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Technology Unwrapped

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

Is Your Voice and Data Cabling Up to Code?

Rick Shepherd
When it comes to installing voice and data cabling, there is more to take into consideration than just performance – you also need to consider safety codes and standards. No business wants to spend thousands of dollars on cabling just to find out they used the wrong type in the wrong area and have to shell out more money to redo the work properly. Cat5 and Cat6 cables most commonly come with two types of jackets: CMR and CMP. Their safety ratings are defined by the NEC (National Electrical ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers

Aligning Cyber Security with your Business Strategy

CoreTech Staff
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

Why You Should Keep Your Managed Service Provider (MSP) in the Loop

Derek Warak
When it comes to managing your business, there are so many things to monitor and keep track of. Supplies need to be stocked, office space must be organized and used efficiently, employees need to be kept happy and morale needs to remain high. One additional thing that should be done - but is often overlooked - is making sure your MSP is kept up-to-date on employees leaving the company.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace

Why Your Small Business Should Care About Malware

CoreTech Staff
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 there's a cyber attack every 39 seconds. and the damage malware can cause to an unprepared business can shut ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Owners & Managers

Why a Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery Plan is a must

CoreTech Staff
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

Why You Should Use A Single Managed Service Provider (MSP)

Derek Warak
One MSP for voice and data is almost necessary in today’s world. Now that everything is connected through integrations, if one application stops working, it can hold up your entire process. You need to be able to have issues identified and resolved as quickly as possible, to maintain the flow of business. Not only does downtime cut down on productivity, it also puts people in a grumpy mood. According to a survey from the National Small Business Association, 41% of companies said that their ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Trends

What we can learn about cybersecurity from the government shutdown

CoreTech Staff
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 ...
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Topics: Owners & Managers, Network Security

10 Tips for Tightening the Financial Controls of Your Business

CoreTech Staff
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: Staff Training, Security Threats, Owners & Managers

What Options Do I Have for Using the Cloud?

CoreTech Staff
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

A Cabling Guide for Your Business [+ Infographic]

Rick Shepherd
The cabling in your business is mainly out of sight. It's hidden in walls, ceilings and maybe in conduits. Understandably, most people don’t give it much thought. Nevertheless, voice and data cabling is a very important piece of running a business. It directly impacts the work that your business is able to do. Additionally, the cabling industry has seen some dramatic changes over time. Check out the infographic below to learn what you should take into consideration when making cabling decisions ...
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Topics: Equipment Purchases, Owners & Managers, Phone Systems