Petya Virus

Another Battle in the War of Cybersecurity

The Petya Virus is the newest cyber attack circling the globe and experts believe it to be even more dangerous than other recent threats. The Petya Virus first originated in Ukraine and was thought to be ransomware, but has been discovered to be something much worse. When the attack hits, a message appears on a user’s computer monitor stating that their data is being held until they pay a fee of about $300. In return the user receives a digital key that they are assured will unlock their data. However, unless the user has a recent backup of their data they are often forced to pay the price or lose their files. Read more

Microsoft Releases Security Patch due to Looming Threats

Could last month’s WannaCry Ransomware attacks be considered a “warning shot” in the war of cybersecurity? Microsoft seems to think so.

On June 13, 2017 Microsoft released new security patches with the purpose of protecting computers from the “elevated risk for destructive cyberattacks.” The looming threat is so imminent that Microsoft not only sent out the update to supported versions of Windows, but toWindows XP and Windows Server 2003 as well. This is especially notable because these two operating systems are no longer under support of Microsoft, yet received downloadable protection anyways. Read more

Protect Your Devices with Routine Updates

If you have a smartphone, computer, or just about any other tech device, you’re all too familiar with push notifications or messages prompting you to update. And whether the update is needed for adding features, fixing bugs, or larger scale program and security improvements, studies from Pew Research Center among others show that nearly 50% of people choose to delay updates simply because it’s not “convenient” in that moment. Read more

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SUCCESS STORY: NetShape Technologies Partners with ABS for Data Center Migration and SAN Consolidation

When NetShape Technologies (https://www.netshapetech.com/), a global manufacturer and metal components supplier with sites located in North America, Asia and Europe, needed to move their data center, they came to ABS for help. The complex project involved relocating their hardware from Louisville to Chicago as well as implementing and configuring a new Storage Area Network (SAN)—and a smooth transition was crucial to NetShape’s operations.

“These are the kinds of high-level coordination and integration projects that many ABS clients aren’t aware we provide,” said Jeff Hall, ABS’s Sales Director. “But as evidenced here, not only do we offer these services, we excel at them.” Read more

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Intel’s Latest Security Issue: Your PC May Be at Risk

There has been a recent discovery of a security problem with a portion of Intel’s firmware. The

issue allows hackers to forgo authentication to receive access to the management side of the PC.

This is a real threat because the bug allows attackers to gain full administrative access and view

private data, which can then be exposed to the public. Read more

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ABS Attends Maryhurst Journey of Hope Luncheon 2017

The Maryhurst Journey of Hope Luncheon held at The Louisville Marriott Downtown on Friday, May 12, was a great opportunity for guests to become, “the hope our children need.” This annual fundraiser has shaped into a tremendous opportunity for Maryhurst to honor their outstanding alumni and benevolent supporters. At the 2017 luncheon, Maryhurst presented numerous scholarships and honored their Alumna of the Year, Tammy Smith. But, most importantly, the Journey of Hope Luncheon focused on Maryhurst’s vision to imagine communities free of abuse and filled with hope for every child and family. Read more

Google Fiber

What Google Fiber Means for Louisville

You may have heard the recent news that Louisville, KY has been selected as the latest market for the rollout of Google Fiber, a high-speed internet provider to rival Spectrum/Time Warner Cable and AT&T as the big players in the local area. But, what does Google Fiber mean for Louisville? A few things…

First of all, Google is without a doubt a huge name in the internet space, but with its new ties to Louisville, local internet providers now have a level of competition they’ve not faced in our city. Lucky for us, competiton from other players in the industry should result in both lower pricing and better quality service overall. Why? Options. No longer will a customer be faced with feeling as if they need to stay with their current provider even after a poor experience. With nowhere to turn, many customers may have felt “stuck” with their provider, but now that can change. Broadband companies in the area will now feel the pressure of providing high quality service and products or watch their customer base decline as they jump ship to a competitor in the space. Although Google Fiber is being installed in Louisville, greater Louisville and even Lexington may benefit from competition driving prices and quality lower.

Being in the business, we know how much the services and products these companies charge actually cost to implement and service. A lot of what we come to expect from our local internet providers comes from a lack of challenge or significant threat to their business model.

Google Fiber should certainly be seen as a threat. Their business model is completely different than most internet providers. Why? Because the Google model hasn’t been perverted yet in this space. It’s fresh. It’s different, and for all the right reasons.

Google understands that their stake in this is to drive as many people on the internet using their services as possible, so in turn they will do this as cheaply as they can because they make their money on ads, when people search Google, etc. Their main interest is connecting as many people as they can so that their advertising is worth more money. It’s mutually beneficial, because while a user surfing the web may or may not care about the ads side of things, they are still benefitting from being on the internet using a good quality service.

This is only the beginning. Many believe that the internet is the foundation, the backend, the infrastructure for which everything will be built on moving forward. We’re already seeing that the way people are consuming data and entertainment is moving more and more toward phones, computers, and televisions connected to the internet rather than televisions connected to a cable box.

If Google can position ‘Fiber’ as the physical infrastructure for the future of data and entertainment consumption, using best-in-class technology to provide great service for its customers, it is sure to be a huge success, locally and beyond.

In summary, with Google Fiber coming to Louisville, you can expect more transparency from your provider, faster speeds, higher quality service (even if you choose to stick with your current provider) all because Google has set the bar so high in the competitive space.

Backup & Disaster Recovery: Even More Crucial Today

As technology constantly builds and improves over the years, businesses and people alike are having to adapt and grow along with it. In order to keep up with the fast-pace changes, ABS is constantly upgrading its systems and processes in order to provide top notch tools and solutions for its customers. That’s simply the ABS Way.

So when it comes to backup and disaster recovery, we have a solution and plan to fit properly with an ever-evolving model. Read more

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Avoiding the Latest “Google Docs” Phishing Scam

If you’re like us, you use email on a daily basis to communicate information to clients, colleagues, and friends. But, with any routine, we tend to become a bit too comfortable with it, move faster than we should, and ultimately make some mistakes that may have been prevented just by slowing down and assessing the situation at hand with a clear head. This can happen easily if we are unaware of certain Phishing Scams. Read more

Why Having a Strategic IT Plan Is Important

In order for any business to be successful, making sure the right plans are made and in place are crucial so businesses are able to move forward from any mishaps that could occur. The same can be said in the world of IT as well because as the business grows, their IT infrastructure will need to improve and evolve as well. Read more