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Technology Unwrapped

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

What is a VPN, and How Does it Work?

Aaron Wagner
Many companies have been working remotely for over a year now—some with no plan to return to the office. As others plan to return to normal, others still are getting the best of both worlds with a hybrid approach. No matter what work model your office adopts, security is still a crucial component of your company’s technology setup. As part of their security efforts, many companies use VPNs for their employees to connect to the office network.
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Topics: The Workplace, Network Security

What Can We Learn From the New Executive Order on Cyber Security?

Chris Vilim
SolarWinds, the Microsoft Exchange Server hack, and now the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack, among scores of other cyber security attacks and breaches, have led to President Joe Biden passing an executive order (EO) on cyber security.   This executive order, while not asking anything revolutionary, is a step in the right direction for our federal government, and many SMBs should take note of the items emphasized to better protect their own data and IT systems from the increasingly complex ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

How to Avoid Being Socially Engineered

Kaitlin Schneider
Social engineering attacks are increasing in inboxes everywhere, and it’s vital that your employees know how to spot these manipulation attempts.   In fact, according to an expert panel from Digital Guardian, only 3 percent of attackers try to exploit technical components and devices.   What about the other 97 percent?  
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

4 Email Security Best Practices

Ryan Aiken
Email is one of the most important tools used for business communication. Because of that, it is also one of the most common causes of a security breach. With that said, there are several methods and services available to protect yourself from being exploited by a hacker. What practices should you follow? This article will explain 4 of the best practices for email security.
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Basic IT Security Policy Recommendations

Wynn Obermeyer
In this golden age of technology, companies can run a completely virtual business without ever opening a physical store. However, online businesses come with vulnerabilities and risks that can threaten your company’s security and livelihood. All businesses, small and large, are at risk for security breaches every day. Threats like ransomware and phishing can lead to detrimental damages to a company.  In fact, within six months of a cyber attack, 60 percent of small and midsize businesses (SMBs) ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security, Technology Planning

Top 5 Cyber Security Threats for Real Estate Companies

Kaitlin Schneider
Having recently purchased a house with my fiancé, I have witnessed firsthand how complex and involved the real estate process can get, as well as how many potential cyber security risks arise during a real estate transaction. Whether your real estate company sells residential or commercial properties, security of your contacts and data is critical. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

What You Need to Know About the Dark Web, Deep Web, and Surface Web

Kaitlin Schneider
Every organization conducts business online, but you may not realize that the Web is much larger and more complex than most of us are aware of. In fact, the portion of the web that you use for day-to-day activity is just the tip of the iceberg.   There’s also the deep web, and the malevolent-sounding dark web.   It’s important to understand the differences among the surface web, the deep web and the dark web, as well as what you can do to protect your information from ending up for sale on the ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

6 Motivations of Cyber Criminals

Kaitlin Schneider
If you’ve read about recent cyber attacks in the news, you might be wondering why cyber criminals try to hack into other systems and what motivates them.   If you can understand some of their motivations a little more clearly, along with who is most likely to be targeting your specific organization, you can bolster your defenses and be ready for whatever the threat landscape throws your way.  
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Stay Alert to Compromised Credentials with Dark Web Monitoring

CoreTech Staff
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

How Does Artificial Intelligence Impact SMB Cyber Security?

Kaitlin Schneider
To simplify and automate some processes, many fields of business, like marketing and customer service, are taking advantage of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to make their daily work processes easier and smoother.   But there’s another crucial industry that’s heavily impacted by artificial intelligence: cyber security.   With the array of IT security solutions that utilize AI becoming more readily available, you can expect small and medium-sized businesses to have access to ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security