Live hacking demonstration in Sioux Falls


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — From your business to your Facebook page, it’s likely not if you’ll get hacked, but when. 

On Thursday cybersecurity experts performed a live hacking demonstration at an event in Sioux Falls. 

Hacking a company– to many of us that might sound difficult, but cybersecurity experts say it can be relatively easy. 

“The scary thing is the average that a bad guy stays in an environment undetected is about 140 days,” Dynetics Sr. Cyber Risk Manager Greg Jackson said.

Jackson gave a live hacking demonstration in Sioux Falls.

“Traditional cybersecurity really keeps out the people who are pounding on the firewall. That’s not the way attackers attack nowadays,” Jackson said. 

The first thing a hacker might do is call you up on the phone and tell you something like, “I’m applying for a job at your business and will send you an email shortly.”

“Then they say, ‘When I send that resume in, I may send it in a form of a link. You have you go to a Dropbox and download it,” Jackson said. 

However, instead of applying for a job, that person downloads a malicious code that compromises your computer. 

“When a company gets breached, there’s a lot of personal data that an employee has within that environment. Plus, that employee’s computer, if they’re allowed to surf the internet, they do banking online, they may make purchases online, that data is compromised too,” Jackson said. 

Which is why area businesses are spending time and money to stay protected. 

“If you don’t educate yourself and stay on top of things, you can easily get behind,” KBRwyle IT security engineer Adam Quaschnick said.

You can find out more details about the Sioux Falls Cybersecurity Conference here. 

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