Data Protection

My name is Brandon Huber and I’m a Network Assistant at ReadiTech.  As the newest member of the team I wanted to start with a brief introduction.  I grew up not far from where I live now in Edgeley, ND.  After high school I studied Criminal Justice as NDSU and joined the military after 9/11.  My experience in the Army has gone a long way to shape the person that I am today.  At the end of enlistment, I left the service with a renewed desire to protect others from the types of threats I met overseas.  That concept of protection and security has evolved over the years as we have advanced in our ability to use technology to connect. Unquestionably technology has improved all our lives with efficiency and new ways to communicate.  But with new connections comes new security risks to your valuable data.  Your data, or your digital identity, is all the unique information that is specific to you.  For instance, your social security number and the password to your computer.  It goes without saying that this information is incredibly valuable, not only to you but to hackers as well.  It’s been said that our data is the currency of tomorrow and the most valuable commodity we own.  For many the task of correctly protecting data can seem overwhelming.  As a business owner you are probably so heavy focused on taking care of your customers that you simply don’t have the resources available to become a security expert as well. Fortunately, we are here to help.  Everyday our security options continue to evolve to meet the...

Are you cyber safe vigilant?

At the end of October, I attended a cyber security conference in Dallas, TX which brought together a national audience of telecommunications providers.  The purpose of the conference was to share ideas and collaborate with each other about how cyber security topics affect the telecommunications industry and to learn how to prepare to face associated cyber security threats being committed on networks today.  I was expecting to learn about some interesting cybercrime stories as well as a list of emerging threats and trends happening in the larger cyber world. The dark web was a popular topic and its always interesting to find out how much of our personal data is available for purchase through easy to use websites with Amazon like shopping experiences.  I was reminded of a reputable website, https://haveibeenpwned.com/, that can show whether your email account has been involved in a past data breach.  If your account has been compromised in a data breach that you were not aware of it (do not panic), you cannot change what has already happened.  Look through the summary and see what information was breached.  If you have questions, give DRN ReadiTech a call at 701-344-5000. It is sad, but it is only a matter of when, not if, you will fall victim to a data breach.  Something I did not expect to learn was how often cybercrimes are committed with technologies that we are very comfortable with and use daily, such as email (phishing), phone calls (vishing), SMiShing (SMS phishing or text messages), and cybercriminals physical impersonation of law enforcement.  Cybercriminals are bad actors that prey on our trust and...