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The most important technology concepts, strategies and actions uncovered for your business.

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 spreading the word about CoreTech's services.
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Microsoft’s push for Businesses to upgrade from Skype for Business to Microsoft Teams

Alyssa Sisco
No official End-of-Life date has been announced for Skype for Business thus far, but that doesn’t mean it’s not being phased out. Microsoft is confident that Microsoft Teams will be able to meet the messaging, meeting, and calling needs of businesses with 500 users or less. So, as of November 2018, if Microsoft believes a Skype for Business user would be better served by Microsoft Teams, they will push them to upgrade from Skype to Teams. New organizations looking for a Microsoft communication ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Trends

Aligning Cyber Security with your Business Strategy

Alyssa Sisco
Since digital transformation has taken the business world by storm, many business owners remain uncertain on how to integrate cyber security with their business strategy and daily workflows. First, it’s important for business owners to understand that security is not simply a process performed in the background, but when it's ingrained with business processes, it enables your business to thrive. So, how do you get cyber security and business strategy to align and work cohesively?
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Network Security

10 Most Commonly Used Brands in Phishing Attacks

Alyssa Sisco
Phishing is a common tactic used by cyber criminals, as it can be very lucrative but doesn’t require as much technical, hacking know-how as other types of cyber attacks. Hackers often bank on you recognizing a brand name and being one-of-many that have an account with that company. With this in mind they convince you that the phishing email is legitimate. Often claiming that you’ve been locked out of your account, a payment didn’t go through, you need to update your information, or anything ...
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Topics: Staff Training, Security Threats, Trends

3 steps to a safer inbox

Alyssa Sisco
More than 90% of targeted attacks start with email. If the typical office worker receives an average of 121 emails per day and 1 out of every 101 emails are malicious, chances are that your employees will come face-to-face with emails containing malware or social engineering scams. The top three most common themes of malicious emails are Billing/Invoicing, Package Delivery, and Scanned Documents. Since businesses can’t very well stop communicating via email, they need to take precautions to ...
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Why your small business should care about malware

Alyssa Sisco
Talking about the dangers associated with a malware infection can feel abstract for those who have never experienced it firsthand. To some, it may seem like a vague concept, not something that really requires you to take action. Most small business owners feel that it’s not going to happen to them and they have more pressing matters to attend to. However, they don’t usually realize that 47% of small businesses experienced at least one cyber attack in 2018 and the damage malware can cause to an ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Owners & Managers

Own a business in Omaha and need IT help?

Alyssa Sisco
It’s hard to run a business when you’re constantly being interrupted by computer restarts, unreliable internet connections, or frequently dropped calls. Yet, many small businesses just live with these frustrations because they don’t have the time or resources to find and fix the issue. Or, they simply get stuck in a break/fix loop with old technology or temporary fixes. We get that most small to midsize businesses in Omaha can’t shell out the resources to employ their own team of IT ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Local Omaha News

Why a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan is a must

Alyssa Sisco
Most often, we deal with disasters like ransomware infections or down servers. But lately, Nebraska residents and businesses are combating severe flooding. Although natural disasters are statistically less likely to destroy your tech equipment than malware, we have recently seen firsthand just how devastating natural disasters can be when they do strike. In fact, this image was taken by CoreTech staff member, Mike, near his home this week. When catastrophes like flooding occur, we become ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Local Omaha News

Is Unified Communications worth the investment?

Alyssa Sisco
Over 46% of companies are increasing their IT budget to invest in Unified Communications (UC). But, why? If so many businesses are convinced UC is the right place to invest their money, there must be some compelling reasons. So, let’s take a look at your business. What are your goals for the coming year(s)? Are you looking to improve productivity, efficiency, collaboration, customer service or client retention? Is your business currently growing or adding options for remote work? If this sounds ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Trends, Phone Systems

Do external devices have access to your business's internal network?

Alyssa Sisco
Any infected device that is connected to your internal network has the potential to infect all the other devices on that network. Last week, a third-party vendor brought in a device that when connected to CHI Health’s network, introduced malware to their system. The virus spread to different devices at some of their hospitals and clinics and affected browsers attempting to connect with the health system’s network.
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Do you know if your CEO’s email username and password are being sold on the dark web right now?

Alyssa Sisco
Do you know if your CEO’s email username and password are being sold on the dark web right now? How would you? Eventually, you’ll find out when you have to prevent finance from wiring a hacker - posing as your CEO - large sums of money. Or, you may find out after finance has already fallen for a CEO fraud phishing scam and wired a hacker money… But if there is a way for you to know when your CEO’s credentials are being sold in the first place, you can stop the scam before it even starts. Well, ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security