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KT Connections has been serving the Rapid City area since 1997, providing IT Support such as technical helpdesk support, computer support, and consulting to small and medium-sized businesses.

Why You Should Care that Chinese Security Cameras are Banned

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Due to the ongoing impacts of the pandemic, many businesses are seeing a reduced onsite workforce. With less staff at your business office, there are fewer deterrents for unwanted or criminal activity. There has been a rising trend in businesses of all sizes investing in physical security to prevent this. Unfortunately, many security cameras have joined the growing list of banned devices from Chinese manufacturers. If you’re considering investing in a security camera, take a moment to learn how to ensure your device won’t hinder your business.

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Are South Dakota Businesses Ready for Extreme Weather?

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As spring changes into summer, states in "Tornado Alley," including South Dakota, can face extreme weather. As severe weather presents risks to your business, you must ensure that your data is protected. Here are some methods to do just that.

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South Dakota Infrastructure Is at Risk of Cyberattack

South Dakota Infrastructure Is at Risk of Cyberattack

With the cyberattack that hit the Colonial Pipeline, a 5,500-mile oil pipe that starts in Houston and ends in New York, there came widespread panic and gasoline shortages across the eastern part of our country. This raises the question of the critical infrastructure of South Dakota, as well as the cybersecurity of all of the businesses and organizations throughout the state.

Let’s dig into the importance of this cybersecurity, and how our state has handled it thus far.

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Cybersecurity is a Multi-Tiered Process

Cybersecurity is a Multi-Tiered Process

Effective cybersecurity requires more than a cheap firewall and the outdated anti-virus software that came with your workstation. Protecting confidential and proprietary information demands multiple layers of security. Here’s how a multi-tiered approach to cybersecurity can mitigate the risk of a data breach.

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Rapid City Business Owners Need a Cybersecurity Strategy

Rapid City Business Owners Need a Cybersecurity Strategy

Cybersecurity (or rather, the lack of a solid cybersecurity strategy) has been a major issue for small businesses and organizations over the past few years, and it’s only getting more important that business owners and management are aware of the risks and take the proper steps to prevent and mitigate cyberattacks. The truth is, it doesn’t matter how many employees you have or how much revenue you generate. If you have computers, and you store sensitive or personal information, you are a worthy target for cybercriminals.

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Are You Taking Cybersecurity Seriously? 5 Lessons to Learn from Florida’s Water Plant Breach

Are You Taking Cybersecurity Seriously? 5 Lessons to Learn from Florida’s Water Plant Breach

Recently, a water treatment facility in Florida was the victim of a cyberattack. Fortunately, the attack was caught in time by an employee who was able to regain control. However, if it hadn't been, the result could have been thousands of residents made sick or worse. Take a moment to learn how a cybersecurity breach can have serious, even life-threatening consequences in today's connected business environment.

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Top Five Cybersecurity Tips for Businesses

Top Five Cybersecurity Tips for Businesses

With ransomware attacks disrupting businesses nationwide, many South Dakota businesses are uncertain if their security protocols can protect them. Even worse, many SMBs don’t think they are targets. If you’re not sure if you have the right cybersecurity protections in place, here are five tactics your business should invest in to protect against a cyberattack.

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Are You Monitoring Your Servers?

Are You Monitoring Your Servers?

The most common question asked about server maintenance is how to keep them running smoothly and effectively for many years. Two of the not-so-obvious answers are temperature and humidity. While maintaining these environmental conditions is critical to server uptime, it is vital that—when temperature or humidity rise—you know about it before it’s too late. Let’s consider the importance of monitoring your servers.

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Powerstrips Vs. Surge Protectors

Powerstrips Vs. Surge Protectors

Are your electronics plugged into power strips? With South Dakota winter winter rolling in, it is critical to understand the difference between a power strip and an actual surge protector. Here are some tips to make sure you have the right device to protect your computer from a power surge or brownout.

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Putting The IT in IT Solutions

Putting The IT in IT Solutions

You might think that most IT companies are pretty similar. Sure, they might have varying levels of customer support and professionalism that makes some stand out over others, but the general consensus is that all IT companies generally offer the same type of services. Many of our clients have experienced quite the opposite.

