ASK 2016 – Year End Thoughts

Posted By: ASK  Posted date: December 22, 2016  In: ASK, Enhanced Security Services, Mike Maddox  No Comments Tags: , ,

This is the time of year when many of us naturally start to reflect on the past 12 months and make plans for the coming year. It seems to be almost instinctual to do this-both personally and professionally. For business owners and managers, this process is called strategic planning. What worked well last year? What do we need to change? What targets and goals do we need to establish for the coming year?

As CEO of ASK, as I look back at 2016, I am hit with a feeling of tremendous gratitude. First, to our customers who continue to give us energy and enthusiasm to “take the hassle out of technology!” Secondly, I am grateful to our amazing staff of dedicated professionals who day in and day out go to amazing lengths to solve technical problems to enable our customers to succeed. This combination of fantastic customers and amazing staff made for another record setting year at ASK with continued growth in size, geographic scope and capabilities.

I am also incredibly proud of the ASK commitment to fight cybercrime. Last January, we launched our ESS (Enhanced Security Services) team. The work they were able to do for customers in 2016 was truly amazing and the demand for their services in 2017 is unprecedented.

end of year blogThe top story in the news is Yahoo’s disclosure of another breach in 2013 which affected more than 1 billion users. The second story was regarding the investigation of the potential that Russian cybercrime was intentionally launched to influence our recent elections. Cybercrime is not going to get better- we are truly at the tip of the iceberg. Our ESS team works with businesses and says “nobody is going to hurt you tonight- not on our watch” (to paraphrase a line from “A Few Good Men”). The danger in cybercrime is not that it exists, it’s that business executives tend to either ignore or overlook the threat.

As you look at your business plans for 2017, let me suggest that nothing is more important than planning for a comprehensive and proactive cybersecurity solution. We would be glad to help. We stand ready to guard that wall!

From all of us at ASK, I want to wish our many customers, vendors, partners and employees a very Merry Christmas and a safe New Year!

Mike Maddox
CEO, ASK

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