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Technology Unwrapped

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

AI-Designed Deepfakes Present New Terrain for Cyber Threat Landscape

CoreTech Staff
Since they started showing up online in 2017, deepfakes have been sprouting up with more frequency.  While many of the examples that you see on YouTube and TikTok are uncanny and entertaining manipulations of face-swapped celebrities dubbed with each other’s voices, the eerie technology behind the phenomenon has the potential for serious cyber security risks for SMBs.  In one 2019 instance, an energy company in the United Kingdom was scammed out of $243,000, an amount one employee thought he ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Trends

Identifying TrickBot Hinges on Your Ability to Recognize Phishing Emails

Angela Wight
The first step towards protecting yourself and your business is awareness. What types of scams are circulating? What are hackers pushing out and seeing results on? What tricks should I be watching out for?  One particularly "tricky" cyber threat, TrickBot, has evolved and taken different forms over the years. It’s even been crippled by Microsoft, who shut down its servers in October 2020.  However, TrickBot is back, and it’s something you need to be able to recognize. 
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Topics: Security Threats

Scam Alert: Keep an Eye Out During the 2021 Tax Season

CoreTech Staff
Normally, tax season is a special occasion for cyber criminals to ramp up their scam efforts, but cyber scams have been consistent throughout the last year due to the political climate, the pandemic and now, the distribution of a vaccine.   Throw in tax season, and hackers have considerable fodder for numerous cyber scams.  
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Topics: Security Threats, Trends, Finance

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?

CoreTech Staff
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

SolarWinds Breach Underscores Need for Vigilant SMB Cyber Security Practices

CoreTech Staff
Many cyber security frontrunners and government agencies are calling the SolarWinds breach one of the most sophisticated attacks they have ever witnessed. Its global reach, to organizations of all sizes, stresses the importance of an optimized, layered cyber security strategy.   In today’s post, I’m going to detail what happened in the SolarWinds breach, why it matters and how you can keep your SMB safe from cyber security attacks with the right solutions. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Data Breach, Network Security

Cyber Security Threats to Watch Out for in 2021

CoreTech Staff
2020 proved to be a difficult year for many businesses, particularly with regard to IT and cyber security. From managing remote working solutions to ensuring that IT systems were flexible to meet the ongoing uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, business owners have had to make many unforeseen changes. And as the fraught year of 2020 drew to a close, a sophisticated cyberattack on third-party software from Solarwinds, used by companies large and small across the U.S., resulted in numerous ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Why Your SMB Should Care about Ransomware

CoreTech Staff
2020 has been an unexpected, topsy-turvy year for everyone running a business. From moving to remote models to digital marketing, a lot of businesses are conducting a majority of their business online.   With that digital shift comes more pronounced vulnerabilities to cyber attacks, and one of the most noteworthy tactics criminals have turned to is ransomware. In fact, it is now the most common type of cyber security incident threatening small-midsized businesses.   Read on to learn more about ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Your Business's Devices and IT Systems: Are You Taking the Right Precautions?

Wynn Obermeyer
Managing information systems and security is a top priority for every business owner in order to protect both business operations and client data. But knowing if you have the right cyber security solutions in place to provide this protection may not be readily apparent, particularly if you do not have an IT expert on your team. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security

Why You Need a Security Risk Assessment

Wynn Obermeyer
Cyber security remains a top concern for all businesses, big and small. After all, cyber criminals work 24/7 to steal your business data. As such, it’s imperative to routinely evaluate your cyber security to make sure it’s up to the task of warding off attacks. And while protecting your data is the ultimate goal, conducting an IT security risk assessment offers many other benefits as well. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Network Security