Appalachia Technologies Blog

Appalachia Technologies team is comprised of a diverse mix of IT professionals, some of whom have been on the forefront of IT since the industry’s inception. Through the years, our team has developed a wide array of experience in understanding individual needs and how they relate to your business.

The Most Dangerous Myths About Cloud Data Backup


For businesses, Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solutions offer unparalleled opportunities to enhance efficiency, scalability and overall operations. However, growing  SaaS backup-related misconceptions also have the potential to hurt your business growth.

In this blog, we’ll shed light on some SaaS-related truths you simply cannot afford to ignore. Let's dive in.

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NIST CSF 2.0 (Part 2) - Webinar Breakdown and Insights

In late February, NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) released the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF) 2.0, a considerable update since its creation in 2014.  To help our cybersecurity community and businesses digest the changes, Mike Miller and a team from Appalachia Technologies recently held a lunch and learn webinar.  The webinar provided a mixture of voices and perspectives.  After the event, we asked each member of the panel for their thoughts on what’s most important about NIST CSF 2.0 and the discussions that came from the webinar. 

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How to Beef Up Your Incident Response Plan

Are you prepared to face a cybersecurity breach, a natural disaster or a system failure?

Such disruptive events can strike at any moment, causing chaos and confusion.

But don’t worry. With an effective incident response plan in place, you can handle any incident with confidence.

This blog is intended to help you enhance your plan simply and straightforwardly. So, let’s dive in and make sure you’re ready for whatever comes your way.

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Don’t Make These Incident Response Planning Mistakes

Worried about cyberattacks hitting your business? You're not alone.

Cyberattacks pose a real danger to businesses like yours and without a solid incident response plan, your business won’t be able to recover quickly, resulting in extensive losses. The good news, however, is that an incident response plan can help.

Through this blog, we’ll show you the common mistakes, myths and misconceptions that can stop you from building a strong response plan. We’ll also share simple solutions that will help you safely navigate cyber challenges.

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NIST CSF 2.0 (Part 1) – What’s Changed and What to Do About It

The NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) Cybersecurity Framework, developed in early 2014, is a framework widely respected and used across organizations in the United States.  Over the years, revisions have been made – version 1.1 was drafted in 2017 and adopted in 2018, and talk around a more significant update in the form of 2.0 began sometime in 2023.  And finally, this February the NIST CSF 2.0 was officially released – so what does this even mean?  And why does it matter?

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CISO Masterminds - A Presenter's Perspective


In late February, the CISO Masterminds met for the Spring Summit Event in Hollywood, Florida.  Founded by Jason Starr, CISO Masterminds gathers CISOs from across the nation to provide opportunities for deep conversation and exchange that ultimately allow CISOs to better serve their organizations.  Appalachia has been honored to be afforded the opportunity to participate in events and serve as expert speakers.

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The Hidden Costs of Ineffective Data Management


In today's business landscape, data isn't just power -- it's the very lifeline that fuels business decisions, drives innovations and shapes strategies. However, businesses often find it difficult to effectively manage the vast amounts of data they hold, and that's where data management comes into play.

Simply put, data management is all about collecting, storing and analyzing data in the most efficient way possible to help businesses like yours make informed decisions, optimize operations and unlock invaluable insights.

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A Deep Dive Into Data Governance


In the world of business, your data holds the key to understanding customers, market trends and internal operations. Making the most of this information is crucial for improving customer experience, driving innovation and enhancing overall productivity.

You can unlock the full potential of your digital data with efficient data management and data governance.

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Tackling the Hidden Challenges of Network Monitoring


Your network is your business’s lifeline.

A healthy and secure network is critical for seamless communication and operational efficiency. That’s why it’s crucial to proactively identify issues and optimize performance through continuous network security monitoring.

However, as you keep a close watch, you’ll discover many issues lurking beneath the surface. In this blog, we’ll take a look at these hidden challenges and how to tackle them to ensure robust network security.

