TDS Offers Free Webinars To Help Businesses Avoid Being Paralyzed By Cyber Attacks

First of four webinars on June 23 will highlight Internet threats and share tips

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TDS Telecommunications Corp.

With the rapid increase in Internet crime, the concern has shifted to ‘when’ they’ll get hacked.

Madison, Wis. (Vocus) June 18, 2010

In less than four minutes malware and botnets can completely take over a computer if it’s not protected. TDS Telecommunications Corp. (TDS®) is offering a series of free webinars to help businesses protect their networks, thus avoiding becoming victims of cyber crime.

"Business leaders used to worry about what would happen to their company ‘if’’ they got hacked,” says Scott Meier, product manager at TDS. “With the rapid increase in Internet crime, the concern has shifted to ‘when’ they’ll get hacked. It’s vital for businesses to implement various layers of security, and many admittedly don't know where to start."

The first of TDS’ four webinars will be held on Wed., June 23, 2010 at 1 p.m. CST. The series speaker, Johannes Ullrich, Ph.D., chief research officer of the SANS Institute, will highlight what Internet threats exist and how many are just a click away from creating a catastrophic toll on businesses and their customers. Ullrich will discuss the types of security threats, highlight how quickly a network can be paralyzed, and share tips to keep networks and data secure.

Additional webinars and topics include:

July 27 — PC security, virus protection, and malware threats. What are they and how do they affect business? What happens if PC security is ignored on desktops/laptops in the office or by remote employees? Tips will center on protecting computers and choosing the right types of virus protection programs.

August 25 — Ways to manage the barrier between the company’s network and the world. Every business is a target for hackers – regardless of company size or location. Consequences for failing to protect employees, vendors, and customer data will be addressed. Insights on analyzing reports of thwarted attacks and what can happen when traffic between the company’s network and the Internet isn’t controlled.

September 15 — How employees may be putting businesses at risk and negatively impacting the bottom line. Tips will center on ways owners can set limits on employees’ access to content, lower risk, improve productivity, and reduce potential legal issues.

For more details or to sign up for the free webinars, visit http://www.tdsbusiness.com/securitycenter.

About Johannes Ullrich, Ph.D.
Johannes Ullrich, Ph.D., chief research officer at the SANS Institute. Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. He founded DShield.org in 2000; it is the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a Web development company and as a research physicist.

About TDS
TDS Telecommunications Corp. markets communication services to business and residential customers in 30 states through its brands TDS Telecom® and TDS Metrocom®. With 1.1 million access line equivalents in service, TDS Telecommunications Corp. connects customers to phone, broadband, and digital television service in hundreds of rural, suburban, and metropolitan communities. TDS Telecommunications Corp. is the eighth-largest wire line company in the nation; employing approximately 2,600 people. The company is headquartered in Madison, Wis. Visit http://www.tdstelecom.com and http://www.tdsbusiness.com for more information. Connect on Twitter @tdstelecom and Facebook.

TDS Telecommunications Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Telephone and Data Systems, Inc. Telephone and Data Systems, Inc., a Fortune 500® company, provides wireless, local and long-distance telephone and broadband services to nearly 7.4 million customers in 36 states through TDS Telecommunications Corp. and U.S. Cellular®, its 82-percent owned wireless subsidiary. Founded in 1969 and headquartered in Chicago, Telephone and Data Systems employed 11,800 people as of Sept. 30, 2009. Visit http://www.teldta.com for more information.

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