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Alyssa Sisco

Alyssa Sisco

As a Marketing Coordinator at CoreTech, Alyssa Sisco supports client communication efforts, and is responsible for creation of content assets, enCore newsletter, and marketing collateral.
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Are you an easy target for phishing scams?

Alyssa Sisco

The sole objective of any phishing email is to trick you into clicking it. If you aren't vigilant, it can be easy to fall for. It doesn't matter who you are, how much money you have, or what company you work for, you can be targeted and it's important to know how to protect yourself.

Since Amazon and Uber are so well-known and widely-used, cybercriminals have often chosen them to impersonate. Their aim? To lull you into a false sense of security at seeing the familiar brand name. With the addition of a subject line that will illicit a response, anyone could find themselves clicking on a link before even taking a second to think.

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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Network Security

The shift from ransomware to cryptomining

Alyssa Sisco

In its earliest days, ransomware wasn’t much of a threat, because it couldn’t actually encrypt data. But that was in the 80's and 90's, those days are long over in the field of technology. Within the past few years, not only has ransomware become a formidable threat but it has also grown exponentially. The world experienced a growth from 3.2 million ransomware attacks in 2014, to 3.8 million in 2015. Then, in 2016, ransomware attacks jumped to a staggering 638 million. Not only did the amount of attacks increase, but the ransoms themselves shot up from an average of $373 per computer in 2014, to $1,077 per computer in 2016. With 241,000 new variants of ransomware created in 2016 (about 660 new variants per day) anti-malware software was struggling to keep up.

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Topics: Security Threats, Trends, Network Security

Meet the Team: James Pauley

Alyssa Sisco

Watch our latest Meet the Team, featuring James Pauley! As Systems Administrator, James maintains relationships with a group of clients, serving as their IT Manager. He also takes on the hard-to-solve issues passed on from other team members, tackling them with gusto. Outside of work James loves to go camping with his family, but his wife may not be quite as excited about sleeping on the ground with all the bugs.... To get to know a little more about James, check out the interview!

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Topics: Our Company

Get the most out of your phone system

Alyssa Sisco

Just as your cell phone isn’t merely for making calls anymore, office phone systems now integrate with other parts of your business. That’s why this segment of technology isn’t simply about phone systems anymore, it’s now, unified communications (UC). UC works in conjunction with computers, cell phones, and other mobile devices, allowing you to do things like dial by clicking a number on your computer screen, sending voicemail messages via email, and allowing you to send text messages from your work number. It can even track data and pull useful information from your CRM right when you need it most. Basically, unified communications solutions allow you to communicate in the most convenient and effective ways imaginable.

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Topics: Phone Systems

Is your business outgrowing your office space?

Alyssa Sisco

Are you a growing small or midsize Omaha business? As your business gains traction and expands, you may find yourself running out of physical space for new hires or new equipment. Growing businesses often find that their current facility no longer provides the optimal infrastructure necessary to run their business productively. Buildings can only support so many people and so much activity before they are no longer effective.

So what factors should you consider when deciding to move your office? Take a look at the top 5 reasons why companies decided to move and the average costs associated with moving. Then, don't forget to download our Complete Guide to Your Office Move!

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Meet the Team: Rick Shepherd

Alyssa Sisco

Introducing -  Rick Shepherd! As our primary Wiring Technician, Rick is the master of cabling. He sets up office wiring and connections to handle voice, data, printers, scanners, TVs, or any other devices your job may require. Beyond his great work ethic and decades of experience, Rick is a very cool guy to sit down and converse with. Watch this video interview to learn a little bit more about him!

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Topics: Our Company

The proactive approach to IT

Alyssa Sisco

Sitting around and waiting for bad things to happen is not a recommended strategy for any aspect of life, so why take that course of action when it comes to your IT network? Stay on top of your network’s health by running preventative scans and taking proactive measures to keep your system running efficiently. Trying to fix every little bump or disruption after it occurs, is a lot more time consuming than running automated scans. Often, they are able to identify the root cause of issues, sometimes even before symptoms appear. Here are some of the automated scans we offer and what the benefit is to your business:

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Topics: Network Security

What can a computer hack really cost you?

Alyssa Sisco

Being the target of a cybercriminal is not a fun experience for anyone, but it’s definitely a lot worse if you don’t have a plan to get back on your feet afterwards. Cybercriminals have caught on to the fact that small and midsize businesses don’t spend as much money on IT security, making them easier targets than large, multimillion-dollar companies. It’s important to note that 62% off all cyber-attacks are carried out on SMBs, according to IBM. Additionally, the National Cyber Security Alliance states that about 60% of SMBs who experience a hack, go out of business within a six-month period after the attack.

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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

Meet the team: Ryan Aiken

Alyssa Sisco

If you've ever called into our service line with an IT issue, chances are, you have spoken to Ryan. As one of our System Administrators, Ryan takes on a lot of our incoming tickets and monitors automated processes to keep our clients' systems running as smooth as possible. Even if you happen to know all about what Ryan does at CoreTech, have you ever talked to him about which Olympic sport he would most like to compete in? Get to know the man behind the phone a little better by checking out this video interview.

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Topics: Our Company

Is it time to upgrade your phone system?

Alyssa Sisco

Thankfully, phone system manufacturers have, overall, done a good job at creating a robust product that lasts for many years. But something to consider is that there's a difference between your technology still functioning and your technology working for you-- by saving time and making communication easier.For instance, you may still have a VHS player that functions, but that doesn't mean it's not time for an upgrade. Besides the generally grainy-quality of tapes and the inconvenience of having to rewind them after every use, new movies don't even come out in that format anymore. In the same way, if your phone system is stuck in the past, you're missing out on some great new pieces of software and it may be wasting more time and energy than you think.

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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Phone Systems