For the second year in a row, Blue Layer has been awarded KCBD’s Best of the West 2017 for Best IT Company. We are honored to serve and be a part of the South Plains community.

Being able to provide responsible and right-sized IT consulting to the West Texas community is something we are proud to do every day. We offer our clients the dedication to continue to advance their businesses toward success.

Being able to provide responsible and right-sized IT consulting to the West Texas community is something we are proud to do every day. We offer our clients the dedication to continue to advance their businesses toward success.

“Without the loyalty of our clients and the confidence in our team, this honor would not be possible,” said Michael Strong, Blue Layer COO. “We devote ourselves to being the best and strive to meet your IT expectations every day.”

We want to thank our clients for believing in us and our team for their commitment to being the best IT company in the Lubbock and South Plains area.

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Blue Layer would like to ask the Lubbock community to nominate us for the best of Lubbock 2017. We pride ourselves on being West Texas based and a strong representative of the South Plains community. With clients across Texas and the United States, we are proud to be based in Lubbock.Below is the link to nominate Blue Layer to the Best of Lubbock 2017. Nominations will end on June 28th and voting for finalists will begin on July 30th. 

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Follow the link above and on the nomination page, type Blue Layer into the box and on the nomination page, type Blue Layer into the box. You will enter your email, name and a phone number. This is only to validate your entry and to ensure people are not forging nominations.

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MSPmentor, the ultimate guide to managed services, has released their list of the industry’s most respected managed services providers, and Blue Layer is honored to be on the list.  The 10th anniversary of the rankings raises the bar for grading service providers in terms of quality, transparency and relevance.  Each company who appears on the list is also analyzed by their technologies, business models, as well as customer segments and vertical markets.

Blue Layer checks in at number 316 of 501 businesses on this year’s 2017 global rankings, and has moved up 25 spots compared to last year’s 2016 results.  This is the fourth time Blue Layer has been honored by MSPmentor.

Our continued movement toward the top of the list illustrates our dedication to our clients and our commitment to providing right-sized technology solutions.  Blue Layer is the only West Texas managed services provider named to this prestigious list 4 years in a row. We believe that our personal attention to our clients, hard work and quality of service is what sets us apart.

“We devote special attention to each client to ensure that we are providing responsible and right-sized services tailored to each client’s specific needs. The attentiveness of our team and their hard work every day is what makes this recognition possible.  We are proud to be based in West Texas, and it’s an honor to be the only West Texas managed services provider ranked 4 years in a row” Michael Strong, COO, said

For more information on our managed services or if you have any questions please contact us at www.bluelayerit.com.

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Cattle Baron’s Ball will be celebrating its 35th anniversary this year with “Ain’t Our First Rodeo” this Saturday, July 22nd.

Fundraising efforts from Cattle Baron’s events in 2016 raised $95 million for cancer research grants. Since 1991, there has been a decline of 23 percent in the death rate from cancer, which equates to 1.7 million lives saved. In addition, there has been $4.5 billion invested in research alone. These are just a few examples of the positive impact that the Cattle Baron’s Ball has on the American Cancer Society and providing hope for families.

Blue Layer has been a sponsor of the Cattle Baron’s Ball for many years. Cancer is something that has impacted us all in one way or another, and Blue Layer is honored to be a part of the fundraising effort to save lives and bring an end to cancer. Blue Layer also donates items to the silent auction.

“Blue Layer is proud to be a member of the Lubbock community and support this terrific organization. Being a part of the American Cancer Society’s efforts is something that is special to all of us.” Michael Strong, COO

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 equihax.com 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 class action 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 annualcreditreport.com. 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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Blue Layer is honored to help the South Plains Food Bank celebrate 35 years of operations and the U Can Share Food Drive!

The U Can Share Food Drive was one of the first events that the food bank held to benefit the community. Founded in 1983, the food bank aims to provide food to those within a 20-county wide area with the help of over 220 non-profits, charities and churches. With the generosity of the Lubbock and South Plains communities, Blue Layer is thankful that we are able to be apart of feeding the hungry and creating hope for those who need it most.

From now through December 15th, Blue Layer invites the Lubbock community to help support those in need by donating non-perishable items. The donation boxes will be available in our lobby at 6119 79th St. in Lubbock. Our office is open Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm.

“Many families in the community struggle with where their next meal comes from and Blue Layer is blessed to be able to help. We are fortunate to live in a community where people are willing to help those in need. ” – Michael Strong, COO.

Please contact us if you have any questions and we hope everyone has a wonderful holiday season!

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    In the world of cyber and digital crime, internet security is becoming more prevalent in our lives. Although regularly changing your passwords and complicating their text seems secure, a simple phishing tactic can change all that. Enter, two factor authentication, also known as TFA or 2FA. 2FA will not only require...

