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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.

Microsoft Dealing with Major Data Leak

Microsoft Dealing with Major Data Leak

Incorrect configurations on your infrastructure’s hardware are surprisingly easy mistakes to make, and even worse, they can have severe security ramifications if they are not discovered promptly. It can happen to anyone, as evidenced by a recent data leak. One of the most popular software developers out there, Microsoft, made a pretty nasty blunder with one particular setting that led to a huge data leak that could have exposed millions of records.

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Three South Dakota Industries At Risk For Ransomware

Three South Dakota Industries At Risk For Ransomware

Cyberattacks have been on the rise as bad actors continue to reap the benefits of their nefarious acts, many shifting their gaze to key industries as a means of gaining leverage. South Dakota is home to various industries—many of which are viable targets for cybercriminals and ransomware. Let’s identify three such industries that need to increase their vigilance. 

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After 20 Years, Are the Rules of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Still Viable?

After 20 Years, Are the Rules of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act Still Viable?

For many, the name “Enron” is notorious, as its bankruptcy and bad practices (amongst those of other companies of the time) ultimately led to the passing of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. Hard to believe that was almost two decades ago! Let’s dive into what the act outlines, and how it remains relevant today.

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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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Considering Your Business’ Cybersecurity Strategy

Considering Your Business’ Cybersecurity Strategy

It should come as no surprise that cybersecurity is an important consideration for a business, which means it is important that you are aware of how effective your security practices are. Evaluating this is best accomplished by testing your team and their preparedness… but how often should you do so?

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Is Cybersecurity Really a Big Deal?

Is Cybersecurity Really a Big Deal?

While cybersecurity continues to be a top-of-mind concern, too many people to tune out the warnings, despite the high-profile events that populate the news cycle. So while there has been some pain felt and service disruptions due to ransomware, it may not have impacted enough people or lasted long enough to realize that action needs to be taken.

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Is Your Organization Using These Three Best Practices For HIPAA?

Is Your Organization Using These Three Best Practices For HIPAA?

HIPAA provides the framework medical institutions need to ensure patient privacy and keep their sensitive information secure. However, despite being in existence for decades, HIPAA compliance isn’t guaranteed. Here are three steps to help your healthcare business ensure HIPAA compliance.

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Survey Indicates More Businesses Are Heavily Investing in Cybersecurity

Survey Indicates More Businesses Are Heavily Investing in Cybersecurity

A survey from Splunk and Enterprise Strategy Group indicates that organizations tend to invest a significant amount of their capital into cybersecurity. Even more interesting is that 88 percent of respondents in this survey reported that they would increase these investments, with 35 percent reporting that they will be substantial. What other insights can we glean from this survey?

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SMBs are Spending More on Cybersecurity. Is It Enough?

SMBs are Spending More on Cybersecurity. Is It Enough?

There are a lot of threats out on the Internet, and the good news is that many of them have absolutely no chance to threaten your business. The problem is that it only takes one to really put your business at a major disadvantage. One threat is all it takes to lock down your files and hold them for ransom. One threat is all it takes to corrupt your databases. One threat, if it got bad enough, could conceivably end your business. 

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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 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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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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What are the 5 Cybersecurity Tips Your Staff Needs To Know?

What are the 5 Cybersecurity Tips Your Staff Needs To Know?

When it comes to cybersecurity, your team is your first line of defense. They are on the front lines protecting your data, and if a cybercriminal can get past them, very little will stop them from gaining access to your data.  

Your company may have comprehensive cybersecurity technologies in place, but your efforts will fail unless your team is in the know. Never forget, it only takes one team member to click on a link, reuse an old password, or lose a device to lead to a data breach. Here are five best practices your team should utilize as part of your cybersecurity operations.

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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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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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