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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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What we can learn about cybersecurity from the government shutdown

Alyssa Sisco

Amid the current government shutdown, over 80 government websites are either down or insecure. With no IT staff around to renew their TLS (Transport Layer Security) certificates, many government websites are being left open to vulnerabilities. Some of the sites are set up so that they become inaccessible to the public if their TLS certificates are not up-to-date. Yet, others simply warn users that the site is not secure, then allows you to bypass the warning and continue onto the site. Once on an insecure site, users will be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks.

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Topics: Network Security, Owners & Managers

What is VoIP? How does it benefit your business?

Alyssa Sisco

Would you be surprised to find out you're already using VoIP? Unless you live on a deserted island, VoIP has already become a part of your daily life--you just may not have realized it!  Since Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phones offer the same functionality as traditional, analog phones, you’re not going to see a difference in the way you make or receive calls. The difference is in the way the information travels. It simply takes analog audio signals and transmits them over the internet instead of utilizing analog electrical waves. Since Information is traveling over an IP network, VoIP phones are able to offer a wider variety of features such as voicemail to email, call forwarding, twinning, ring groups and more. Read on to discover the different ways your business could utilize VoIP services.

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Topics: Phone Systems, Equipment Purchases

10 tips for tightening the financial controls of your business

Alyssa Sisco

Recently, it has come to light that Save the Children Federation was swindled into wiring $1 million to cybercriminals. The money was allegedly going to buy solar panels for health centers in Pakistan, which is well within the scope of the organization’s standard operations. Unfortunately, the transaction was not uncovered as fraudulent until a month after it occurred, thus they were unable to stop the cybercriminals from making off with the funds.

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Topics: Security Threats, Owners & Managers, Staff Training

5 tech tips to keep your business safe through the Midwestern winter

Alyssa Sisco

Today is the official first day of winter! As nice as it sounds to get all wrapped up in blankets with a warm drink and wait out the next few months, we have things to accomplish! But unsurprisingly, Nebraska winter weather isn’t always on board with our plans. Sometimes it’s the snow, other times the ice, and occasionally even a power outage can get in our way. So, let’s get your business prepared for the unpredictability of winter in the Midwest, now!

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Topics: The Workplace, Owners & Managers

Meet the Team: Barry Stackhouse

Alyssa Sisco

Say hello to Barry! As an IT Manager, he is responsible for overseeing the technology needs of a handful of clients. He manages tickets and projects for his clients and provides support and services when they affect a larger group of users or a business as a whole. Barry and his wife have four kids themselves and a very large extended family. They recently hosted Thanksgiving at their house for more than 50 people! For some more interesting facts about Barry, check out his video!

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Topics: Our Company

Monitor internal threats with Cyber Hawk

Alyssa Sisco

Let’s say you eat healthy, exercise, drink water, get eight hours of sleep every night, take vitamins and get your flu shot. Can you be 100% certain that you’re not going to get the flu this year? No. But each step you take towards being healthy, strengthens your immune system and lowers your risk of getting sick. In IT, we call this a layered approach. There is no one tool you can use to guarantee your business’s safety from a cyber-attack, but you can take multiple tools and put them together in a way that creates a strong defense. If a hacker is able to get past one of your layers of defense, they should be stopped by the next layer of security. Many of today’s internal security threats can’t be prevented simply by a firewall or antivirus.

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Topics: Network Security

The risks of unpatched applications and unsupported equipment

Alyssa Sisco

Everyday more technology processes are automated, saving us from performing tedious tasks over and over. However, the technology that helps us and makes our lives easier is also used by hackers and cybercriminals to take advantage of us. Hackers use automation to build bots that continuously search the internet for unpatched and vulnerable devices to infect. In fact, almost 30% of all internet traffic is made up of bad bots such as hacking tools, impersonators, scrapers and spammers. Once a hacker finds and accesses your vulnerable computer, it only takes about 20 minutes to infect it. As soon as that one device on your network is infected, it doesn't take long before your whole network is breached.

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Topics: Network Security, Equipment Purchases, Data Breach, Security Threats

Meet the Team: Tim Albertus

Alyssa Sisco

Have you met Tim? As a Systems Engineer, he spends most of his time building infrastructure and also handles a lot of the behind-the-scenes network maintenance that allows our clients to get their jobs done, in the most efficient ways for them. Additionally, for someone who works on complex, difficult issues all day, he likes to keep a balance by being a bit of a jokester and adorning his cubical in Lego figurines. Get to know Tim by checking out his video!

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Topics: Our Company

Prices increasing on technology equipment with new tariffs in place

Alyssa Sisco

On September 24th, President Trump deployed 10 percent tariffs on roughly $200 billion worth of products from China. The tariffs are set to increase again to 25 percent on January 1st.

These tariffs are now increasing the cost of consumer goods across many industries in the U.S. and are expected to continue to rise. Predictably, the technology industry is no exception to these price increases.

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What options do I have for using the cloud?

Alyssa Sisco

Deciding on the best cloud solution for your business requires you to really understand all of your options. But there are a lot of different terms that get thrown around when discussing the cloud. In order to be an active participant in the discussion and decision-making process, it’s important to be familiar with your options and understand the costs and benefits of each. Use this guide to get the basics down, and then reach out to us with questions you may have.

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Topics: Cloud, Owners & Managers