For the 5th year in a row, Blue Layer has been recognized on Channel Futures’ annual list of the world’s 501 top managed services providers (MSPs). This list (which is celebrating its 11th anniversary this year) serves as the ultimate guide for MSPs, ranking companies according to their “forward-thinking business strategies and ability to anticipate and act upon trends in the fast-evolving IT channel market.”

Inclusion in the MSP 501 is a prestigious honor for those that are, and Blue Layer is very proud to have once again been acknowledged alongside so many reputable managed service providers. For the first time, all 501 winners will be recognized at this year’s Channel Partners Evolution event in Philadelphia this October.

“This year’s applicant pool was the largest and most diverse in the history of the survey, and our winners represent the health and progressivity of the managed services market,” said Kris Blackmon, Channel Features content director and editor of the MSP 501. “They’re growing their revenue, expanding their customer influence and exploring new technology that will propel them for years to come.”

This year, Blue Layer ranks at number 251 of 501 businesses, moving up an impressive 65 spots from last year’s rankings. Our continuous climb toward the top of the list is indicative of the hard work we deliver to our clients every single day and our commitment to providing them with the best right-sized IT solutions in West Texas.

 

For more information regarding the managed services that we provide, contact us today at www.bluelayerit.com.

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Blue Layer Celebrates Office Expansion with Ribbon Cutting

For over 15 years, Blue Layer has been serving the Lubbock and South Plains communities with right-sized IT consulting.

Throughout this past year, we expanded our office by adding almost 3,000 square feet. Through this addition, we added a larger network and support solutions center, several more offices, restrooms, and an outdoor patio. We made current renovations to our existing office space as well with a renovated conference room and new floors throughout. As our team and our business continues to grow, we are honored to be a part of the Lubbock business community and working with and for the people of West Texas.

“To come from a spare bedroom to an 8,000 sq. ft. facility is exciting for us as a company, but even more so for our team of dedicated professionals and our clients.”

Michael Strong, COO

To commemorate this exciting milestone, the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce will host a Ribbon Cutting for Blue Layer on Wednesday, February 28th.

Jeromy Mallory & Michael Strong
Michael Strong- COO
Jeromy Mallory- CEO
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Lubbock, TX February 27th, 2018 – Blue Layer IT, announced today that CRN®, a brand of  The Channel Company, has named Blue Layer to its 2018 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Pioneer 250 category. This annual list recognizes North American solution providers with cutting-edge approaches to delivering managed services. Their offerings help companies navigate the complex and ever-changing landscape of IT, improve operational efficiencies, and maximize their return on IT investments.

In today’s fast-paced business environments, MSPs play an important role in helping companies leverage new technologies without straining their budgets or losing focus on their core business. CRN’s MSP 500 list shines a light on the most forward-thinking and innovative of these key organizations.

The list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250, recognizing companies with business models weighted toward managed services and largely focused on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, recognizing large, data center-focused MSPs with a strong mix of on-premises and off-premises services; and the Managed Security 100, recognizing MSPs focused primarily on off-premise, cloud-based security services.

“Managed service providers have become integral to the success of businesses everywhere, both large and small,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company.

 

“Capable MSPs enable companies to take their cloud computing to the next level, streamline spending, effectively allocate limited resources and navigate the vast field of available technologies. The companies on CRN’s 2018 MSP 500 list stand out for their innovative services, excellence in adapting to customers’ changing needs and demonstrated ability to help businesses get the most out of their IT investments.”

 

Blue Layer is honored to be named to the Pioneer 250 List by The Channel Company and CRN. We strive to provide our clients with most trustworthy and right-sized IT. It is truly our pleasure to serve West Texas, we are very proud to represent the South Plains. With the loyalty of our clients and the team we assembled, we strongly believe that Blue Layer is the best in the business.

“At Blue Layer, our focus is to be a responsible and right-sized consulting provider for our clients, and being named to CRN Pioneer 250 is an honor for our company and would not be possible without the trust our clients have in our abilities, and the hard-work and diligent customer service provided by our team every single day.” – Michael Strong, COO

 

The MSP500 list will be featured in the February 2018 issue of CRN and online at www.CRN.com/msp500.

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Blue Layer IT

Michael Strong

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Blue Layer Office Expansion Completed

On Wednesday, February 28th, Blue Layer celebrated our completed office expansion with a ribbon cutting and reception. Five new office spaces were added including two additional executive suites, a patio, and an expanded support operations center. In addition to the expansion, we renovated areas of our existing office space with improvements to our conference room, new floors throughout the building, and some functional updates to existing offices.

Check out some of the photos below!

 

Ribbon Cutting
Support Operations Center
Support Operations Center
Blue Layer
Blue Layer
Lobby
Lobby
Conference Room
Conference Room
Remodeled Offices
Remodeled Offices
Remoldeled Offices
Remoldeled Offices2
Patio
Patio
COO- Michael Strong & CEO- Jeromy Mallory
COO- Michael Strong & CEO- Jeromy Mallory