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Appalachia Technologies Recognized on CRN’s 2024 MSP 500 List


Press Release

Mechanicsburg, PA, February 15, 2024 — Appalachia Technologies, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Appalachia Technologies to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category for 2024.

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Bolster Cyber Defenses With Routine Security Tests


Businesses today face a range of cybersecurity threats, from social engineering attacks like phishing to sophisticated ransomware. For business leaders like you, protecting your network is crucial since it is the lifeline of your business. Any vulnerability in your network can compromise your sensitive data, operational integrity and stakeholder trust. That's why you must understand and address these threats through proactive measures, such as routine security scans and network testing.

In this blog, we'll discuss the role of a robust network and demystify network testing intricacies.

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Key Considerations When Selecting the Right Cyber Insurance Coverage


Is your business prepared to confront today’s growing cybersecurity threats?

Although adopting the latest technologies and industry trends is undoubtedly crucial, it is equally important to ensure that your business has the best cyber liability insurance. Think of it as an invisible shield protecting your business from devastating losses. However, to harness its full potential and ensure robust protection, it is critical to have a nuanced understanding of it.

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How to Ensure Your Cyber Insurance Pays Out

How to Ensure Your Cyber Insurance Pays Out How to Ensure Your Cyber Insurance Pays Out

In the current digital environment, where cyber threats are commonplace, it makes perfect sense to have cyber liability insurance. However, just having a policy in place doesn’t guarantee a smooth claims process.

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How Effectively Managing Risk Bolsters Cyber Defenses


In today’s rapidly evolving digital landscape, where cyberthreats and vulnerabilities continually emerge, it’s obvious that eliminating all risk is impossible. Yet, there’s a powerful strategy that can help address your organization’s most critical security gaps, threats and vulnerabilities — comprehensive cyber risk management.

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How to Achieve Strategic Cyber Risk Management With NIST CSF


Keeping sensitive data and critical tech safe from cyberattacks is crucial for businesses like yours. Your survival and growth depend on how well your organization can withstand cyberthreats. That's where cyber risk management comes into play.

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Top Technologies Driving Digital Transformation


When creating a budget for your business, it’s important to remember that technology costs are more than just operational expenses. They should be considered an investment that can drive your organization toward unprecedented productivity, growth, and profitability.

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How Social Media Misuse Can Harm Your Business


Social media has significantly transformed the way we communicate and do business. However, this growing popularity also comes with potential risks that could cause harm to businesses like yours.

Unfortunately, many organizations remain unaware of these rapidly evolving challenges. In this blog, we will explore the dangers associated with social media and share practical tips to safeguard your organization’s reputation and financial stability so that you can safely reap the benefits of social media platforms.

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Appalachia Technologies to host a live event, Appalachia Advance2023, on November 2, 2023


Grantville, PA:  On Thursday, November 2, Appalachia Technologies will host its 2nd annual in-person cybersecurity summit at the Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course.  This free event will bring together regional business owners, CIOs, CISOs, and IT Security Leaders.  

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A Deep Dive Into Phishing Scams


Phishing scams remain one of the most prevalent and successful types of cyberattacks today, so being aware of the danger they pose to businesses like yours is extremely crucial. Your business could easily be the next victim if you don't clearly understand how threat actors leverage phishing emails.

In this blog, you'll learn the intent behind phishing emails, the various types of phishing attacks, and most importantly, how you can secure your email and business.

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Be Aware of These Top AI Cyber-Risks


The rise of AI has sparked a revolution. Everyone, from industry giants to smaller enterprises, is captivated and eager to leverage AI’s endless possibilities.

However, amid the celebrations of AI’s merits, let’s not ignore its potential risks. A new array of cyberthreats emerges when intricate AI algorithms cross paths with malicious cyber elements. From AI-powered phishing schemes to ultra-realistic deepfakes, these dangers serve as a reminder to stay vigilant and prepared.

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News & Updates

Press Release Mechanicsburg, PA, February 15, 2024 — Appalachia Technologies, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named Appalachia Technologies to its Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category for 2024.

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