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Lessons Learned on the Farm

Posted by Seth Ritter on Sep 14, 2020 12:33:54 PM

How Shortcuts Can Turn Into Headaches – Whether That Be in Cattle Driving or CALEA Compliance.

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Topics: Network Monitoring, Carrier, NOC, CALEA

Monitoring Generator Fuel Saves BIG Money

Posted by Doug Kuntz on Sep 14, 2020 12:32:30 PM

Monitoring Generator Fuel Usage Results in Savings for Nex-Tech

Nex-Tech is no different than most Telcos, and performs generator run tests on a regular basis. This practice ensures generators are within operational standards in the event of a power outage. During these tests, we have seen our share of generators fail. Common failures are not starting as scheduled, not turning off after the run test, or even running low on fuel. These can result in network downtime in the event of a power outage.

Documenting generator information has become a regular practice for us over the years and the data can often lead to the detection of issues.

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Topics: Network Monitoring, Carrier, NOC, CALEA

Cordell 2020 Summer/Fall Newsletter

Posted by Bill Mathews on Aug 17, 2020 9:54:12 AM

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Topics: Nex-Tech, Advertising Solutions, Network Monitoring, Carrier, Cybersecurity, NOC, CALEA, Security, Business, Tech Tips, Search Engine Optimization, Communication, cybercrime

What's Going On at Tech Edge 2020—The Big Picture

Posted by Sara Johnson on Jun 16, 2020 9:50:45 AM

Cloud Telephony - Now's the Time

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Topics: Advertising Solutions, Cloud phone, Cybersecurity, Security, Business, SecureIT, Tech Tips, Communication, cybercrime, Phishing

Funny Memes or Phishing, Identity Theft and Exploitation?

Posted by Olga Detrixhe on Jun 16, 2020 8:48:30 AM

The article Funny Memes or Phishing, Identity Theft and Exploitation? was published online by TK Business Magazine, Topeka, on April 30, 2020.

We have all noticed a surge in funny Facebook memes and games while sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. They are so clever and ridiculously tempting to click-and-share or click-and-play along. But here is the rub. There is an increased likelihood that clicking, playing, and entering information really just opens the door wide open for cyber predators to get your information. Read the full article.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Security, SecureIT, Tech Tips, cybercrime, Phishing

Do Cybercriminals Really Care About Me?

Posted by Olga Detrixhe on Jun 16, 2020 8:40:55 AM

Cybercrime is everywhere. We know it and you know it, but deep down, many of us still think we’re either too small or unimportant to be a target. Think again. You were never safe from cyber criminals, but when the new year rolled into March and COVID-19 became the only news, your small business moved to the front of the cyber criminal’s hack-line.

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Security, SecureIT, Tech Tips, cybercrime, Phishing

An Interview With Steve Riat On the State of Technology

Posted by Olga Detrixhe on Jun 16, 2020 8:40:01 AM

Steve Riat, Director of Sales at Nex-Tech, leads B2B revenue streams and market initiatives. He has been a featured speaker by Intel, Microsoft and SonicWALL for his unique ability to integrate business and technology. Steve has been involved with peer and mentoring programs for over 15 years and currently leads two national Technology Peer Groups. An entertaining and motivating speaker, Steve speaks and facilitates seminars on technology, business growth and culture.

Olga Detrixhe: Steve, tell us a little bit more about your role at Nex-Tech. What do you do day-to-day?  

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Topics: Cybersecurity, Security, SecureIT, Tech Tips, cybercrime, Phishing

Top 10 Reasons to Attend Tech Edge

Posted by Sara Johnson on Jun 16, 2020 8:38:28 AM
  1. Chief of Good Listening, Lilly the Basset Hound, is attending. Meet her in Dustin’s Schlaefli’s tell-all marketing chat room and put her knowledge to the test.
  2. It is easier to look like you’re working if you are attending Tech Edge. Mostly, because you will be. These sessions are guaranteed to up your game.
  3. You want to learn how to use your surveillance camera to watch baby owls in your yard. Check out Nate’s sessions or ask Shannon—he is doing exactly that.
  4. You want to win $100. Good news—you can. There is a chance in every single session!
  5. You were going to run a marathon but they changed the date. You can tune in and still run in circles—cameras are off and we will not judge.
  6. You just watched us go back to outer space. Now you want crush your workspace. No problem. Keep calm and get your Teams on.
  7. You are feeling grumpy and dumpy because that epic vacation just got cancelled. Instead, get your tickets out and board the "Leader-Ship." Eric Townsend will not take you to Maui, but he’ll be sure to stop at Resiliencecity, Home Officeston and Teamsville.
  8. Howling at the moon is hard to do during the day. But if you are feeling a little stir-crazy, make new friends like Mike Pollock, our COO, and Allan Reiter, our Net Ops guru. They will be in the tech chat room. And it is not just for techies.
  9. Your cat is looking at you like you got fired. Why else would you be home so much? Well, you show her. You are spending ALL morning getting smarter. For free!
  10. Tech Edge 2020—more fun than email, spreadsheets, and any report you will ever do!
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Topics: Advertising Solutions, Cloud phone, Cybersecurity, Security, Business, SecureIT, Tech Tips, Communication, cybercrime, Phishing

Autonomous Cars and Autonomous Networks — Not Quite?

Posted by Doug Kuntz on Jun 3, 2020 8:53:33 AM

What an Intelligent Driver Assistance System and Network Monitoring Have in Common.

Right before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, I traveled to Portland, Oregon to attend the ITA Showcase Northwest Telecommunications Trade Show. I arrived during the weekend so I could schedule meetings first thing Monday morning with clients in the Portland area. With this being my first time to Oregon, I was excited about being able to explore the area on Sunday before I would have to go to work.

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Topics: Network Monitoring, Carrier, NOC, CALEA

50 Years A Lifetime

Posted by Seth Ritter on May 21, 2020 8:39:34 AM

What the Chiefs History and Network Monitoring Have in Common.

The date was January 7, 1996. The temperature was 0 degrees Fahrenheit with a wind chill of negative 15 degrees at kickoff. The location: Arrowhead stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. It was the Divisional round of the NFL playoffs on the AFC side. My father had decided that I was old enough to join him and his two brothers on this trip. There are a few things that 6-year-old me remembers from that game.

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Topics: Network Monitoring, Carrier, NOC, CALEA