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Layered Cybersecurity - Starts at the top

Implementing good cybersecurity is no longer a responsibility that company executives or board members can assign to the IT staff or an outside provider, and then ignore. For most organizations, there’s too much at stake. Read More»

Cybersecurity - The layered approach

To adequately protect themselves, businesses and other organizations need to take a layered approach to cybersecurity. They have to have good policies in place, maintain good security equipment at every juncture and take extra precautions with their most vulnerable asset: their employees. 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»

DSU Gen Cyber Camp for Girls

I don’t know whether my Emma will grow up to be a Protector of the Internet. It’s too soon to tell, and she has years of career exploration ahead. But I do know the GenCyber experience, offering an empowering environment to learn about coding, hacking, robots, and more, will give her the confidence to pursue a passion. Read More»

Bitcoin - WeUseCoins.com

The secrecy surrounding the creation of bitcoin is fitting, perhaps, because part of the appeal of the virtual currency is that users can acquire and spend it anonymously. It’s like two strangers making a private transaction with cash. Except bitcoins don’t physically exist. They only exist as electronic transactions. Read More»

Credit Card

Ransomware thieves might use trickery to deliver their malware, but typically they clearly explain the predicament confronting victims. They explain, step by step, what victims have to do to get their computers unlocked or their files restored. Read More»

Uptime University: Rise of Ransomware

Ironically, the day after Michael Ormseth signed up to attend SDN's session of “Uptime University: Rise of Ransomware,” one of the computers at his business became infected with ransomware. Read More»

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»

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»