

Representatives of SDN Communications and several of its member companies planned to get together last winter for a round of disaster training. Ironically, a real-life disaster interfered. A winter storm forced the training session to be postponed until April. Read More»

Cyber Concerns by KELO-TV

Dozens of company leaders are coming together to come up with ways to prevent their businesses from falling victim to a cyber-attack. Plains Commerce Bank Manager, Matilda Grobe, considers her company lucky because it’s never dealt with a data breach. But she doesn't want to take any chances going forward. Read More»

Business Cyber Training story on KSFY

Cyber attacks are on the rise and they’re targeting nearly every aspect of our daily lives – personal and professional. Tuesday, a cyber security seminar focused on how businesses in our state can protect themselves and their consumers from getting attacked. Read More»

Ransomware - Digital Extortion

The average ransomware victim pays about $300 to get file access restored. Some businesses reportedly have paid thousands of dollars. And the soaring use of computerized devices and the Internet have created more targets for ransomware than ever before. Read More»

NIST Cyber Framework Training

Cyberattacks are big, growing and constantly changing threats to businesses. Successful strikes can be devastating to a company’s finances, image and survival. Effectively reducing the risk of cyberattacks requires a significant cultural shift within organizations. Read More»

Uptime University: The Rise of Ransomware

Victims of advanced ransomware infections may have to decide whether to pay the ransom or sacrifice their information. To make matters worse, even if they reluctantly decide to pay, there is no guarantee they will get the information back. Read More»

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