Friday, February 27, 2015

I/T Definition: Hacktivism

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Hacktivism – Politically motivated cyber disobedience. This includes defacing web sites, denial of service attacks and leaking of confidential data.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Longevity Recognition in January

BIT recognizes staff in honor of their outstanding performance and dedication to our agency, state government and the citizens of South Dakota. Below is a list of those BIT employees that were recognized for longevity in the month of January. Congratulations and thank you for your years of leadership, commitment and dedication to the State of South Dakota!

BIT would like to recognize five employees who reached significant milestones in their careers in the month of January!

Denise Kromarek, DATA - 15 years
Kari Stulken, ADMIN - 20 years
Rory Ehlers, DEV - 15 years
Dennis Kaup, DEV - 40 years
Jeffrey Pierce, TELE - 35 years

Below is the complete list of individuals - Keep up the great work!

Keith Byer, DATA - 27 years
David Smith, DATA - 23 years

William Bishop, DEV - 26 years
Mark Douglas, DEV - 23 years
Karrie Geffre, DEV - 33 years
Scott Leiferman, DEV - 24 years
Scott Schroeder, DEV - 8 years
Jeffrey Cargill, DEV - 11 years
Wade Douglas, DEV - 7 years
Sandra Panicucci, DEV - 7 years

Carol Stolley, TELE - 11 years
James Dean, TELE - 37 years
Patrick McCluskey, TELE - 16 years
Gayle Merscheim, TELE - 31 years

Jamey Howard, ADMIN - 8 years
Dino Brooks, ADMIN - 9 years
Randy Mertz, ADMIN - 28 years
Mary Zimmerman, ADMIN - 21 years

Stephanie Rissler, SDPB - 18 years
Karl Gehrke, SDPB - 9 years

Kevin Schmidt, RADIO - 7 years                      

Thursday, February 19, 2015

I/T Definition: Security Activity

I/T language can be confusing. BIT can help!

Security Activity – activity meant to enhance and maintain a high level of security.  This includes scanning network and email communications with sources and destinations that are outside of the state network.  It also includes installing upgraded security software and hardware including: anti-virus software, firewalls, content-filtering software, and intrusion detection software.

New Employee Joins Development Team 1

Please give Curtis Conner a warm welcome as he joins Development Team 1 as a Software Engineer!
As a Software Engineer, Curtis’s duties include developing software applications using C#.NET, VB.NET and ASP.NET, along with providing support to BHR. Before joining the Bureau of Information and Telecommunications team, he spent a little over a year as a consultant at Eagle Creek Software Services here in Pierre and before that he spent a year as an Intern Programmer/Analyst at Resource Data Inc. in Anchorage, Alaska.

Curtis graduated at the top of his class from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor in Computer Science and a Minor in Computer Systems Engineering, receiving the Outstanding Computer Science Graduate Award. He and his wife, Cristine, have been married for nearly 9 years and have a daughter who will be turning 1 in March. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family, fishing, and hunting.

Welcome to the BIT team, Curtis. We look forward to working with you.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

I/T Definition: Social Engineering

I/T language can be confusing. BIT can help!

Social Engineering – manipulating individuals to provide confidential information, perform actions or allowing access to secured locations.  Purposely “conning” individuals for the purpose of obtaining information or access to allow for nefarious cyber activities. The tendency of our culture in South Dakota is to be helpful and thus makes us very vulnerable to being socially engineered.

Monday, January 26, 2015

A Better Option of File Hosting Services

Services like Dropbox and Google Drive are very convenient for our personal use of files and photos. Yet, they are not acceptable for storing state data for a number of reasons.  They store data in unknown data centers around the globe managed under varying laws and by different groups.  The State prefers knowing where the data will be stored and what laws govern the data center they will be stored in.  In addition, their terms of usage often violate state legal requirements and good business practices.  A better choice for this type of service is the state’s OneDrive service that runs under SharePoint.

The service allows:

  • Remote access of your data;
  • Sharing of your state data only to specific individuals;
  • It is housed in South Dakota;
  • It is backed up regularly; 
  • And best of all, it’s available at no added cost to you.  

For more information or a demonstration of this service, please reach out to your BIT Point of Contact.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

I/T Definition: Infrastructure

I/T language can be confusing. BIT can help!

Infrastructure – The technology (hardware and software) that comprise the computer network, phone network, and connections to the Internet.