Tuesday, January 15, 2019

IT leaders must find a way to place emphasis on security and compliance.

For many IT organizations, waste and frustration are the name of the game when it comes to facilitating compliance with industry standards like PCI DSS and HIPAA:

  • Scoping headaches over the security "gray areas" of mobile and cloud;
  • Political hassles over aligning the organization's business needs and its compliance requirements;
  • Ongoing uncertainty over your team's ability to maintain a compliant business environment.

But who said it has to be this way?

The ControlScan white paper, "5 Critical IT Challenges You Can Solve Today," provides practical tips for making compliance suck less! In it, you'll learn how a managed UTM firewall service helps IT organizations overcome their biggest challenges—not the least of which is the compliance process.

If you'd like to discuss a way to resolve your compliance and security headaches this year, please contact me today. We're here to help.

Are you a point-of-sale solution reseller or an MSP? Become a ControlScan partner today!

Why ControlScan?  

We've got your back.  ControlScan delivers security and compliance solutions that make it easy for you and your clients to secure sensitive data and achieve compliance. Our team of credentialed experts is highly responsive, so when you have questions, we'll be there.

1.7 Million Businesses Served  |  150+ Partnerships Worldwide

Pillars of a ControlScan Partnership

  • World Class Service and Partnership Focus
    • "No Limits" Merchant Support Center, 24/7/365 NOC and SOC
    • Thought Leadership and partnered collaboration
    • Dedicated Success Manager assigned to each partner
  • Multi-Layered Customization
    • Branding, customized communication and marketing support strategies
    • Simplified PCI process for merchants; streamlined SAQ and suppressed questions
  • Enterprise-Class Security
    • One-stop shop for security and compliance delivered with user-friendly experience
    • Access to security and compliance expertise and consultative services to truly understand options

Partner Benefits - Revenue Generation

  • Additional Client Stickiness and Reduced Churn
    • Differentiate and reinforce your brand
    • Provide additional value for your client
  • New Revenue Streams from Value-Added Services
    • Offer merchants new scope-reducing services
    • Generate new recurring revenue streams
  • Respond to  Changing Regulatory Requirements
    • Help merchants reduce risk and achieve compliance
    • Offer certified consultative services

Partner Benefits - Operation and Support

As your MSSP partner, ControlScan alleviates many of the operation and support requirements associated with ongoing security and compliance program management.

Benefits of Deploying ConstrolScan Managed Services:

  • Decreased network management and operational support costs
  • More efficient path-to-market with new products and services
  • Consultative support through partnered collaboration
  • Comprehensive 34/7/36 NOC and SOC support capability
  • Reduced regulatory certification requirements
  • Customized client communication and marketing support

Merchant Security and Compliance Starts Here

Our mission is to help our partners and their clients secure their networks, protect sensitive data, and achieve compliance.

How do we do it?  As your Managed Security Service Partner, our team becomes your team.  Every technology, service, and piece of advice we deliver helps you support your clients' need to secure their business and achieve compliance.

ControlScan Suite of Services

  • Compliance Services
    • Customized SAQ Portal
    • ASV Scanning
    • Breach Protection
    • Security Awareness Training
    • Marketing Security Consultation
  • Security Services
    • Unified Threat Management
    • Endpoint Security
    • Managed Detection and Response
    • Managed WiFi
    • Network Services
  • Consulting Services
    • Senior-level PCI-qualified Security Assessment
    • Network Penetration Testing
    • Gap Analysis
    • Report on Compliance (RoC)

Merchant Benefits

No one knows your business like you do.  And no one knows security and compliance like we do!  Partner with us for solutions that work in concert to protect your customers while simplifying their compliance in conjunction with information security and privacy standards.

  • Secure network design to reduce enterprise risk, improve network performance, and ensure payment processing security.
  • Enterprise security from active threat management and monitoring tools that will free up IT resources to grow the business.
  • Comprehensive project and on-going life cycle management to help reduce the operational cost an support burden normally associated with managing their own program
  • Simplified path to compliance through targeted service that satisfy PCI requirements along with user-friendly assessment certification process.

