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Topic: Cybersecurity

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Infographic of the week: What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
    What is Multi-Factor Authentication?
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.”
  13. Good cybersecurity plans begin with good corporate policy
    Implementing a good cybersecurity defense is an absolute necessity in today’s risky business environment.
  14. 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.
  15. Board guides successful, 30-year evolution of SDN
    Three decades of expanding services and market area have altered SDN Communications in a number of fundamental and obvious ways. One interesting, secondary change has been in how competitors perceive the successful company.
  16. Bank goes extra miles to improve customer data protection
    In early 2013, an underground transformer fire temporarily knocked out electrical power to a four-block area of downtown Sioux Falls. The fire burned beneath the sight line of dozens of businesses, but it left a strong impression on executives at The First National Bank in Sioux Falls.
  17. Use multi-factor authentication to improve cybersecurity
    Advances in communications technology have helped businesses, organizations and consumers operate faster and more efficiently. But new products and services also create fresh targets for criminals. People who use technology always need to be cautious.
  18. Be careful in cyberspace; crime risks continue to grow
    In just a few decades, the internet has completely transformed the way America conducts business. Using the internet has become so routine that it’s difficult to find a company that isn’t online in some way.
  19. Make life tougher for hackers: change your passwords
    Data breaches that leak other people’s information have become painfully common. No individual or organization is immune from the potential impact. Not even people who work for companies that specialize in cybersecurity.
  20. Embrace evolving truths to improve cybersecurity
    It’s probably not fair to say that Americans are too willing to sacrifice security and privacy for the conveniences of technology. But at times that seems to be the case.