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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.

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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If You Aren’t Patching Your Systems, Breaches are On You

If You Aren’t Patching Your Systems, Breaches are On You

Everyone in a business has set responsibilities that they need to fulfill, one major one being proper security maintenance. A failure to uphold this responsibility could have serious consequences, including the very real potential of a security breach. 

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Tip of the Week: How to Generate Strong Passwords That You Can Actually Remember

Tip of the Week: How to Generate Strong Passwords That You Can Actually Remember

Passwords are effectively the cornerstone of your business’ data security—if they aren’t up to muster, your protections could crumble. Unfortunately, many users shortchange their passwords to try to make them more convenient, also making them more convenient for cybercriminals. Let’s see how we could (and should) make passwords as effective as possible.

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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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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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Cybercrime (And Lightning) Have No Problem Striking Twice

Cybercrime (And Lightning) Have No Problem Striking Twice

We’ve become aware of a concerning phenomenon: the perception that a business that has already been targeted by a cyberattack, won’t be attacked again. We here to tell you that this is decidedly not the case—in fact, according to cybersecurity solutions provider Crowdstrike, there’s a 68 percent chance a targeted business will see another attack within a year.

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Consumers Need to Prioritize Security

Consumers Need to Prioritize Security

There has been a massive increase in online shopping since the start of 2020 and it is important that consumers do their best to understand the potential security risks associated with ecommerce, and how to navigate around them. This month, we discuss some of the best practices that consumers can follow when shopping online. 

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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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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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Huge Cybersecurity Breach Affecting Major U.S. Organizations is the Biggest One Yet

Huge Cybersecurity Breach Affecting Major U.S. Organizations is the Biggest One Yet

Honestly, it shouldn’t be surprising that 2020 has come to an end with news of a massive cyberespionage attack—the biggest ever, as a matter of fact. Let’s dive into what we know, and what it signifies.

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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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Update Google Chrome, Says Homeland Security

Update Google Chrome, Says Homeland Security

Look, we get it… it’s one thing to hear it from “those IT guys” about how important software updates are. We’re into this stuff, after all, so we worry about things like that more. However, we’re hoping that a warning from Homeland Security to update Google Chrome will have a little more weight.

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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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How to Ensure Your Remote Workforce Isn’t Making You Vulnerable

How to Ensure Your Remote Workforce Isn’t Making You Vulnerable

Considering the current popularity of remote operations, the security of your business’ resources should be one of your greatest concerns. While this process isn’t necessarily easy, it isn’t something you can afford to neglect. Let’s take a few moments and walk through some of the most critical considerations to your office and its data security.

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Is Remote Work a Bigger Risk with Certain Employees?

Is Remote Work a Bigger Risk with Certain Employees?

Despite all that has gone on, many businesses have managed to stay open by embracing the remote capabilities of today’s technology. This is undeniably fortunate… however, it is crucial that we also acknowledge the importance of cybersecurity as these actions are taken.

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