Thursday, the South Dakota World Affairs Council begins its symposium in Brookings.
We are in a world so connected and often times so dependent on smart phones, computers and the Internet in general. Protecting information has to be a priority as well.
Cyber Security consultant Michael McNerney says staying defensive technologically is the best way to be protected.
"There are other incidents that are, right now, going unreported or unnoticed. The people who perpetrate these intrusions through cyberspace are good at covering their tracks. there could be any number of ones going on right now that we are unaware of," Michael McNerney said. "It could hurt you financially, your credit report, personally embarrassing, it could be dangerous if your home address is leaked out. those are good reasons why you should be vigilant."
Using the Internet to your advantage like monitoring your credit reports online, avoid clicking on suspicious e-mails and keeping your personal information private are all ways to keep yourself safe.