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Topic: Cybersecurity

  1. Believe it or not, some still use 'password' as a password
    As encouraging signs go, this isn’t much. It’s minuscule. However, “password,” one of the weakest computer passwords of all time, might have been slightly less popular in 2019 than it was in 2018.
  2. Stay informed during the pandemic to help fight cybercrime
    Professional and recreational fraudsters alike are busier than ever. They have plenty of time to try to cheat you and your employer out of valuable information and money, and they’re demonstrating creativity in shaping their fraudulent pitches around the dominating subject of the day: COVID-19.
  3. Social surveys, trendy posts can be social engineering risks
    While it's fun to see people showcase the fashion and haircut choices of their senior year days, it's also a reminder of the information hackers can gain by sharing something that is seemingly fun.
  4. Homeworkers must keep their guard up for cyber threats, too
    Conducting business securely from remote offices has placed an added burden on employees and their employers, however. Cyber safety in high-tech communications should never be assumed.
  5. Old phishing threats have a new Covid-19 theme
    Although people might feel comfortable working from home during the pandemic, they have to remain wary. COVID-19 has given hackers fresh bait for old-fashioned phishing attacks.
  6. 10 tips for protecting yourself from virus-themed scammers
    It didn’t take long for a variety of hucksters, fraudsters and other criminals to start exploiting the COVID-19 pandemic. As the contagious disease spread across the United States in recent weeks, crooks were putting new twists on online scams to steal money.
  7. Hackers and regional businesses stepped up their game in 2019
    Cybersecurity experts are following cyber thieves’ actions closer than ever, and companies are improving their protective strategies. Unfortunately, hackers’ have stepped up their game, too, and they don’t have to follow any rules
  8. 5 Common cyber vulnerabilities and how to protect your business against them
    Employees at nearly all levels play important roles in protecting companies’ critical assets. That’s why responsible businesses train and test their employees, and then repeat the process with updated instructional material.
  9. DSU making headway in getting women into cybersecurity
    Dakota State University is making slow but noteworthy headway in its quest to get more women in college to study cybersecurity and other computer fields. It's a significant but worthwhile challenge.
  10. What’s the hurry? Slow down and be wary of suspicious email
    Shutting down your computer system isn’t a realistic solution to protecting businesses against fraudulent emails. Instead, businesses must find other ways to keep email scams from deceiving employees.
  11. Infographic of the week: What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
    What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
  12. Don’t kid yourself; the Midwest is not safe from cybercrime
    The Upper Midwest is not a safe haven when it comes to cyber risks. Online criminals have little regard for jurisdictional borders. A business based in Sioux Falls is as susceptible to an attack as a business anywhere else in the United States.
  13. Use multi-factor authentication whenever possible
    Hackers have been painfully successful in breaking into electronic files, and they’re getting more sophisticated all the time. That makes MFA needed more than ever.
  14. If you use public Wi-Fi, exercise caution to reduce risks
    Remember that when you use free Wi-Fi, a hacker might be positioned between you and the connection point, gathering data.
  15. Infographic of the Week: Social Engineering
    October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month - a collaborative effort between government agencies and industry leaders to raise awareness about cybersecurity threats.
  16. Keep your guard up! Don’t be tricked into helping hackers
    To sneak ransomware into victims’ networks, the bad guys typically use social engineering. It’s a form of 21st Century robbery that costs organizations several billion dollars a year.
  17. Email fraud is the focus of free business seminar in Sioux Falls
    Email scammers have bilked U.S. businesses and organizations out of more than $3 billion since 2016, according to the Better Business Bureau Inc., and the cyber thieves tried to get $23 billion more.
  18. Cyber insurance is a business option that requires homework
    Early in 2019, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, or NAIC, identified cybersecurity as “perhaps one of the most important topics for the insurance sector today.”
  19. Good cybersecurity plans begin with good corporate policy
    Implementing a good cybersecurity defense is an absolute necessity in today’s risky business environment.
  20. Be vigilant in securing Internet of Things devices
    IoT devices are attractive targets for cybercriminals because they’re plentiful and can be vulnerable. The appeal for hackers is similar to the attraction for users: IoT devices provide relatively easy access to systems.