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Improving Organizational Cybersecurity

Improving Organizational Cybersecurity

The nature of many of today’s businesses is building one product over and over and over. When you have that level of repetitiveness, it helps people find their niche, yes, but it can also result in the attention given to the task to suffer. While a disengaged employee is nothing new, they can cause some operational problems. By and large, a couple of staff hiccups won’t have a huge impact on your business, unless that lack of engagement impacts your cybersecurity. That’s because there are some threats out there that could absolutely cripple your business’ ability to sustain operations. Today, we’ll talk about how to get your staff to care about malware, hackers, and the like. 

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How to Manage Printers (Even If Your Workforce is Remote)

How to Manage Printers (Even If Your Workforce is Remote)

Printers are often overlooked, but for many organizations they are a critical piece of the daily workflow. For many Rapid City businesses, this became a reality as much of the office workforce switched to working remotely. 

Whether your team is in the office or dialing in remotely, managing documents and securing your printers is important, and controlling the use of your printers is often a great way to reduce unnecessary spending. 

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3 Ways OneDrive Supports Your Remote Workforce

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As workers begin settling into remote working, one pressing issue is how to communicate and collaborate with their team and customers effectively. Microsoft’s OneDrive allows your remote team to work anywhere on various devices, with access to their files. Most importantly, OneDrive allows your team and customers to collaborate on and offline securely. Here are three benefits to using OneDrive with your remote team.

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5 Coronavirus-Related Scams Affecting South Dakota

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Never one to let a bad thing get in the way of a good opportunity, hackers are using the coronavirus crisis to target South Dakota businesses and employees. Cybercriminals are scamming South Dakotans out of their hard-earned cash or sensitive information and building the narrative around COVID-19. Now more than ever, businesses need to help their team recognize a phishing attempt before it’s too late.

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How Microsoft Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

How Microsoft Azure AD Can Benefit Your Business

As many businesses have begun to invest in the infrastructure to handle a remote workforce, many are leaning to the cloud to handle more and more of their typical in-house IT. It makes sense--the cloud is inherently designed to make it easy to access from anywhere, even if that isn’t your office. Best of all, the cloud is capable of handling most, if not all tasks that used to require a lot of in-house hardware and overhead.

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Building Up Four Business Security Basics

Building Up Four Business Security Basics

With all the threats that stand to create problems for businesses today, it can be surprising to hear that some of the most common security risks result directly from your staff and their exposure to technology. Less surprising to hear; security issues often interrupt the operations of your business and incur significant financial cost. Below, we have shared a few tips to help your staff better adhere to security best practices.

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What You Need to Know to Manage a Remote Workforce

What You Need to Know to Manage a Remote Workforce

There are many reasons that your team may want (or need) to work from home, and there are many reasons to allow them to do so. A 2019 survey by OwlLabs indicated that 71 percent of remote workers are happy with their job (as compared to 55 percent of on-site workers); remote workers responded that they are 13 percent more likely than onsite workers to stay in their current job for five more years than onsite workers will; and when respondents claimed to be working longer than 40 hours per week, onsite workers were doing so out of necessity, while remote workers did so out of desire and enjoyment.

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3 Key Factors to Securing Your Data

3 Key Factors to Securing Your Data

With data being such a valuable asset today (especially personally identifiable data), you can’t afford to let any of the information your company has access to fall into the wrong hands. The same goes for all of your data, especially that which concerns your employees or your clients. Let’s go over a few tips that should help you keep this data safe, step by step.

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Can Adding Spaces Increase Your Passphrase Simplicity?

Can Adding Spaces Increase Your Passphrase Simplicity?

Every year we see a rash of data breaches, the majority caused by compromised credentials. In response, KT Connections has been providing tips and best practices to help keep your users and your business safe. As the year winds down, let’s take one more look at credentials and learn another tactic to create secure and simple passphrases.

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Why You Should Upgrade to Windows 10

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Not too long ago, we shared a blog that discussed how Windows 7 isn’t going to be a viable option very much longer. We wanted to be sure that there was no misconceptions remaining as to how important it is to update your business’ systems to Windows 10. That’s why we’re taking the time to go a little further into why an update is the only real path for your business.

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