Blaine Kahle

As Director of Engineering, Blaine leads research, development and solution design in virtualization, networking, systems, storage, and security. FACTS ABOUT ME - My wife and I have two, annoyingly intelligent cats who have taught themselves how to open cabinet doors…yes we have to childproof our kitchen against our cats. - I’m a volunteer map editor for the Waze navigation app, covering the state of Nebraska and part of Montana. If you have any trouble when using Waze in Nebraska and report it, I may be the editor responding to you. - I do most of my shopping on Amazon, leveraging my Prime subscription. I even order bulk toilet paper, which is fun to have shipped to the office! - For April Fools’ Day one early year at Five Nines, I created custom ringtones personalized to every employee. I was at the office until 9pm the night before, putting them in place. Waiting for the phones to ring the next day was agony, and when the first call finally came in, it was on the support line, which rang all the engineer phones simultaneously. This mostly ruined the effect as all the ringers mixed together into one gibberish noise.

Recent Posts

Has your skype account been hacked?

Microsoft believes hackers have been targeting Skype accounts since early August. When Microsoft integrated Skype logins with general Microsoft account logins, your old Skype username and password might be an unintentional and weak back door straight into your main Microsoft account.

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Unite Everyone with One Unified Communication Tool

Great communication starts with the right tools. Unified Communication as a Service (UcaaS) is not a new concept nor is it a niche market, but a mainstream one already worth $4 billion in the USA alone. The cloud has become the preferred way of staying ahead of rapidly changing needs and increasingly sophisticated demands of customers. Businesses are finding that sticking with their legacy communication tools are becoming increasingly risky, with higher cost and liabilities.

So why invest an average of $878 per user in on-premise hardware if you don’t really need it? Don’t, here's why:

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7 Things You Should Know About Allo Coming to Lincoln

You may remember hearing the buzz about Nelnet acquiring Allo in 2015. Prior to the acquisition Allo was and still is providing fiber optic network options to Western Nebraska. After the acquisition Allo became the first company to provide fiber optic cables from the street directly to homes and businesses across the city of Lincoln.

What does this mean for your business?

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Topics: Allo

The Year of Ransomware: What you need to know to protect your data

"Help_Decrypt_Your_Files," the year of ransomware has officially arrived. These 4 words can turn a business upside down with one click of the mouse. Your calendar, your kid's baseball schedule, payroll information for hundreds of nurses - to nothing, everything is encrypted. The emotional moments following are filled with panic and distress; someone or something has locked all of your files. A popup will then notify you of a specific amount of time you have to pay via untraceable bitcoins in order to retrieve your files, or lose them forever.

This has become the reality for many businesses across the country. With 90,000 machines being infected on a daily basis, it’s a dire situation. For Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center in Los Angeles, it was more than a harsh reality. After being attacked with ransomware, the hospital was forced to shuffle its patients to nearby facilities for weeks as they paid their attackers to regain file control.

Traditional antivirus solutions require manual intervention by a human to review new potential virus or malware threats. Only after a threat has been captured and analyzed is it is added to the database of known threats. While this was a successful method for a long time, hackers have since found ways to disguise and mutate viruses to pass detection. So, while the traditional method of virus detection helps to contain known “old” viruses, it does very little in preventing new ones from invading.

What do you need to know to protect your data?

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Topics: Security