Since 2005, nearly 5,600 data breaches have been reported to the Identify Theft Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that provides advice to consumers and organizations to help combat identity theft. Nearly 829 million records have been exposed.
Experts suspect the actual number of exposed records is actually much higher because most cyberattacks go unnoticed or unreported.
Obviously, businesses and consumers must keep their guard up.
Twenty-five years ago, cybercrime wasn’t on anyone’s radar. Now it’s a growing problem for businesses as well as consumers, says Jessie Schmidt, South Dakota state director for the Better Business Bureau Inc.
“It’s a huge dark hole out there that’s so difficult to get our hands around,” Schmidt says. “We need to be concerned about it. It needs to be a priority for everybody.”
The BBB is helping raise awareness to combat the cybersecurity problems in the Sioux Falls area. The organization will host a free presentation on Oct. 28. The event is designed to help people make informed decisions to help protect their businesses, customers, and families from cyber criminals.
The BBB’s third annual Cyber Security Program will be held from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Avera Prairie Center, which is on the Avera McKennan campus at 1000 E. 23rd St. A continental breakfast will be provided.
Register to attend using the button below. The event is being held in conjunction with National Security Awareness Month. About 120 people attended last year.
Sponsors of this year’s event are SDN Communications, KELOLAND Television, and Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center.
The scheduled presenters are Mark Shlanta, CEO of SDN; Dr. Kyle Cronin, an assistant professor of cybersecurity at Dakota State University; and Det. Patrick Marino, a fraud investigator with the Sioux Falls Police Department. Angela Kennecke, news anchor and business editor at KELOLAND-TV, will moderate the discussion.
Shlanta heads a company that is the region’s premier provider of broadband connectivity and cybersecurity services to businesses. He is excited to be one of the speakers.
“The Better Business Bureau does a nice job of putting quality information in front of the business community,” he says. “This event is a good opportunity for area businesses – large and small – to see what products are available to manage those threats.”
Coincidentally, SDN recently launched a new service to help businesses and institutions protect themselves against the latest, growing cyberthreat – Distributed Denial of Service attacks. DDoS attackers try to make targeted online services unavailable by overwhelming them with malicious, junk traffic. An attack from a rival, mischief-maker, or criminal can jam a company’s electronic pipeline and block legitimate business from taking place.
“A number of regulated businesses, like banks and health care, are required or strongly encouraged to mitigate those DDoS attacks that flood Internet pipes and keep customers from accessing online business services,” Shlanta says.
SDN Managed DDoS Protection can help the company’s Internet clients monitor, detect, and mitigate bad traffic. SDN also offers Managed Firewall and Managed Router services as well as Remote Network Monitoring to help businesses maintain a high level of cybersecurity.
Hosting the cybersecurity event fits well with the BBB’s mission to advance trust in the marketplace through such means as setting standards, encouraging best practices, celebrating role models, and calling out substandard behavior in the marketplace.
The BBB organization that serves South Dakota also serves Nebraska and parts of Iowa and Kansas. Schmidt is based in downtown Sioux Falls. For more information about the organization, see BBB’s website.
For more information about SDN and its services, visit SDN Communications website.