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Blue Layer Breaks Ground on 2800 sq. ft. Expansion

Created at June 26, 2017

Blue Layer to add 2,800 Sq Ft to Lubbock Headquarters

This will include additional offices well as new executive suites. The main feature will include an expanded network operations center as well larger dedicated spaces for new project preparations and repair areas. This will increase the amount of volume our support and break-fix teams will be able to handle as well as productivity by increasing their workspace and resources.

Blue Layer Building

We began this process with the addition of a generator, making Blue Layer the only IT managed service provider in Lubbock to ensure it will have power at all times. We can power our servers as well as our existing and soon-to-be expanded network operations center to better serve our clients.

Blue Layer has been providing reliable technology consulting in the South Plains and beyond for 15 years. This expansion is aimed to better serve our clients as well as continue to grow our company and support what we believe in as a business and providing right-sized IT solutions to our customers every day.

Construction will continue throughout the summer and is expected to conclude in late fall.

“We’re excited about the future of our company and how we will be able to better serve our clients. This expansion will not only provide our growing team more space, but also strive to improve the overall customer service experience for our clients.”  Michael Strong – COO

Blue Layer is honored to serve the West Texas community and we look forward to sharing this experience with you. Please contact us at if you have any questions.

Once Equifax discovered the breach in the access to their website, they enlisted the services of an outside computer security forensic firm, Mandiant. An employee of Mandiant purchased and other domains that may have looked appealing to phishers in order to keep it off the market.

Coincidentally or not, Equifax executives managed to sell millions of dollars-worth of stock. This happened between the time when the intrusion was discovered and when the public became aware. Stocks are now down by 13 percent, from when the breach was announced versus the price on the market Thursday. The executives claim to have no knowledge of the breach prior to the sales. 

Equifax should have been aware of the technological ramifications of not being adequately protected. Without the protection that a company such as Equifax should have had, a data breach was likely in only a matter of time. Apache Struts is a program for building web applications in Java and is believed to be the open-source software package where the vulnerability was discovered. According to reports, the vulnerability had existed since 2008. Apache Struts is a very popular framework utilized every day by over 50 percent of the Fortune 100 companies such as Lockheed Martin, Office Depot, even the IRS and more. In this case, the vulnerability was exploited and malicious code imbedded inside the data. When the Apache Struts program attempted to convert the data, it was executed at that time causing the breach. Meaning, hackers had easy access to establish malware onto the company’s webservers, as well as steal and delete confidential data.

New developments indicate a class action lawsuit has been filed. The civil action suit accuses the company of lacking security standards and guaranteed protection for its users in an effort to save money. The lawsuit is requesting compensation and costs for the potential 143 million Americans affected.

Customers should immediately put in place a freeze on all accounts that were associated with Equifax. For customers signing up with Equifax, all are required to acknowledge the terms of service. However, those terms appear to include legalese suggesting that by acknowledging the terms or terms of service you are waiving all rights to be a part of a class action lawsuit in the future, if that situation were to arise. Equifax has since provided an update on this verbiage addressing those terms. “In response to consumer inquiries, we have made it clear that the arbitration clause and classaction waiver included in the Equifax and TrustedID Premier terms of use does not apply to this cybersecurity incident.”

How this affects you?

All consumers have rights, mandated by congress, to access their credit report via This gives consumers one free report from each of the “big three” Experian, Trans Union, and Equifax. If you sign up with a company like Equifax, the most that they can do for you is to alert you once your information and identity has been stolen, they cannot prevent it.

Consumers can request that the bureaus “freeze” their credit information. This prevents anyone from accessing the credit files. Consumers can temporarily or permanently remove the hold if they wish.

Always be aware of where your confidential data and personal information is. Do not provide personal information such as social security numbers or credit card numbers via email, unless the emails are encrypted, or to people you do not know. Hackers and phishers are getting smarter every day. Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly more important, not just for organizations and corporations, but for individuals as well.If you have questions or concerns regarding your cybersecurity and data protection, contact Blue Layer to learn more.

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