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Why TAMs make our Business Different Than Our Competitors

The IT support industry is filled with companies touting the technical certifications and overall “geek”ery of their staffs. But highly technical employees have led, rightly in some cases, to the comical stereotypes of tech support that you see in this short clip!

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TAM Spotlight: Chris Hollis

As the Director for our Technical Account Managers (TAMs), I see the work they do for our customers every day. I think of our TAMs as the “lighthouses” for our customers. They alert the ABS team when something hits their radar. They light the way proactively about future issues and creative strategies. Read more

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Multi-Factor Authentication for Office 365

Multi-factor authentication (MFA) is a method of authentication that requires the use of an additional verification method and adds a second form of security to user sign-ins, transactions, and activity. Office 365 offers MFA for all of their programs and we recommend you implement this feature. Not only does this extra method of verification provide maximum security but it allows the Microsoft 365 Admin Center to manage and access all activity from the suite. Here is all of the information our team wants you to know about this level of authentication for Office 365. Read more

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What to Do Before Windows 7 Reaches End of Support

Microsoft will be ending support for Windows 7 on January 14, 2020. The move to Windows 10 requires change and we understand the challenge it will be for those who have been using the older operating system for the past decade. This is why we are here to help you with a few tips and insights on how to make the transition. Our team is at work every day helping our customers make the change and we can assist you with any issues or questions you may have. If you’re ready to connect to create a plan to move away from Windows 7, click here. Read below to better understand what Windows 7 end of life support means for your business.

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Making Clifton Home: A New Era at ABS

ABS was founded nearly 25 years ago in founder Mark Lewis’ basement. Over the years, ABS grew from a team of one to now a team of over 100 technology experts. After outgrowing Mark’s home, the ABS team spent 18 challenging yet formative and memorable years at our previous office on Brownsboro Road. It was in that office that reached the 100-employee mark, found a niche in the Enterprise sector, and truly saw the impact that a people-first approach to IT could have on businesses across our community. To continue our unprecedented growth, we knew it was time to move on from our Brownsboro Road location, and in 2018 we broke ground on our new office in the historic Clifton neighborhood.

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Employee Phishing

Employee Education is the Best Defense Against Phishing

Too many businesses are making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Data breaches are on the rise. Every week it seems as though another organization is announcing that its systems have been compromised and its customers’ sensitive information is at risk. All too often, these data breaches are caused by an employee falling prey to a phishing scam.

Historically, the largest IT security concerns were attacks from the outside. These days, though, hackers are turning to employees to open the door to a business’ network and important data through both simple and sophisticated phishing scams. In fact, Verizon’s 2019 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 32% of data breaches involved phishing. Read more

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Advancing Louisville Through the Power of Technology

As one of the fastest growing IT companies in the region, we are dedicated not only to exceptional customer service but also to the advancement of the community in Louisville and Lexington through technology. On May 23, we unveiled our new 30,000-square-foot office in the Clifton neighborhood, which enables us to continue this mission. Read more

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How Cochran Elementary Uses Virtual Reality For Education

When you think about IT, a stale office environment might come to mind first. While Business IT management is our bread and butter, we’ve also partnered with the community on some unconventional and exciting IT projects. Most recently, we teamed up with some of the staff from the University of Louisville Hospital to support the virtual reality lab (VR Lab) at Cochran Elementary School. We worked directly with Shannon Putman, Teacher in Residence, who established the VR lab to support and enrich students’ learning experience. Read more

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IT Support Hurdles In The Municipal and Government Sectors

Over the past few years, we’ve seen more government organizations adopt new and advanced technology in some big ways. Ohio, for example, was the first state to start accepting Bitcoin tax payments, and in the 2018 midterms, West Virginia tested out a mobile app for residents serving abroad to remotely cast their federal election vote.

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Is a Managed Service Provider Right for Your Business?

There are many ways you can manage your company’s IT. An internal IT department is great for those who can afford to staff one, but many companies don’t have the resources to do so.

In fact, 64% of U.S. businesses work with an IT service provider for some or all of their IT needs. Outsourcing IT is often more cost-effective, giving businesses access to IT expertise without the expenses of staffing an entire team. Deciding what is best for your business’s IT can be difficult, though, as each business’ IT needs are different. Read more