Merchant Case Study

Food Giant Supermarkets
110 stores dispersed across with 5,500 employees

Food Giant protects its customer data through a layered security approach that includes ControlScan PaySafe UTM managed firewall and ControlScan PCI 1-2-3 services.  These combined services ensue that credit card data and other sensitive information remain secure within and beyond the payment process.

"In today's environment, our customers are very aware of their personal data and that is a target for the bad guys.  At Food Giant, we feel it's our responsibiltiy to do everything we can to keep our customers' data safe."  - Brent Benton, Director of IT, Food Giant Supermarkets

Interested? Contact me today!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Are you a POS reseller? An MSP?

Learn how partnering with ControlScan can provide additional value for your client and differentiate/reinforce your brand - thereby increasing client "stickiness" and reducing churn. Contact me today.

Monday, December 31, 2018

Happy New Year!


Last minute charitable donation for 2018....

Consider joining the fight against lung cancer with a tax-deductible gift the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation here.

Lung cancer matters, too. Nobody deserves it. And, you do not have to smoke to get it. Lung cancer kills more people than breast, prostate, colon, liver, kidney, and melanoma cancers combined. Yet, it receives a small fraction of the ​attention and research funding.

Friday, December 28, 2018

Partnering with ControlScan

I am a ControlScan Channel Sales Manager based out of Atlanta, Georgia.

ControlScan offers solutions that protect networks and payment card data - everything from our security solutions like PaySafe Connect to our compliance services highlighted by our PCI 1-2-3 Self-Assessment…and much more.

If you are a POS VAR (or any provider) that serves SMB merchants who need affordable, easily-managed solutions for security and compliance, partnering with ControlScan would greatly benefit your customers.  And when your customers benefit – you benefit!

Click here to learn more about our partner program or contact me today to learn more about our solutions and our partner program.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Happy Holidays!

I would like to take moment to personally wish you and your family a very peaceful and joyous holiday season.

ControlScan's offices will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year's Day. But, as we begin the new year, feel free to contact me to learn more about ControlScan, our solutions, and how partnering with us can benefit your clients as well as your bottom line.

Monday, December 17, 2018

Who is ControlScan?

ControlScan offers security and compliance solutions to help organizations safeguard their IT networks and protect payment card data. We currently provide a variety of managed security services, including:

  • Advanced Endpoint Security Service: Uses multi-faceted activity analysis and tracking, behavioral blocking and deep process inspection to protect organizations against cyber threats.
  • File Integrity Monitoring: Notifies an organization any time that files are created or files are viewed, deleted or modified, and when group ownership of files has been changed.
  • Security Awareness Training: Offers web-based security training to help an organization keep its employees up to date about evolving cyber threats.
  • Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewall: Delivers a single security appliance that can detect and prevent cyber threats from entering an organization’s network.
  • Vulnerability Management Service: Automatically scans an organization’s network assets and prioritizes and reports on security vulnerabilities.

ControlScan also provides PCI and HIPAA compliance solutions, including gap analysis and security risk assessment offerings.

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

ControlScan Now Offers Its Managed Detection and Response Services to Businesses Using Microsoft Office 365

Real-time security monitoring of on-premise and cloud-based environments helps resource-constrained businesses avoid cybercrime.

ATLANTA, Dec. 12, 2018 - ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, today announced that its Managed Detection and Response (MDR) services are now available to businesses utilizing Microsoft Office 365. The move further assists businesses that struggle with timely threat detection and incident response due to a lean IT staff and/or limited information security expertise.

An additional risk for businesses with Office 365 implementations is the lack of visibility to systems and data flows in the cloud, which can create a security monitoring gap. This is especially true of businesses that have not invested in the higher-priced license levels. The ControlScan MDR service works with all Microsoft Office 365 license models and includes 24x7 security monitoring and event correlation, file integrity monitoring (FIM) and more.

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“Deploying Office 365 provides limited insights to your account activity, but without significant licensing increases, there’s no way to monitor and detect for malicious behaviors,” said Tom Callahan, Director of Operations, MDR, ControlScan. “ControlScan adds the
real-time threat monitoring and intrusion detection layer, while also capturing historical account activity so you can perform audits or
forensics at any future date.”

