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Topic: Cybersecurity

  1. Jury still out, but strong case can be made for working at home
    For some researchers, the quick shift of massive numbers of American workers to home environments has been viewed as an experiment on the future of remote work.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Cyber threats are real and stakes are high
    Good preparation for bad weather won’t change the forecast, cybersecurity expert Bryce Austin writes. In contrast, good cybersecurity planning can significantly impact outcomes.
  13. Cybersecurity experts provide valuable context to threats
    Businesses that want to enhance protection of their electronic assets should complicate network pathways that hackers might follow, not just try to block them from entering, according to a national cybersecurity expert.
  14. SDN’s revised report shines light on evolving cyber threats
    Cyber outlaws value sensitive electronic information, and they’re always trying to get more. The allure of data in vulnerable computing systems is illustrated by findings in SDN Communications’ Cyber Threat Landscape Report for 2018.
  15. 3 Best password tactics to trump would-be hackers
    The name “donald” cracked SplashData’s list of the Top 100 Worst Passwords in 2018, debuting at No. 23 in the company’s eighth annual ranking of bad passwords.
  16. Free cybersecurity resources, advice now available for small businesses
    The FTC offers free advice online to help small businesses fight threats such as phishing schemes, ransomware attacks and tech support scams. Materials include fact sheets, videos and quizzes.
  17. Watch a hacker at work during Cybersecurity Conference live demonstration
    “Cybersecurity is a concern not only for IT professionals, but also for business owners, executives, HR professionals and others.”
  18. Certified firewall ‘wizards’ help SDN protect customer networks
    Businesses that subscribe to SDN Communications’ Managed Firewall Service enjoy advantages. For one, customers may contact the company no matter what type of cybersecurity challenge confronts them.
  19. Burden of protecting information is heavy and growing
    A new report by the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the security software company McAfee estimates that cybercrime costs the world nearly $600 billion a year.
  20. It’s time to clean out your computer and tune up your life
    National Clean Out Your Computer Day, which is the second Monday of every February, is a perfect observation for people like me.