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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.

5 Most Dangerous Strains of Ransomware, Based on How Profitable They Are for the Bad Guys

5 Most Dangerous Strains of Ransomware, Based on How Profitable They Are for the Bad Guys

There are all kinds of threats out there that can make things difficult for your business, but one of the biggest threats from this past year was ransomware. Ransomware encrypts data on the victim’s device so that it is inaccessible without the decryption key. Hackers have been successful with these extortion methods, as well as many others, yet ransomware continues to be a serious source of anxiety for businesses of all sizes and industries.

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Fake Ransomware Attacks Work Because People are Scared

Fake Ransomware Attacks Work Because People are Scared

Ransomware is one of the worst threats you can encounter, and the first half of 2021 saw more large-scale ransomware attacks against both individuals and businesses than ever before. A new threat, however, promises to disrupt this trend, and it’s one that you might not have considered: fake ransomware attacks.

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How to Mitigate the Damage You See from Ransomware

How to Mitigate the Damage You See from Ransomware

This year saw a considerable rise in the number of high-profile ransomware attacks, so if you have not already considered what you are going to do to put a stop to them for your own business, you need to do so now. Thankfully, there appear to be several measures you can implement to limit the damages done by ransomware, and it all starts with some preparation.

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What to Do If Your Network is Hijacked by Ransomware

What to Do If Your Network is Hijacked by Ransomware

It’s one thing to avoid ransomware entirely, but what does a business do when it’s already within its walls? Today we are going to discuss how your business can recover from a ransomware attack, as well as measures and solutions you can implement to ensure that it doesn’t happen again.

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Cybersecurity is Critical for a Business, Regardless of Its Size

Cybersecurity is Critical for a Business, Regardless of Its Size

It can be very tempting to read the cybersecurity headlines and assume that cybercrime is an enterprise business’ concern. There’s a sense of security in the idea that threats are, for the most part, directed toward the likes of Colonial Pipeline and other organizations of its size.

Unfortunately, we have some bad news for those who have felt this temptation and had these ideas: that sense of security is a false one.

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A New Ransomware Awareness Tool is Making the Rounds

A New Ransomware Awareness Tool is Making the Rounds

Ransomware is such a major problem for computing-dependent organizations that even government agencies are getting involved, equipping businesses and organizations with tools to help themselves identify whether or not they are at risk of these attacks. The most recent addition to this group, the United States’ Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have made their Ransomware Readiness Assessment, or RRA, available as part of its Cyber Security Awareness Toolset.

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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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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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Ransomware is a Serious Problem… Here’s How to Deal with It

Ransomware is a Serious Problem… Here’s How to Deal with It

Ransomware has been a scourge to businesses for years now, with it unfortunately experiencing a renaissance of sorts as the COVID-19 pandemic came to the fore. With increased phishing attacks and other means of spreading ransomware now taking advantage of the ongoing situation, it is all the more important that these attempts can be identified and mitigated.

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There Isn’t Much that Is More Devastating than Ransomware

There Isn’t Much that Is More Devastating than Ransomware

Countless high-profile ransomware attacks have surfaced over the past several years, all against targets like manufacturers, pipelines, hospitals, and utility companies. Obviously, these attacks are a cause for concern, but some small businesses might make the mistake of thinking themselves too small to target. Unfortunately, this is simply not the case; we’ll help you protect your business from these devastating cyberattacks.

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What the Irish Health Service Disruption Proves About Data Restoration

What the Irish Health Service Disruption Proves About Data Restoration

This past May, Ireland’s Health Service Executive—the organization responsible for providing healthcare and social services to the country’s residents—was successfully targeted by a major ransomware attack. Unfortunately, we are still talking about it now because the entire situation has forced us to acknowledge the aftereffects of such an event.

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Zero-Day Vulnerability Causes Major Problems for IT Providers

Zero-Day Vulnerability Causes Major Problems for IT Providers

A new ransomware attack has surfaced, this time mostly targeting IT companies and their clients. The attack is specifically targeting the Kaseya platform. Kaseya is management software that many IT companies use to remotely manage and support technology. The attack in question attacked Kaseya’s supply chain through a vulnerability in its VSA software; this attack is notable because of how it targeted the supply chain, not only striking at the vendor’s clients—notably IT companies—but also their customers. Basically, this attack had a trickle-down effect that is causing widespread chaos for a massive number of businesses.

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Meat Packers On the Wrong End of Malware

Meat Packers On the Wrong End of Malware

Once again, ransomware strikes, this time targeting the world’s largest meat processor and distributor, JBS S.A. This disruptive cyberattack forced the company to suspend operations in both North America and Australia, a move which had devastating consequences to the supply chain. What can we learn from this situation?

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Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Response Raises Questions

Colonial Pipeline Ransomware Response Raises Questions

As is often the case with ransomware attacks, the situation with the Colonial Pipeline hack has grown more complex as more information regarding the attack has been discovered. Here are some of the major developments that you should keep top of mind in the wake of this devastating ransomware attack.

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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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Cyberattacks are Happening Faster with Less Time for Early Detection

Cyberattacks are Happening Faster with Less Time for Early Detection

In what sounds like a positive shift, cybersecurity experts have announced their research has found that cyberattacks are spending less time on the networks they infiltrate. Unfortunately, this isn’t such a clear-cut positive. Today, we’ll discuss “dwell time” and how less of it is a problem. 

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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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How Managed IT Helps Accountants Resist Cyberattacks

How Managed IT Helps Accountants Resist Cyberattacks

As the conclusion of the tax season nears, accountants and CPAs face increased threats to their data security. Now is the time to ensure your cybersecurity strategy is robust enough to protect you against modern threats. Learn how we can give your cybersecurity the boost it needs.

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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 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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