Notes and quotes

By Mike Lewis
Construction continues on the sprawling Trammell Crow building north of Hagerstown, Md. The Dallas-based company has said it plans to invest more than $75 million to build the almost 1.2 million-square-foot distribution center.

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:


the ball’

“Frankly, we have dropped the ball on serving rural America (with high-speed internet).”

— U.S. Rep. David Trone, D-Maryland, opening a rural broadband roundtable in Hagerstown, Md.

Cybersecurity stats

Cyber Defense Magazine rounded up some statistics to help people get a handle on cybersecurity threats. A few highlights from a long list:

• 43% of all cyber attacks are aimed at small businesses

• 91% of attacks launch with a phishing email

• 30% of U.S. users open phishing emails

• 85% of all attachments emailed daily are harmful for their intended recipients

• 38% of malicious attachments are masked as one Microsoft Office type of file or another

• 48% of Americans’ credit cards were exploited by cyber criminals back in 2016

• 61% of data breach victims were companies with fewer than 1,000 employees in 2017

• 31% of organizations have experienced cyber attacks on operational infrastructure

In most cases, it takes companies about six months to detect a data breach, the magazine reported.

There were 8,854 recorded breaches between Jan. 1, 2005, and April 18, 2018, accounting for millions of records. The price per record ranged anywhere from $120-$600. If you average those out at $360 per record, then the total price of these breaches is in the billions.

— Source:

‘New partnerships’

“Our next steps involve strengthening our current relationships with partners like our architects and designers, as well as developing new partnerships within the industry that will facilitate our growth and ability to serve our clients even better than before.”

— Chris Rapp, president of Triple Crown Construction of Frederick, Md., after the company was named to the Inc. 5000 list.