Securing your data
Article was added on Sunday, July 01, 2012
Growing up in Greeleyville, we never locked our
doors-everyone looked after each other. But times have changed.
It seems every day we hear about another security breach, and
today's thieves aren't targeting traditional goods like electronics
or the family safe. Instead, they want your (and our) data. Cyber
thieves keep testing digital doorknobs and looking for open
software windows to find a way to crack personal and business
We take this threat seriously. After all, Santee Electric
Cooperative is owned and governed by you, our members. You've
placed your trust in us, and we're committed to protecting your
data while delivering reliable, safe and affordable power.
Unlike my old neighborhood, we don't have a digital open-door
policy at Santee Electric. As a cooperative, we're part of a
national network of consumer-controlled electricity providers
working together to constantly evaluate and bolster cyber security
measures. While there's no sure-fire way to keep determined
computer hackers out, we're making it a lot harder, raising our
level of protection with new tools provided by the Cooperative
Research Network, a research arm of our national service
organization, Arlington, Va.-based National Rural Electric
Collaborating with electric cooperatives across rural America,
we are working hard to minimize cyber security risks. Of course
cyber security isn't a one-time thing-we're constantly improving
and reinforcing our defenses with new technologies and best
practices to protect your data and our operations.
No matter what security challenges rear their heads in the
future, we are striving to be ready to meet them. As always, Santee
Electric Cooperative will be looking out for you.
Floyd L. Keels
President and Chief Executive Officer
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