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August 2016 

Hello friend,

We would like to thank all of you that attended our combination Open House and Larry’s Retirement Party on the 11th. It was a fun time with great food and conversation. If you have not had a chance to congratulate Larry, I am sure he would love to hear from you!

If you missed our Open House, we have another chance for you to interact with the CoreTech team. We will be hosting a CoreExchange in October. 

What is CoreExchange? CoreExchange is an informal, educational meeting for business owners, middle managers and staff. Formats and topics vary from discussions and short product demonstrations to webinars and happy hour events around town. We hope to see you for this educational and informative gathering. For more information see the bottom of our newsletter.

Through our blog posts the CoreTech staff has been busy keeping you updated on security, new products and other issues that impact small to midsize businesses.  If you have not already, be sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out.  

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29639098_s.jpgWhy criminals target small business

As a small to midsize business (SMB), cybercriminals would never take interest in our organization, right? – Wrong!

In recent years, smaller businesses have become the focal point of hackers interests. In fact, just last year it was reported that 43% of worldwide cyber attacks were against small businesses with less than 250 employees. These attacks usually involve hack attacks, ransomware, denial of service attack, or CEO fraud.

With fewer day-to-day operations and smaller pay offs than larger corporations, why would these bullies waste their time attacking here? Many cyber criminals are centering their attacks based on a business’s valuable data, not necessarily the size or amount of profits the company has. They also look at larger enterprises as being better defended, thus harder to hack. In short, they target SMBs because they are easy, more attractive targets.

Let’s review 5 reasons why criminals are attracted to attacking small to midsize businesses.

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28511385_s.jpgDoes your Omaha business need a firewall?

Do you lock your front door?
I assume your answer is yes. Just as you lock your front door to keep intruders out and your valuables in, you should do the same to keep your company’s data secure. Your company’s version of a deadbolt is called a firewall and it is one of the best ways to keep your data safe.

What is a firewall?
A firewall is a network security system that monitors incoming and outgoing network traffic and controls. It permits or blocks traffic based on predetermined security rules.

Firewalls come in various levels of sophistication. A simple and inexpensive firewall will include basic intrusion protection, however may not be adequate for a corporate office, education system, or health care provider. The level of protection may need to be great for these organizations. A very basic firewall that you would purchase for your home device is not the same security you would want for your business. Additionally, a firewall can be a hardware device, a software program, or a combination of the two. 

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35529493_s.jpg6 reasons to train your staff on security basics

Owner to owner, I have some advice for you…stepping up training on security basics is one of the most important training sessions you can send your staff to this year. And here are the six strong reasons why…

1. Speed up recovery time and save money
You are not only avoiding security threats by training your employees on the importance of security, you’re also providing them with the knowledge of what to do if their system becomes compromised. For example, if an employee makes the mistake of clicking on an email containing malware, the chances of them realizing their error quickly and contacting IT support staff greatly increases. By taking this step right away, the amount of damage done is generally less compared to what it might have been had they waited to call.

Lunch and Learn: Security for Business Users

Every business user needs the security basics under their belt inTraining_Collaboration.jpg order to protect themselves and the business they work for from cyber criminals and hackers waiting to take advantage. Knowing the way these people operate and how to protect yourself is key.

Attend this lunch and learn to gather the information you and your staff need to protect your business.

Lunch & Learn details:

  • Date: Wednesday, October 5th
  • Time: 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
  • Place: Board of Certification  |  1415 The Meeting Space  |  1415 Harney Street  |  Downtown Omaha

For information and to RSVP click here.


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