Analysts in the ControlScan 24x7 Security Operations Center (SOC) provide continuous monitoring to the customer’s Office 365 environment activity in real-time, analyzing contextual information and watching for advanced security threats, such as file changes and other unusual activity in SharePoint and OneDrive, as well as correlating with the threat behavior activity Microsoft provides with their more advanced licensing models. If any malicious or unwanted activity is detected, the SOC analysts immediately go to work to contain and remediate it.

For more information on ControlScan managed security and MDR services, please visit ControlScan.com.


About ControlScan                                                 

ControlScan managed security and compliance solutions help secure IT networks and protect payment card data. Thousands of businesses throughout the U.S. and Canada partner with us for easy, cost-effective access to the expertise, technologies and services that keep cyber criminals and data thieves at bay. With highly-credentialed cybersecurity and compliance experts, 24x7 managed detection and response, advanced endpoint protection, managed UTM firewall services, ASV vulnerability scanning, QSA and HIPAA assessments, security penetration testing, PCI compliance programs and more, we’ve got your back. For more information visit ControlScan.com.

Friday, November 30, 2018

Increase your marketplace reach and merchant stickiness with high-value managed security and compliance services.

The ContolScan POS Reseller, ISV and MSP Partnership Program

Partner with a cybersecurity industry leader.

ControlScan has served as a security and compliance program partner to the payments industry since 2007. Over the years, we've earned the trust of organizations like yours to become a leader in delivering comprehensive solutions to merchants' PCI and cybersecurity-related challenges.

Here are just a few ways ControlScan differentiates itself in the marketplace:
  • User-Friendly Technology: We design and build solutions that help merchants make sense of their PCI obligations and what they must do to meet them, as well as how to increase their overall security posture.
  • Security-as-a-Service: Our managed security services provide easy access to innovative, best-of-breed security solutions that also satisfy specific PCI DSS requirements.
  • Award-Winning Support: Our highly-trained teams of security experts and compliance support professionals provide a responsive, engaging customer experience that creates long-term success and loyalty.
  • Deep-Seated Expertise: We possess a depth and breadth of expertise that makes our managed security, PCI-QSA and security testing services second to none.
Merchants rely on their service providers for guidance and technology solutions to make their lives easier. Partnering with ControlScan solves your merchants' security and compliance challenges, adding tremendous value to the relationship you share.

Provide high-value managed security and PCI compliance services.

At its core, your business may be about increasing merchant engagement, driving sales or ensuring business continuity. You don't want to specialize in security and compliance any more than your merchants do! However, as a POS reseller, ISV or MSP, your business is in a unique position to provide these high-value services.

ControlScan partnerships bring together PCI compliance programs and managed security services to deliver a win-win scenario for your business and the merchants it serves:
  • Easier security and compliance for them = Increased customer retention for you
  • ControlScan-driven support for them = Less support time and dedicated resources for you
  • Single-source product/service access for them = Additional installation income for you
  • Plus, your business gets residual income on all ControlScan referrals
Let's talk.

Ready to discuss how a ControlScan partnership can benefit your POS reseller, ISV or MSP business?  Contact me today.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

ControlScan Extends Managed Security Services Capabilities With Dunbar Cybersecurity Acquisition (Press Release)

MSSP cites growing need to proactively address cyber threats.

ATLANTA, Oct. 16, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, announces it has acquired Hunt Valley, Md.-based Dunbar Cybersecurity, including its well-established Security Operations Center (SOC) and powerful SIEM platform, Cyphon. The move brings additional advanced capabilities to the best-in-class managed security services ControlScan delivers to the mid-level enterprise.

With this strategic acquisition, ControlScan will strengthen the threat detection and response capabilities of its established solution set, helping the businesses it serves better manage an unprecedented number of incoming cyber threats. The company’s decision to expand its capabilities comes from recent research, including the 2017 Threat Monitoring, Detection andResponse Report, which found that a majority of organizations do not have the internal manpower and/or expertise to effectively detect and respond to cybersecurity threats.

