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Technology Unwrapped

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

Chris Vilim

Chris Vilim

President, Chris Vilim, and his team at CoreTech are celebrating 19 years in business. With 25+ years of experience, Chris’s background includes project management, business process analysis, technology systems engineering, cloud technology design & implementation, and business oversight.

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What Can Your Small Business Do Now to Secure Your IT Network?

Chris Vilim
Small businesses are often uniquely vulnerable to cyber threats due to limited resources and IT personnel. When a company is focused solely on day-to-day operations, it may lack the bandwidth to perform needed security checks and stay apprised of potential threats. But a strategic security plan, whether developed in-house or by a managed service provider (MSP), can prevent attacks and protect your business.  Here are a few important actions you can take now to secure your business’s network.
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Topics: Network Security, Alert

Does Your Business Need IT Consulting?

Chris Vilim
Many small business owners consider IT consulting simply as a “nice to have” service for those with extra money in their IT budgets. But the truth is that, while these services weren’t a necessity in the past, they have become more important for small and midsize businesses that want to remain secure and competitive in today’s tech-driven marketplace.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Technology Planning

What is a Managed Firewall? And Why Hire an IT Provider to Purchase It?

Chris Vilim
A firewall is an essential part of any business IT system. This physical piece of hardware secures your access to the internet, helping prevent unauthorized and malicious users from accessing your system and files. In the past, businesses worried about external actors gaining access to their systems. Today, it is just as important for businesses to make sure that the people within their organization are using the internet securely.
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Quick Tip: Are Your Documents Auto-saving to OneDrive?

Chris Vilim
Microsoft strives to make it easier for you to save Office 365 files and documents to the cloud, simplifying your storage solutions and making your data available from anywhere with a reliable Internet connection. Microsoft does this through OneDrive, their integrated cloud storage solution. And while it can be a handy tool, using OneDrive can sometimes inadvertently change some of your default settings. Are your documents not saving where you would like them to? You can easily change your ...
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Topics: Microsoft Products

Getting the Most out of Managed IT Security Services

Chris Vilim
It takes more than just a firewall or antivirus software to protect your business from today’s more sophisticated cyber threats. If you want to reduce your risk of attack, you need to have a layered security solution that works to protect your networks, devices and data from every vantage point.
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Topics: Network Security, Technology Planning

What Your Small Business Needs to Know About the Future of Managed IT Services

Chris Vilim
Whether you are currently working with a managed service provider (MSP) or you plan to work with one in the future, it’s important to understand how MSPs are evolving to provide more secure, efficient and productive IT services for small business. Understanding the future of managed IT services will help your small business prepare for changes that may affect you. Here’s what small business owners need to know about the future of managed IT and IT service providers.
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Topics: Technology Planning

7 Ways to Get the Most Value from Your Managed IT Services Contract

Chris Vilim
Managed service providers (MSPs) can provide a lot of value for companies that need outsourced IT support. A managed IT services contract details the ongoing services the MSP will provide to the company. And, while these service contracts offer a range of benefits for organizations, not every business is getting the full value from their contract.  Below, we’ll detail how you can get the most value from your MSP contract, as well as discuss signs that your MSP is helping you get your money’s ...
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Topics: Technology Planning

Questions You Need to Ask When Interviewing an IT Security Consulting Firm

Chris Vilim
A layered approach to cyber security is more secure, but it is also more complex. If you do not have adequate resources or team members with IT security experience, the best way you can protect your business from security threats is by hiring a managed service provider (MSP) for IT security. A managed IT security provider has the knowledge, experience and resources to help keep your business protected from cyber security threats.
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Topics: Network Security, Technology Planning

3 Benefits of Network Monitoring for Better Security and Performance

Chris Vilim
A network outage causes downtime that can significantly impact your company’s bottom line. Not only do performance issues impact business productivity, but if they are tied to security issues, there may be more at stake — like your company’s data and reputation. That’s why network monitoring is a necessity for any small to midsize business. With a network monitoring solution in place, your business can stay ahead of performance or security issues and fix them before they become a bigger ...
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Topics: Network Security

Understanding New Policy Changes Shaping IT Security

Chris Vilim
Cybercrime has become one of the greatest threats to modern businesses. As the prevalence of malicious cyber activity continues to increase, so does its toll on companies. In fact, it is estimated that cybercrime will cost the world $6 trillion annually by 2021. Regulatory and governing entities are starting to take notice as they begin to enact new rules and regulations to keep this type of crime at bay. With these new policy changes in place, it is possible that your organization may be ...
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Topics: Network Security, Law