October 2016 Tech Flash

Posted by Theresa Hietpas

Oct 27, 2016 10:07:59 AM


FB image_OCT.jpgTime to prep for winter! The cold winter months are upon us so it's time to make sure our employees are ready! 

Welcome to the October edition of the Tech Flash. Here is where you will find articles and information to keep you informed on industry news as well as River Run happenings. If you have additional articles or information you would like to see made available to others, please send them to us!

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The holidays are just around the corner and River Run will be holding a Toy Drive this year to help support SaintA's!

SaintA's is a local company that provides foster care, education and mental health services for children and families in the southeastern Wisconsin area and beyond.

To donate to this wonderful cause please bring in a new, unwrapped toy valued at $15 by November 25th. The toys can be for infants or children up to 18 year olds. I will set up a drop box in the front lobby where you can bring your toys. Click here for the full flyer!


Examples of toys needed: 

Building Sets and Blocks  Basketballs, Footballs, Soccer Balls
Games and Puzzles Books
Arts and Crafts Sets $15 Gift Cards
Action Figures Cars, Trucks, and Tractors
Dinosaurs Super Hero Items
Dress up Items/Dolls Educational Toys

Help us make the holidays special for these children! We appreciate your generosity! Feel free to contact River Run if you have additional questions regarding this Toy Drive.




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Are Your Employees Ready for Remote Access?

Working remotely has become a topic of interest for many employees. Is your network ready?

Here are some steps to take to prepare your employees for working remotely and getting their job done.


1. Identify the software programs that are critical to your workflow. Confirm these programs are accessible via cloud apps or remote access to server.

2. Verify your phone can be forwarded to your remote location phone or have a backup phone line that is accessible to others.

3. Have an internal contact list prepared for how you can reach other employees and how they can reach you.

4. Check with your IT administrator to verify remote access to the network via VPN, RDP, join.me or another option that is available to you. Make sure to test this!

5. What equipment will you need to effectively do your job? Will you need access to a printer?

6. Do you have a backup internet option for accessing cloud services or network functionality? Is it encrypted and protected for security?

7. Is there a company policy in place for protecting data, using wifi, or limiting access to the network? Make sure this is tested and thoroughly reviewed.

Once these items are set up and tested, your employees should be ready to take their laptops or devices anywhere they need to work! 

So how can your company prepare for remote users? Create a checklist for what the employee(s) will need to log into the network, check the admin rights and develop a company policy for keeping your data safe.


Insider or Outsider Data Threats-Which is Worse?

Most of what you hear in the news are outsider attacks to larger companies. However, insider attacks are just as common. So which is worse? 

Protecting your data is important for all companies to value. It is easier to visualize preventing external threats by protecting the perimeter of your network with firewalls, closed ports and strong authentification. Insider threats are viewed as more difficult to detect and defend against. Security is focused on access control, authorization, and (often) device control. Inside attackers are typically trusted users, outsider attackers can be individuals or malware and viruses.

But when it comes down to security, both internal threats and external threats need to be taken into consideration! Securing your network perimeter and preventing external access is highly important but educating and informing your internal employees is also imperative. This will help to decrease your threats coming in and going out, but it will not eliminate them entirely. 

Continual education, securing passwords, testing your network and updating firewalls are only a few of the precautions to reduce the risk of an attack. In addition, having a good backup system in place will become critical in the event your data is compromised.



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Emails Containing Malware Spike 35% Worldwide by SC MAGAZINE

DDoS-sourced malware is on the rise, according to AppRiver's Q3 Global Security Report, which analyzed malware and spam trends in Q3 2016 (between July and September 2016).

for the full article, click here!




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15 Ways to Bring Zen to Work

Workdays are stressful enough let alone all the additional life distractions. Here are 15 easy ways to bring Zen to your workplace!




  1. Start your day with 10 minutes of sitting in meditation.
  2. Take the time to sit down and enjoy eating breakfast at home.
  3. Remind yourself every day of your gratitude for being alive and having 24 brand-new hours to live.
  4. Try not to divide your time into “my time” and “work.” All time can be your own time if you stay in the present moment and keep in touch with what’s happening in your body and mind. There’s no reason why your time at work should be any less pleasant than your time anywhere else.
  5. Resist the urge to make calls on your cell phone while on your way to and from work, or on your way to appointments. Allow yourself this time to just be with yourself, with nature and with the world around you.
  6. Arrange a breathing area at work where you can go to calm down, stop and have a rest. Take regular breathing breaks to come back to your body and to bring your thoughts back to the present.
  7. At lunchtime, eat only your food and not your fears or worries. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. Change environments. Go for a walk.
  8. Make a ritual out of drinking your tea. Stop work and look deeply into your tea to see everything that went into making it: the clouds and the rain, the tea plantations and the workers harvesting the tea.
  9. Before going to a meeting, visualize someone very peaceful, mindful and skillful being with you. Take refuge in this person to help stay calm and peaceful.
  10. If you feel anger or irritation, refrain from saying or doing anything straight away. Come back to your breathing and follow your in- and out-breath until you’ve calmed down.
  11. Practice looking at your boss, your superiors, your colleagues or your subordinates as your allies and not as your enemies. Recognize that working collaboratively brings more satisfaction and joy than working alone. Know that the success and happiness of everyone is your own success.
  12. Express your gratitude and appreciation to your colleagues regularly for their positive qualities. This will transform the whole work environment, making it much more harmonious and pleasant for everyone.
  13. Try to relax and restore yourself before going home so you don’t bring accumulated negative energy or frustration home with you.
  14. Take some time to relax and come back to yourself when you get home before starting on household chores. Recognize that multitasking means you’re never fully present for any one thing. Do one thing at a time and give it your full attention.
  15. At the end of the day, keep a journal of all the good things that happened in your day. Water your seeds of joy and gratitude regularly so they can grow.



David Scott.jpegWhat's new at River Run?

Meet David Scott!

We are excited to have David Scott join our team! David is our newest Systems Specialist on Team Gemini! Previously, David was a Lead Technical Instructor for over 3 years. Welcome to the Team! 




chili pepper.jpg1st Annual Chili Cookoff!

First Annual Chili Cookoff! Who can resist a good pot of chili on a cold wintry day?! Our River Run team will be going head to head in our first chili cookoff. Find out who wins in November's Tech Flash! 






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The River Run Team was able to raise over $3,431.66!
It was a fun (but cold and rainy) night for everyone there!

As everyone gathered around with their lit lanterns, the mood was very electric! We were all there to support a great cause and work towards finding a cure. 

Our River Run team consisted of Paul Riedl, Kevin Brickler, Steph Menge, Casey Schroeder, Dave Bullis, Clare Buss, Shaun Kamps, Josh Orlopp, Dan Duffey, Rene Salvo, and Eudora Inman. 

River Run was able to participate in the event in 2015 and continues to be part of this organization. Want to be involved? If you are interested in donating to this cause or want to start your own walking team, follow this link.

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night ® Walk funds research to find cures and ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.


Thanks for reading our October Tech Flash! Hope you enjoyed the articles! Please contact us by email or phone with any questions or suggestions!


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