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Senate Commerce Committee to hear Shlanta testify on cybersecurity

Posted on Thursday, August 27, 2015 in Broadband Internet , In The News , Employees

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Mark Shlanta, SDN Communications CEO

SDN CEO to share evidence with Senate Commerce Committee about growing cybersecurity threats against South Dakota businesses

SIOUX FALLS, AUG. 27, 2015 - Some might think South Dakota is geographically isolated, but when it comes to online cyberthreats, the state’s businesses are sometimes in the middle of it.

SDN Communications CEO Mark Shlanta will testify to that as an invited guest of the U.S. Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee field hearing Sept. 3 at Dakota State University in Madison. National as well as local experts are lined up to speak at 2:30 p.m. in Room 203 of the Tunheim Classroom Building. DSU is hosting the hearing, which will be open to the public, because the university is a nationally recognized leader in cybersecurity education.

'Any individual or organization using modern technology is a target.' - Mark Shlanta, SDN CEO

Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., who chairs the Senate Commerce Committee, will convene the hearing. Thune co-led the efforts to get Cybersecurity Enhancement Act approved in 2014. Congress is currently considering supplemental legislation to encourage information sharing and the full Senate is expected to vote on the legislation this fall.

“Cybersecurity is not a problem limited to high-profile retailers, financial institutions or the federal government. It is widespread. Any individual or organization using modern technology is a target. I’ll be sharing some local examples of attacks and how SDN’s tools have thwarted them,” Shlanta says.

Security products from Internet providers such as SDN can dramatically reduce a company’s cybersecurity risks. SDN offers a suite of Managed Security products to help protect businesses, including Managed Firewalls, Managed Routers and Remote Network Monitoring. Soon SDN will launch protection against Distributed Denial of Service. DDoS, as it’s also known, is when a hacker links hundreds or thousands of computers and servers via malware to flood a company’s Internet pipe, blocking legitimate customers from accessing a company’s website. SDN is now testing the DDoS mitigation product and Shlanta will share statistics with the committee about some major attacks on regional organizations.

 “Only one thing is certain when it comes to cybersecurity: The job is never done,” Shlanta said.

Shlanta joined the staff of Sioux Falls-based SDN in 1998 as network planning and operations director and has been CEO since 2000. SDN is a premier provider of broadband connectivity and related telecommunications services to businesses and institutions in the Sioux Falls region.

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