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KSFY: Small businesses may be at risk from computer hackers

Posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2016 in In The News , Cybersecurity

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Business Cyber Training story on KSFY

Posted: Tue 6:20 PM, May 03, 2016
By: Tess Hedrick
KSFY Reporter

SIOUX FALLS -

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.

"We worry about this cyber security everyday in my company. Not only for our own company but for our customers too," said Rod Bowar, president and manager of Kennebec Telephone Company.

Bowar says a cyber attack is scary to think about but it is important to always stay one step ahead.

"Also what's coming, what's on the horizon, what else do we need to be doing," said Bowar.

Sen. John Thune was also in attendance. He says we have to have a work force of people who know what it takes to stop these attacks.

"The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) developed the framework which is flexible and adaptable. Its best practice is voluntary but it takes the things that are happening out there in industry the people are coming up with, and government for that matter, and figures out how you can apply them in your world, your universe, your business," said Sen. Thune.

"I'll say I worry about it a lot. It's one of those things that it's part of your job. If you're not worrying about it, then I think you might be in trouble," said Derek Dudley, IT Director of Madison Regional Health.

Dudley believes the IT field is becoming one of the most important, especially in the health care industry.

"Health care info is actually rated high, as far as valuable information for attacks. Basically, everything's getting pushed down people's throats kind of of how many attacks are happening around the world and especially in the health care environment where we haven't been as much involved in it. But in the last six years, it's just been exploding," said Dudley.

Sen. Thune says conferences like this one put a bulls-eye on what some of those cyber threats are, but also offers practices that can be implemented by companies to try and prevent them.

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