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.

Top IT Trends for 2018

  For many years, we have been bringing you our Top IT Trends for technology that will change our world. Technology levels the playing field and offers opportunity with little bias. It gives power to the people and fuels positive change. But sadly, it also enables those that do harm. The exponential growth of cybercrime is also fueled by technological advancements exploited by criminals. IT threats are growing faster than IT protections. In fact, threats are at epidemic proportions. CEO scams will target thousands of companies and cause losses in the billions. Total losses for all cybercrime will be over a trillion dollars this year with triple or quadruple growth in the foreseeable future. From email phishing to Facebook scams to credit card skimmers, the number of people using technology to scam their fellow human beings has reached alarming proportions. Technology … [Read more...]

Cyber Security Phishing Simulation & Training Program

Recently, we have seen a sharp increase in CEO scams that request a check or wire transfer payment. It is alarming how much time and effort the criminals put into creating the fraudulent request. We have seen many variations in the deployment, but common to all successful attacks is that the recipient does not verify personally with the requestor before sending the funds. If that is surprising to you, you are not alone. How do you protect yourself and your company? Implement a procedure that requires anyone sending checks or wire transfers to personally confirm with the requestor via method other than email. Do not allow any exceptions to this rule. Conduct a cyber training for your employees that includes ways to spot spoofing, phishing and other scams. We have a presentation with real examples and exercises that we will conduct for you as part of your managed service … [Read more...]

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...]