Summit Tech Blog

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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HR Departments Targeted with Payroll Diversion Scams

Is your HR department trained to combat cyber-crime?

A wide-spread fraud scheme has been making a comeback in recent months and it's specifically targeting the department responsible for making sure employees are paid on-time, every time. The IRS warns that direct deposit and wire transfer scams are becoming more prolific and are bypassing even the most sophisticated technical controls....

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Your computer is wiped clean. Get back up with backups.

Imagine walking into the office on a Monday morning and seeing that your computer has nothing on it. That weeks’ worth of complex excel calculations? Gone. Your client project that needs to get out the door today? Disappeared. The long list of unread emails? Poof. (Even though you might not be so upset about that).

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Who Hackers are Betting on for March Madness

The Cybercriminal's Final Four

Every year, March Madness is an enticing distraction for many employees. Whether your company embraces the championships as  morale boosting or puts a halt to distractions and unproductive behavior during the work day, it’s inevitable that March Madness is going to impact office productivity.

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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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