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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.

Local Municipalities are at Risk of Cyberattacks

Local Municipalities are at Risk of Cyberattacks

Ransomware attacks continue to dominate the cybersecurity conversion. While large organizations and industries garner headlines, the majority of ransomware attacks focus on smaller targets. Often, municipalities don’t have as many resources as larger organizations, so any disruption to their operations can be devastating to the people who rely on their services. Here’s how city governments can protect themselves. 

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Are Rapid City Businesses Utilizing the Cloud to its Full Potential?

Are Rapid City Businesses Utilizing the Cloud to its Full Potential?

The cloud has become ubiquitous in the business environment and has saturated all areas of our professional lives. However, despite the pervasiveness of the cloud, many businesses are not using it to its full potential. Here are three ways to make the most out of cloud computing to increase productivity and your bottom line.

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Data Redundancy and Why It’s Critical

Data Redundancy and Why It’s Critical

If you were to lose your business’ data, would you be able to continue operations? Usually not. This is why you need to take precautions before you inevitably suffer from an unpredictable situation that puts your data at risk. Unfortunately, the average small business might not think they are at risk, a notion we are trying to dispel. If your organization is considering backup and disaster recovery, we want to help you better understand data redundancy.

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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Effective cybersecurity requires more than a cheap firewall and the outdated anti-virus software that came with your workstation.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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How Cybersecurity Prepares Your Business For Any Disaster

How Cybersecurity Prepares Your Business For Any Disaster

Unfortunately, despite winter being officially over, the winter weather is not quite over yet. Hopefully your business IT is equipped to handle power outages and other disasters to mitigate and prevent downtime. We strive to equip our clients with solutions to prevent expensive downtime so employees can continue to work and, more importantly, data redundancy is maintained. Business continuity has to be a part of your standard cybersecurity strategy.

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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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Data Recovery is a Critical Part of Cybersecurity

Data Recovery is a Critical Part of Cybersecurity

While backing up your data is the one sure-fire method to protect your data from cybercriminals, a backup is only a part of the equation. If you can’t recover your data quickly and effortlessly, it will further exacerbate the pain you face when dealing with an emergency. Take a moment to learn why data retrieval is critical to your cybersecurity plan.

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Are You Backing Up To The Right Cloud?

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There is a functional difference between using the cloud to store data, and using it to back up your business’ data according to best practices. While you are technically “storing” your data when you back it up, that is the only similarity between them. Knowing the difference is critical to keeping your data safe and recoverable.

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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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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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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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What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution

What to Look For in a Data Backup Solution

If you’re at all familiar with us, you’re probably aware of how highly we rank data backup. If your business creates or stores any data (which we guarantee it does) you need to have a backup to protect it, as simple as that. Let’s take a few moments to review how a BDR (Backup and Disaster Recovery) can benefit your business and its long-term continuity.

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South Dakota's Rural Clinics are at Risk of Cyberattacks

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Cybercriminals focus on patient data because it contains all the information needed for identity theft and has a high value on the Dark Web. This is why large hospitals invest in considerable cybersecurity resources. Hackers know this and often focus on rural hospitals because, due to lack of resources for IT security, rural clinics may be an easier target. They aren’t wrong. Please read on to learn how rural clinics can better protect their patient data.

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You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

You Need Data Backup Even If You Think You Don’t

We tell every business owner we come into contact with the same thing: If you haven’t done so yet, you‘ll want to establish a data backup strategy. Some businesses are really small, some operate in industries where the cost of backing up data is seemingly prohibitive to the success of the business. To the people that operate those businesses, we repeat: If you haven’t done so yet, you‘ll want to establish a data backup strategy. Let’s examine why. 

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Have a Backup that is Ready for Action

Have a Backup that is Ready for Action

Backup strategies vary. Some companies choose theirs for its value. Some back up everything. Some ignore it all together. While we definitely don’t advise the latter, we do understand that it is a financial investment for what is essentially insurance. What’s more effective is building a backup plan that fits the type of data you create and store. 

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Secure Your Business: Rapid City Hits 9th in Business Development

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There’s a notion that living in a small city will limit the opportunities for your business to grow. However, a recent study conducted by Verizon placed Rapid City in the top ten small cities for people to start a small business in. Rapid City scored well in the six categories which make up the study; population, education, commute time, income per capita, access to broadband, the ability to acquire capital and of course attractive tax-friendly environment.

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Is Your Organization Ready for a Disaster

Is Your Organization Ready for a Disaster

While not every business needs to worry about hurricanes, the same can’t be said for other kinds of disasters out there. Tornadoes, fires, and other natural disasters could strike at any moment depending on geographical location, but if you’re prepared, you can limit the influence these events have on your organization’s future.

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You Can’t Afford Not to Have a Proper Backup Solution

You Can’t Afford Not to Have a Proper Backup Solution

Anything that can go wrong will go wrong. This is what it means to believe in Murphy’s Law, a rather bleak and somewhat nihilistic view of how the world works. Unfortunately, when it comes to your business’ important data, you have to subscribe to this mindset in order to prepare yourself for the worst-case scenario. Every business has its differences, but the end result will remain largely the same--a data backup system customized to fit your organization’s specific needs.

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Your Backup Needs to Meet Some Prerequisites

Your Backup Needs to Meet Some Prerequisites

There is always the constant threat of data loss looming over your business. Even though the idea might be terrifying, you need to consider all of the many possible ways that crippling data loss can occur. To combat these issues head-on, you should implement a backup solution that adheres to industry best practices. We’ll help you determine what your business’ requirements are for a quality data backup solution.

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World Backup Day 2018

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You know that sound.

The Click….Click….Click, as your hard drive searches for data it most likely will never find again. The sound of the drive heads hitting the internal head stop. You did back up your data, didn’t you? If so, what did you back it up to?

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