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Marjorie Valin

Marjorie Valin, our VP of Marketing, brings 25 years of marketing and communications expertise to Summit and our clients, across multiple industry sectors including cyber security, associations and nonprofits, higher education, healthcare, financial and legal services. She helps define, direct and implement marketing strategy, content development, social media and communications based on business and branding objectives. From Fortune 500 companies to startups, Marjorie provides our clients with a depth of consulting expertise that extends well beyond IT and security.

Recent Posts

What Should I Be Spending on Technology    and Security?

An IT Cost Comparison for Small Business and Nonprofits

We manage IT and security for close to 200 businesses and nonprofits in Maryland, DC and VA, but for the purpose of this article, we have no horse in this race. We are simply trying to answer the question we get with increasing frequency: “how much should I budget for IT and security?”

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Can My Ring Home Security System be Hacked?

By Marjorie Valin| August 5, 2019 |

Important information for smart home devices

While video monitoring may bring peace of mind to home and business owners, the digital technology that has made it possible also has created new security concerns. In the case of Amazon’s Ring video doorbell, a major security flaw was discovered that left homeowners vulnerable to spying and other malicious activities. While Amazon patched that...

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2019 Amazon Prime Day Offers: Real or Fake?

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is nearly upon us, and with it, the annual uptick in cyber threats.  The shopping juggernaut starts at 12a.m. PST, Monday, July 15 and ends at 11:59 PST, Tuesday July 16th.  The blitz of promotional emails, online ads, and blogs linked to special deals are not only irresistible to shoppers, but to hackers who feed on high emotions and a sense of urgency.

Here’s the...

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How a Non-Profit's Good Idea Led to an App with a Big Impact

An app that finds financial help for seriously ill patients 

The Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation offers nearly 70 disease-specific assistance programs to help eligible patients with life-threatening, chronic and rare diseases pay out-of-pocket-costs for treatment. Since its founding in 2004, PAN has provided nearly 1 million underinsured patients with over $3 billion in financial...

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Three Consultants No Business Can Be Without

There are two professionals every business needs to avoid preventable risks: an attorney and an accountant. For businesses and nonprofits alike, add cybersecurity consultant to this crucial advisory group.

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How Long Does it Take to Crack Your Password?

Less and Less Time

 For a Baltimore area religious order, it took no time at all to crack their passwords, because members had stored them in the nifty Password section of this paper planner. When one member left it behind at church, it somehow got into the hands of, let’s call him a “less than devout” person, and it wasn’t long before that religious institution was hacked.

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Dogfooding: Why We Use Our IT Products First

Ever heard of “eating your own dog food” or "dogfooding” for short? The expression means using your own products to test them in a real-world environment before you introduce them to customers.

It’s thought the term originated with a 1970s TV commercial in which actor Lorne Green endorsed Alpo dog food by pointing out his own dogs eat it. Since then, companies large and small have adopted this...

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It's National Data Privacy Day. Wishful Thinking?

Today, January 28, is National Data Privacy Day, the annual date devoted to raising awareness about the use (or misuse) of our personal data and the importance of keeping it private. Many would argue that ship has sailed.

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‘Appy App Day!

National App Day? Yep, it’s a thing.

Each year, December 11 is set aside to celebrate all those time-saving, time-wasting tools that make life easier, more entertaining and occasionally annoying.

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Finding the Right IT Security Company for your Business

Unless your organization is the last business on U.S. soil that does not require computers, applications, or the Internet, IT security has become your new cost of doing business. Reliance on technology has made IT security essential in keeping your organization free from disruption. 

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