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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.

Facebook Dealing With Fallout From a Huge Data Leak

Facebook Dealing With Fallout From a Huge Data Leak

Facebook is by far the largest social media network and it does bring a lot of value to a lot of people. Whether that be for personal use or professional use, Facebook has staked a claim as the most successful technology company in the world. With this comes scrutiny, especially if you’ve operated the way Facebook has over the past few years. Let’s take a look at a situation that Facebook is dealing with in 2021.

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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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Considering the Current State of Phishing

Considering the Current State of Phishing

We will never pass up the opportunity to draw attention to the importance of cybersecurity awareness, as it is a crucial element for any business to consider. One serious issue that has caused significant stress amongst businesses is phishing. Let’s consider some recent statistics to evaluate where we stand right now, specifically in terms of the prevalence of phishing attacks.

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The Existential Problem with Continued State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

The Existential Problem with Continued State-Sponsored Cyberattacks

Cyberattacks have been carried out by nations for decades, but for whatever reason, our minds still build the hoodie-wearing cyberpunk sitting at a laptop in a dimly-lit room. This often isn’t the case. Today, we thought we would shine a light on state-sponsored hacking, starting with the attack carried out recently against the U.S.-based cybersecurity company FireEye.

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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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6 Reasons Your Team Needs to Report Cybersecurity Concerns

6 Reasons Your Team Needs to Report Cybersecurity Concerns

Have you given your team permission to contact your IT department if they have cybersecurity concerns, or are they left to their own devices? Unfortunately, your team is your weakest link when it comes to cybersecurity, and unless you give them the training and confidence to ask questions, they always will be.  

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What’s Happening with COVID-19 Scams

What’s Happening with COVID-19 Scams

During the COVID-19 pandemic there have been quite a few different types of scams. At first, most of the scams centered around economic relief money that was doled out to people to help prop up the fledgling economy. More recently however, scammers have focused on vaccines. Today, we will take a closer look at some of these scams, as they are growing in sophistication. 

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How to Prepare Your Team to Fight Phishing

How to Prepare Your Team to Fight Phishing

While last year saw a significant decrease in its number of data breaches, the number of records that were leaked doubled… and then some. Part of this can likely be attributed to a spike in the use of ransomware, indicating a resurgence in interest of the mean-spirited malware. This means that your business may very well see more ransomware infection attempts coming its way—the only question is, are your team members prepared for them?

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What is The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat To Your Business?

What is The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat To Your Business?

Cybersecurity has become the number one concern as many businesses have been seeing a huge uptick in ransomware attacks, phishing attacks, and other threats. Gone are the days where a business can rely on having antivirus alone; the reality is the weakest link in your data security is your team. Read on to learn more about the biggest threat to your business’ cybersecurity.

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Manufacturers Facing Increased Ransomware Attacks… Time to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Manufacturers Facing Increased Ransomware Attacks… Time to Take Cybersecurity Seriously

Ransomware attacks are on the increase as hackers realize that, due to COVID-19, businesses are wholly relying on their computers and data to be productive. Recently we have seen an uptick in cyberattacks on manufacturers. By holding data hostage in the post-coronavirus world, hackers increase their leverage and their chances of getting paid. Learn how cybersecurity protects your company against a ransomware attack and why having a backup is critical to success.

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3 Employee-Related Threats and What To Do to Stop Them

3 Employee-Related Threats and What To Do to Stop Them

I think most business owners would be kind of surprised to find out that the biggest threat to their business wasn’t hackers or natural disasters, it was coming from the same people they depend on the most: their employees. 

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GoDaddy Demonstrated How Not to Educate Users About Phishing

GoDaddy Demonstrated How Not to Educate Users About Phishing

While phishing awareness is an important practice to teach to a business’ employees, some methods are better than others, as GoDaddy—the domain registrar and web-hosting company notorious for its run of risqué ads—is learning the hard way. On December 14, GoDaddy’s employees received an email that seemed to be a holiday bonus from the company… only to find out (the hard way) that it was a phishing test that their employer had run.

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Schools Need Cybersecurity Protections, Too

Schools Need Cybersecurity Protections, Too

An increasing consequence of the COVID crisis has been the rash of ransomware attacks being unleashed upon various organizations. Whether enterprise-level or SMB, government or private, no business is immune from being targeted, as hackers take advantage of the confusion caused by the crisis. Take a moment to learn how to utilize cybersecurity techniques to protect your school district from ransomware attacks.

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You Have to Patch Your Software

You Have to Patch Your Software

Your business relies on its software, so if that software presents major security issues, it can be really concerning. In order to keep software from being a point of entry for hackers and scammers, you need to update and patch your software. Today, we’ll briefly discuss patch management and why it is a policy that you should be actively pursuing. 

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Is the Smartwatch a Security Risk?

Is the Smartwatch a Security Risk?

The holidays are a great time to give technology to your loved ones. One of the most popular smart devices for each of the past few years is the smart watch. While they are extremely useful and make great gifts, they may have an effect on an organization’s cybersecurity.  Let’s take a look at some of the possible threats smartwatches may present for IT administrators.

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Security Tips That Will Help You Hold Your Own

Security Tips That Will Help You Hold Your Own

Despite all the attention we try to direct toward cybercrime and awareness of the risks out there today, hacks and scams are still impacting businesses. With so many professional duties and activities carried out online, your business’ cybersecurity needs to be considered paramount. Here, we’ve listed six things to prioritize in your business to help protect it from such activities.

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Let’s Take a Look at Phishing Attacks

Let’s Take a Look at Phishing Attacks

Phishing attacks are growing in number and it presents a major challenge for businesses. The many different forms that these attacks come in just exacerbates the problem. Today, we will take a brief look at phishing to help you educate your staff on what they entail and how to mitigate the massive risk that comes with them. 

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Holiday Shopping Looking Different this Year

Holiday Shopping Looking Different this Year

2020’s holiday season is going to be much like the rest of 2020: distanced. Most people are taking precautions and therefore have put the kibosh on much of their holiday shopping trips, choosing instead to do a majority of their shopping online. By avoiding one risk, people take on others. Today, we thought we’d outline some of the problems people may experience when shopping online and what to do to reduce your risk.

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Two Lessons Businesses Can Learn from the Spotify Data Discovery

Two Lessons Businesses Can Learn from the Spotify Data Discovery

Every so often, we come across a bit of news that helps to teach not one, but two cybersecurity best practices at the same time. With the recent news of a cache of hacked Spotify accounts, we find just such an opportunity. Let’s review the two lessons to be learned.

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Alert: The Healthcare Sector is Being Targeted with Ransomware

Alert: The Healthcare Sector is Being Targeted with Ransomware

The healthcare industry is under siege as cybercriminals take advantage of the COVID-19 fueled stress to attack and compromise medical centers' data. Learn how to defend against these ransomware attacks, which have gained the Joint Cybersecurity Advisory's attention and should capture yours, too. 

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