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Thoughts From Abbott’s Inbox July 20th, 2023

Thoughts from my inbox

July 20th, 2023

I ended last week’s edition with the comment that I was hoping for an easy flight home from San Diego, which of course cursed us to a two hour delay in Denver (for no apparent reason). Good thing Travis is a United Club member, and that he wasn’t too embarrassed to bring me as a guest.  Glad the next couple of trips are on the road rather than in the air, as nothing seems to be on time any longer.  Read on to for military intelligence, Barbie’s Dream House, and Estee Lauder (no, I’m not having a mid-life crisis).

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Microsoft AI

Microsoft announced recently that they’ll be offering subscription AI services that can be attached to their MS365 platform.  It sounds like you’ll be able to prioritize emails, summarize meetings, create presentations, and more.  All for an add’l $30/month on top of your existing 365 billing.

Estee Lauder

There’s an old saying, “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.”  Well, Estee Lauder just got hit with two ransomware attacks by two separate hacking groups.  When it rains, it pours.   At this point, it seems as though the company has no plans to negotiate with the hackers. 

Real Estate

In a very apropos follow up to Estee Lauder, we have the Barbie DreamHouse, now available for two single one-night stays, in conjunction with the new Barbie movie (speaking of movies- we’ve recently seen the new Indiana Jones as well as Sound of Freedom.  Indy #5 wasn’t as good as Raiders or Last Crusade, but definitely better than Crystal Skull, and while Sound of Frfeedom isn’t a fun topic, it was a very well done movie.)

Sports Rules

If you’ve ever played sports, you’re probably very familiar with some of these rules.  And if you’re not, you should be. 

Business Email Compromise

The FBI was kind enough to send out a reminder about Business Email Compromise (BEC), so I figured I’d share it with you. Having properly secured and configured email accounts goes a long way in terms of defeating BEC scammers, but as with much of cybersecurity, your end users are the last line of defense.  Having an informed and educated workforce (knowing what the threat vector looks like, and thinking before you click) is an absolute necessity when protecting your business.

Military Intelligence

In another sign of how well our government and military protect our national security, recent news reports (is it really news when it’s been going on for 10 years) explain how a decade’s worth of emails meant for the US military have mistakenly been sent to Mali.  The mail domain for the military is .MIL while the Mali domain is .ML. Thousands of emails mistakenly wind up going to .ML when people forget the ‘I’ in .MIL. You can read more, but from the article; 


“One misdirected email this year included the travel plans for General James McConville, the chief of staff of the US Army, and his delegation for a then-forthcoming visit to Indonesia in May. The email included a full list of room numbers, the itinerary for McConville and 20 others, as well as details of the collection of McConville’s room key at the Grand Hyatt Jakarta, where he received a VIP upgrade to a grand suite.”

We’re getting closer to August which means it’ll soon be time for Ohio sweet corn.   The caterer we use here at the office told me last summer to try eating it raw, straight from the cob- and he was right.  Good stuff.  But, if you want to cook it, this looks like it might be an interesting new spin.  And while you’re burning your corn tonight (assuming you have no other plans), you can watch Slamball, which is back on tv for the first time in 15 years (Show of hands for those who knew it had ever been on tv?).  I must say I was only mildly impressed prior to the 1:20 mark when the hockey game broke out. 


Finally, thanks to all who stopped by our happy hour at Saucy Brew Works last night.  Great turnout and nobody got washed away in the downpour!  Everybody on our team appreciates getting together with clients, prospects, and partners, and it’s always a fun time.

Have a great weekend.


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