About Mary Hester

Ms. Hester is the CEO of LAN Systems, which provides IT solutions in the Greater Metro Atlanta Area. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com">

About Mary

Mary is the CEO of LAN Systems. She is an electrical engineer who feels her greatest strength is the ability to connect with people. LAN Systems provides IT managed services and solutions to growing companies and non-profit organizations. You can contact Mary at mary@lansystems.com.

Cyber Safety for Employees – Equifax Security Breach

How to protect yourself if your data has been compromised The Equifax breach has many wondering how this could happen. Hackers exploited a known vulnerability in open source software used by the company.  The industry group claims the patch was made available on March 7, 2017 the same day the vulnerability was found.  Questions on why Equifax didn't move quickly to apply the patch will certainly plague the company as the 143 million victims search for answers. Details on a second hack have people shaking their heads in disbelief that this could happen to the behemoth credit reporting agency. Use the links below to find out if your data was compromised and some of the things you can do to protect yourself. Was my data exposed? Here is the link for the FTC Consumer Information page on how to find out if you are affected and what to do. Monitor or Freeze your … [Read more...]

LAN Systems #9 in Atlanta’s 2017 Best Places to Work

September 7, 2017 – LAN Systems, a leading Managed IT Service Provider, was named as #9 in Atlanta’s 2017 Best Places to Work by the Atlanta Business Chronicle. The Best Places to Work 2017 awards were announced at this evening's event, where the 100 top companies in Metro Atlanta were recognized. “Being in the Top 10 for 4 years running is a source of pride for all of us at LAN Systems,” said Mary Hester, CEO. “This recognition is such an honor and says much about our people and the unparalleled service we give to our clients.” Each year, the Atlanta Business Chronicle, along with Quantum Workplace surveys the metro area’s employers to find those companies that have discovered how to become one of Atlanta’s Best Places To Work. Employees at the nominated companies were asked to complete surveys, which determined the company’s rank. The 2017 nominees were recognized at an event … [Read more...]

Cyber Safety for Employees – Petya and WannaCry Update

Petya . . . the latest in encrypting Ransomware Petya, WannaCry and variants have attacked thousands of computers, hundreds of companies and is causing havoc in cyberspace. It seems there is no end to the mischief these outbreaks have caused. Adding insult to injury, victims cannot pay the ransom because the email address to confirm payment has been shutdown by authorities. But, you can avoid the disaster by using some common and computer sense. Separating truth from hype It is so hard to know what is real. You can read all the available information and still have no idea how to protect your computer. Often it seems the best thing to do is just turn off all your electronics, but there must be a better way. There is if you take precautions. Update your operating system If you are still using XP and Server 2003, update your operating system. Unless you have a compelling reason, like … [Read more...]

Data Backup: Easy as 3-2-1

A good and complete data backup of your computer system is your first line of defense against data loss.  And a little planning will protect you against a variety of mishaps. Whether your data is lost because of a disaster or held for ransom from a hacker, your data backup will save the day.  You can do the backup yourself or hire a managed services company to schedule and maintain,  Either way, it is important to understand your options. An easy-to-understand strategy is the 3-2-1 backup plan. It has been used for years in the computer industry as a formula to protect data. This type of backup plan is simple but adequately safeguards data so that if the worst happens, the system can be rebuilt and the data restored – quickly and reliably. 3: Keep three copies of critical data. Be sure to have three unique copies of any data that you want to protect stored in three different … [Read more...]

Cyber Security for Employees – CEO Fraud

The CEO asks you to wire $28,000 immediately . . . what do you do? The first thing you do is call the CEO. Don’t use the email as a validation of the instruction. It is so easy to spoof an email address and make it look like it is coming from a different destination. Second, identify the real sender. Below are instructions for determining who is behind the email. Third, take all necessary precautions with your financial institution to be sure that you are protected. Fourth, report the culprit. It is not easy to report this type of attack and you may find it to be too cumbersome to seem worthwhile. If you decide not to report, the important point to remember is that you avoided the attack and are armed with the tools to avoid being a victim. The CEO Fraud scam is growing exponentially. Rarely does a day go by that we don’t hear about another close miss or successful hit. … [Read more...]