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Brooke Nielsen

Brooke Nielsen

As a Marketing Intern at CoreTech, Brooke Nielsen supports client communication efforts, in addition to performing administrative duties that help the office run smoothly.

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Destroying your electronic media

Brooke Nielsen
The risks of not properly destroying electronic media, such as computer hard drives, video and audio tapes, etc. can include identity theft, possible HIPAA violations, loss of business reputation and client trust,  and more. Without destruction of these items that are filled with personal and company data, information could be sent to unintended recipients. Individuals, as well as businesses, have confidential information which they don’t want ending up in the wrong hands. Destroying electronic media in the correct manner keeps all data secure so you don’t have to worry about the negative consequences.
 
Your Media is at Risk – All of it!
 
Many people believe computer hard drives are the only electronic media that need to be destroyed. This is not the case. While it is important to properly destroy these devices, there are other items that you will want to take care of as well.
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach

Managing your workplace stress

Brooke Nielsen
For almost all of us, work is one of the biggest parts of our lives, and the stress in this environment can greatly impact our ability to do our jobs effectively. This stress can lead to negative relationships with our coworkers, and even health risks. Although some amount of stress is a good thing, it is important to maintain a healthy balance by efficiently managing our stress in the workplace.
 
Identify your Stress
 
The only way to begin managing your stress is to first understand where it is coming from. A good way to do this is to create a stress diary to recognize the causes of stress in your life and begin to think about what causes each event to cause you stress. Identify which stressors affect which parts of your life and then you can begin to determine which strategies are best suited to help you manage your stress in each area.
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Topics: The Workplace

Meet the Team

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Ryan Poutre has been working in technology for 10 years, spending two years at WatchGuard Technologies, a threat management appliances manufacturer. I had the chance to meet with Ryan and learn a little more about him, his years in technology, and some interesting facts about himself!
 
What is your role at WatchGuard?
 
I work at WatchGuard as a Sales Engineer for the Northwest Region and am based out of Minnesota. I spend my time supporting our partners, like CoreTech, quoting sales, training technicians, fulfilling security needs, and conducting product testing.

What do you like about working for WatchGuard?
 
I love the security industry/field. It’s always changing, so days are never the same, which means things are never boring.
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Topics: Our Company

12 days of technology

Brooke Nielsen
Buying gifts for the tech lover in your life doesn’t have to be difficult. Check out our list of technology that will surely delight and surprise your friends and family this holiday season.
 
First day of Technology

Google Daydream View - Buy Now

This Virtual Reality headset and controller lets you explore new worlds, watch movies, and play games with you at the center of action.

Second day of Technology

Google Home Speaker – Buy Now

As a voice-activated speaker powered by Google Assistant, you are able to ask Google Home questions, tell it to do things, and ask for help just by starting with “OK Google.”
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Topics: Trends

Meet the Team

Brooke Nielsen

Working at CoreTech since September 2016, Esteban has just been with us a short time. He has, however, become an experienced tech by working in technology for over 13 years. This week, I had the chance to sit down with Esteban to learn a little more about him!

What is your role here at CoreTech?

I am a Systems Administrator here at CoreTech, on the IT operations team. My days are spent monitoring our incoming board for service tickets, providing remote triage and support to our clienst, as well as in house assistance.  

What is your favorite thing about working in technology?

One of the most exciting things about technology is that it is always changing. Your days are never the same.

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Topics: Our Company

Outsmart cybercriminals with Windows 10

Brooke Nielsen

2016 has seem some major data breaches. From 700 Snapchat employees having their personal information stolen in March, to Yahoo announcing in September that a hacker stole information from over 500 million accounts, cybercriminal activity is only growing. In fact, the average cost of data breaches per incident amounts to a shocking $3.5 million!

Security vendors are indeed doing their best to keep up with new, more advanced threats, however adoption of changes by businesses needs to be advancing as well. What can your business do to avoid winding up on the 2017 major data breaches list? Microsoft has an answer for you—Windows 10.

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Topics: Microsoft Products

Recently in the news

Brooke Nielsen

“Workplace” by Facebook launches

On October 10th of this year, Facebook officially launched the long awaited social network for company use. “Workplace,” as it’s been named, is an ad-free platform that is separated from any personal Facebook accounts. This space allows every department and person in a company to connect through group discussions, phone and video calls, and personalized News Feed. Although there is a free trial period of 3 months, Workplace will charge a low price for each user on a monthly basis. For 1,000 or fewer employees, each user will be charged $3 per month. For 1,001 – 10K employees, $2 will be charged, and for upwards of 10,001 employees, $1 is charged. Companies are already seeing Workplace results such as more efficient communication, better event participation, making decisions on the go, unleashing new ideas, and more!

Learn more here!

https://workplace.fb.com/?ref=producthunt

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Topics: Trends

How to attract millennial talent to your workplace in 2016

Brooke Nielsen

Is putting forth the effort to attract and hire millennials worth it? If you knew they will make up half of the global workforce by 2020 would this influence your decision? It’s true, as more and more millennials are entering the workforce, it is important to understand how to interest and hang onto these valuable assets. So what is the best way to go about this?

Before we look at some things you can do to attract millennials, let’s take a step back to find out what these individuals value in a company. The 54 million adults between 18 and 34 in 2015 have some definite commonalities in what motivates them to choose a workplace. One of the biggest factors that the majority of them agree on is their need to grow. Many millennials are looking for opportunities to help them climb the ladder, even if it means climbing out of your company. They are also looking for a “sense of purpose” in a company, or a chance to be a part of something bigger than just company profit. Finally, they are looking for a coach rather than a boss, someone to lead not just command.

So as a business, how can you become more attractive to this potential workforce considering their wants and needs? Let’s explore some options:

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Topics: The Workplace

Meet the Team

Brooke Nielsen

Working here since June 2016, Lori is CoreTech's Sales Operations Coordinator. I had a chance to sit down with Lori to learn a little bit more about her and here is what I found out!

Tell me about your role at CoreTech?

As Sales Operations Coordinator, I am responsible for quoting and ordering maintenance support renewals for clients. This process involves quoting opportunities for the sales staff, as well as ordering and receiving the products. I also schedule meetings for the sales staff to meet with the clients and to review their IT needs.

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Topics: Our Company

Workplace productivity (infographic)

Brooke Nielsen

$450-$550 billion is lost annually in the U.S. due to low productivity and employee engagement. Low productivity in the workplace can be caused by pesky distractions, failed meetings, poor weather, and a number of other factors.

So what can we do? Luckily, high productivity is obtainable! To achieve productivity at work, first understand how much you and your company are losing in time, money, and energy by checking out the following infographic. Then, click the link today to continue on to our white paper to learn some simple tips to greatly increase your workplace productivity.

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Topics: The Workplace