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  1. DDoS attacks, employee accomplices add twists to ransom threats on businesses
    Ransomware will continue to get worse before it ever gets better. That’s the overall takeaway after reviewing SDN Communications’ latest Cyber Threat Landscape Report.
  2. Preventative measures imminent as ransomware grows in sophistication
    The first thing to understand about today’s ransomware groups is that they’re highly intelligent, organized businesses.
  3. Sanford, KeyMedia share ransomware and identity theft experiences to empower others
    Being vulnerable online can open the door for hackers. However, being vulnerable by sharing experiences and lessons learned can help others respond and even avoid a similar situation. Sanford Health and KeyMedia Solutions shared their stories at the Better Business Bureau's Cybersecurity Seminar for that exact reason.
  4. Strength of cybersecurity culture tied directly to a business's risk
    If you write your passwords in a notebook, don’t know what MFA means or are unsure how to report a cybercrime — you’re not alone. According to research from the National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCSA), we’ve still got a long way to go to reach significant culture change in online security.
  5. Ransomware and phishing trends impacting cyber insurance
    Dan Hanson with Marsh & McLennan Agency and Michael Nougier of Eide Bailly, LLP, take a relaxed, conversation-style approach to break down the trends and opportunities small and medium-sized businesses face. We have five takeaways from their discussion.
  6. Affected by today’s Internet Blackout Day?
    Here’s how SDN’s Managed Services team is keeping customers connected. September 30th, is being referred to by some as an Internet Blackout day. This event is being caused by an expired software certificate.
  7. Cyberattacks may be trending down in 2021 but consequences remain huge
    When a hacking group named DarkSide launched a cyberattack against Colonial Pipeline in spring 2021, the gas company paid a $4.4 million ransom to bring its fuel distribution operations back online.
  8. Experts to help businesses gauge cybersecurity preparedness at upcoming event
    Cyber threats are a constant concern for businesses of all sizes — and what was safe and secure six months ago might not be today. That’s insight from one of the speakers of the upcoming 2021 Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference.
  9. Don’t want to report a cyber attack on your business? Then prevent them.
    Ransomware is now considered one of the two biggest cyber threats to our country according to former CISA Director Chris Krebs. And the FBI estimates only 25% to 30% of cybersecurity incidents get reported to federal law enforcement.
  10. Hospital CIO shares ‘crazy’ cyberattack details to alert other business, industries
    "It’s a really crazy story with so many twists and turns." What would a cyber attack on your industry look like? Healthcare information and technology professionals in the state recently also got an in-depth look at what happened during a ransomware-event-turned-DDoS-attack at Boston Children’s Hospital.
  11. Email spoofing: What it is and how to spot it
    After recent hurricanes, there were reports of fraudsters spoofing caller ID numbers to make scam calls about flood insurance. In other words, the bad guys disguised their phone numbers to trick people out of info or money.
  12. Cyber assessment gives digital marketing firm peace of mind
    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. A cyber assessment gave her some comfort in the chances of that happening.
  13. 7 ways to ruin an Internet scammer's day
    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.
  14. New business environment brings fresh cybersecurity needs
    Email is the most common communication method fraudsters use to trick people out of information or money. They also use texting, however. So be suspicious of any unexpected links in texts you receive on your smartphone.
  15. Review the past to grasp the future of connected devices
    The International Data Corporation, a global provider of IT information and other market services, has estimated that by 2025, the average person will interact with connected devices nearly 4,800 times a day. That’s about one interaction every 18 seconds.
  16. Healthcare industry has a big job and a big target on its back
    Ransomware is often the weapon of choice when healthcare facilities are attacked. Pennsylvania-based Universal Health Services appears to be one of the most recent victims of an attack on a healthcare institution.
  17. Good, ongoing training is key step to keeping devices secure
    Potential vulnerabilities in the still-emerging new normal is a natural topic for the second week of October, which is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month. “Securing Devices at Home and Work” is this week’s official theme.
  18. Cybersecurity is important for home work stations, too
    It’s a good time for a cybersecurity checkup for home-based workers and their employers. Jake VanDewater provided a good review list Sept. 30 during the Greater Sioux Falls Chamber of Commerce's third annual Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference.
  19. Infographic: Weaponization of Social Media
    Cyber thieves are using social media platforms to collect data about people and use it against businesses to steal data and other valuable information. Download our infographic to educate employees in your business.
  20. Beware of the ‘weaponization’ of social media sites
    Compelling statistics help explain some of the growing internet threats facing consumers, businesses and institutions. And a Dakota State University instructor shares 10 ways to keep unwanted hackers out of business networks at the 2020 Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference.