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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

Takeaways from all the recent data breaches

Chris Vilim

Just last week, there were announcements of three large data breaches from well-known companies -- Panera Bread, Hudson’s Bay Company (Saks Fifth Avenue and Lord & Taylor), and Under Armour (MyFitnessPal). All these breaches come just after the news of ransomware attacks on Boeing and the City of Atlanta.

While many businesses may ignore these announcements with the thought that because they don’t use these sites or services as part of their business workflows, they don’t have exposure -- and this thinking could be a big mistake.

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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

Your first line of defense: Firewalls

Alyssa Sisco
Why do you need so many different pieces of software and hardware to keep your network safe? Of course you want to keep your data secure, but why can’t there be a one-size-fits-all solution that protects you from every threat imaginable? That would certainly simplify things, however with the expanse of the web and the continual chain of ever-evolving threats, it's essential that we guard our business with a multi-layered line of defense. This approach ensures that if a new threat is able to sneak its way past one piece of your security system, you have several others standing guard. Today, I would like to introduce you to an essential line of defense: firewalls.
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Topics: Network Security

The solution to your password problems

Alyssa Sisco

I’m sure this isn’t the first time you’ve heard how important it is to use secure passwords online. But here we are in 2018 and “123456” was still the most hacked password of last year. With all the recent security breaches large companies have dealt with, it’s easy to see how anyone could have their online security compromised. That’s why it is so important to create strong, unique passwords for all your online accounts. Nobody wants to have their personal data stolen, or be the reason their company's data is held for a sizable ransom. So why are so many still risking their security by clinging to weak passwords? Let's look at some common reasons and introduce some solutions. 

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Topics: Network Security

Recall: Check your HP notebooks and workstations

Alyssa Sisco

HP has put into effect a recall of certain batteries used in their notebook computers and mobile workstations due to safety concerns. The faulty batteries have the potential to overheat and catch fire or inflict burns, so it is important to check any HP products that could be affected. It is projected that almost 3% of the following HP products sold between December 2015 and December 2017 will be affected:

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Topics: Alert