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Technology Unwrapped

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

Watch Out as IRS Tax Phishing Scams Grow

Camryn Mottl
Have you filed your business or personal taxes yet? Either way, this time of year remains one of the most popular for phishing scams. Be certain you’re staying off the hook by watching out for these tax-related scams and phishing emails.
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Topics: Trends, Finance

Watch Out for Ukrainian Email Scams!

Camryn Mottl
People around the world are finding ways to help Ukrainians who are fleeing their homes after the Russian invasion. Polish parents are leaving strollers at the train station for incoming Ukrainian mothers. Nonprofits, such as Nova Ukraine, are raising funds for medical supplies, food, and cots with blankets. Others are getting creative by purchasing several nights at Airbnb’s so families and groups of people can have a safe place to stay.   Unfortunately, malicious hackers are using this crisis ...
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Topics: Security Threats, Owners & Managers, Trends

7 Pros and Cons of Working from Home Long-Term

CoreTech Staff
You’ve no doubt noticed that working from home has several advantages, but, as with anything, there are also a few downsides as well. During the current pandemic, both sides of the equation have likely surfaced at one point or another.   Depending on your work style and your actual job responsibilities, you may love working from home or hate it, so we’ve detailed seven pros and seven cons of working from your home office, dining room or—let’s admit it—your couch.  
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Topics: The Workplace, Trends

Microsoft Teams for Healthcare Practitioners: Bringing Secure Collaboration to Your Entire Organization

CoreTech Staff
If you own or help manage a healthcare organization, you understand the importance of security, compliance, and thorough, thoughtful communication across your entire staff. You work with numerous patients every single day, and shuffle through information in droves in order to provide the best possible care experience.  
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Trends

Zero Trust Policy: Why Your SMB Needs One

CoreTech Staff
As widespread work-from-home arrangements for knowledge workers continue, traditional perimeter-based security models are no longer viable.   Organizations today need a new model that effectively adapts to the changing/complex modern environment, embraces the mobile workforce, and protects people, devices, applications, and data wherever they are located. 
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Topics: Trends, Network Security

7 Technology Challenges SMBs Will Face in Late 2021

Chris Vilim
The world is reopening, and it has brought up several new technology challenges. Businesses are making intentional decisions about: Where and how they do their best work How to keep their systems secure How to keep them operational How to keep employees happy Here’s what I anticipate as the seven greatest challenges for SMBs throughout the rest of 2021.
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Topics: Owners & Managers, The Workplace, Trends, Technology Planning

What is Ransomware-as-a-Service (RaaS)?

CoreTech Staff
Ransomware has now become the largest cyber security threat to businesses.  With worldwide attention from attacks such as JBS, Colonial Pipeline and most recently, Kaseya VSA, it seems ransomware is making headlines every day.  However, these high profile attacks not only showcase how advanced ransomware has become, but also the extensive damage it can have. 
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Topics: Security Threats, Trends

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

How has Microsoft Teams Transformed the Unified Communications Landscape?

Jason Hahn
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the service, support and new deployment of IT and voice systems has changed quite a bit.   Bridging the distance between the deployment group and the customer has never been as complicated as it was the past year. There have been many bridges to build, cross and even invent. Not to mention pitfalls to navigate. 
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Topics: Microsoft Products, Trends

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