SDN Blog

2016 Consumer Privacy Index Report

A whopping 92 percent of U.S. Internet users worry about online privacy, and 89 percent say they avoid companies that don’t protect their privacy. Read More»

7 ways to ruin an Internet scammer's day

Warning about phishing schemes

Recently, while navigating the internet, an SDN customer received what appeared to be a security window pop-up that encouraged the customer to call an 800 number because his system might have been compromised. Read More»

Avera eCARE

A person seeking medical attention occasionally wanders into the Avera eCARE center in the industrial area of northern Sioux Falls. It’s an understandable mistake. While Avera eCARE professionals provide world-class medical services, they only serve patients remotely. Read More»

Election cybersecurity

Several incidents in the recent past have brought to the surface concerns about cybersecurity as it relates to elections. They have demonstrated the need for the nation, as a whole, to make improving cybersecurity a higher priority 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»

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»

Cyber Threat Assessment

Korena Keys jokes that if online connectivity to her office went down, she and her staff would sit around and stare at each other because they wouldn’t have anything to do. Read More»

Data breaches can be costly for businesses. To make matters worse, breaches also can expose companies to legal liability. SDN CEO Mark Shlanta often points out, human error accounts for 95 percent of all security incidents. Read More»

Lights Out by Ted Koppel

The thought of terrorists attacking a power grid is reminiscent of one of those action movies of recent years in which a heroic president or rogue federal agent saves the nation from a small band of smart but bloodthirsty terrorists. The threats discussed in the book are realistic, however. Read More»

Fiber network advantages over copper cables

With advances in technology, networking options available to businesses are better than ever. They also can be confusing. Price, alone, shouldn’t govern important decisions about networking and a company’s long-range future, however. There’s too much at stake. Read More»