ControlScan CEO Mark Carl
“Having a strong cybersecurity defense is business critical, but as attackers become increasingly advanced, it’s no longer realistic to assume that defense is 100 percent impenetrable,” Mark Carl, CEO, ControlScan said. “ControlScan has a solid track record of helping businesses defend, and we are now enhancing our means to actively detect and quickly respond to intrusions in real time, as they are happening.”

“Our goal is to provide an effective, mature cybersecurity and threat detection program for the businesses we serve,” said ControlScan COO Schane Simpson, who oversees operations of the company’s Managed Security Services division. “The Dunbar Cybersecurity acquisition bolsters our team of expert security analysts and allows us to leverage the Cyphon platform to proactively identify and mitigate suspicious network activity on our customers’ behalf.”

Tom Callahan, Director of Operations for Dunbar Cybersecurity, will continue with ControlScan as Director of MDR Services. “Dunbar Cybersecurity’s growth has supported ongoing innovation in the way we monitor, detect and respond to our customers’ cybersecurity threats,” Callahan said. “Becoming a primary component of the ControlScan Managed Security Services solution further advances the strong ROI we provide.”

The bulk of Dunbar Cybersecurity’s security analysts will be retained by ControlScan post acquisition. Dunbar Cybersecurity customers can expect a seamless transition to ControlScan Managed Security Services where they, along with current ControlScan customers, will be presented with additional managed security and compliance-related services.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. For more information on ControlScan Managed Security Services, including its new MDR capabilities, please visit ControlScan.com/MSS.

About ControlScan                                                 
ControlScan managed security and compliance solutions help secure networks and protect payment card data. Our elite cybersecurity professionals leverage best-in-class security technologies to support thousands of businesses with a single goal: To stop cyber criminals in their tracks. As both a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), we also deliver a full suite of Payment Card Industry (PCI) services, including strategic PCI compliance programs that help processors, acquirers, ISOs and payment facilitators manage cyber risk and strengthen merchant relationships. For more information about our company and its solutions, please visit ControlScan.com.

About Dunbar Cybersecurity                                 
Dunbar Cybersecurity delivers solutions that allow our customers to maintain their business operations while protecting sensitive information and achieving compliance. We assess and monitor all things digital about your business, so your team can work without the worry of cyber threats. Learn more at https://www.dunbarsecuritysolutions.com/cybersecurity/.

Stacey Holleran                                                                                 
Director, Corporate Communications                                                                                      
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Monday, October 8, 2018

Security and compliance start here! Partner with us today.

At ControlScan, we’ve got your back. ControlScan delivers security and compliance solutions that make it easy for merchants to secure sensitive data and achieve compliance. Our team of credentialed experts is highly responsive, so when they have questions, we’ll be there. By taking security and compliance off their plate, merchants can focus on what they do best – running their business!

Security and compliance start here. Our mission is to help businesses secure their networks, protect sensitive data, and achieve compliance. As a Managed Security Service Provider, our team becomes your customer’s team, enabling them to predict, protect, and defend against the latest security threats.  Every technology, service, and piece of advice we deliver helps merchants secure their business and achieve compliance.

At ControlScan, we have three pillars of our business:

·         World Class Service and Partnership Focus
o   “No Limits” Merchant Support Center
o   Thought Leadership Collaboration
o   Dedicated Success Manager Assigned to Enterprise Account
·         Multi-Layered Customization
o   Branding, Customized Communication, and Support Strategies
o   Simplified PCI Process for Merchants; Streamlined SAQ and Suppressed Questions
·         Enterprise-Class Security
o   One-Stop Shop for PCI Security and Compliance Delivering User-Friendly Experience
o   Merchant Access to Security Expertise and Consultative Services to Understand Options

ControlScan offers a wide breadth of services in three categories….

·         Managed Compliance Services
o   Customized SAQ Portal
o   ASV Scanning
o   Breach Protection
o   Market Strategy Consultation
o   Merchant Engagement Outreach
·         Managed Security Services
o   Unified Threat Management
o   Endpoint Security
o   Managed Detection and Response
o   Managed SIEM/FIM
o   Network Services
·         Security Consulting Services
o   Senior-Level PCI-Qualified Security Assessors on Staff
o   Network Penetration Testing
o   Risk Assessment
o   Report on Compliance (RoC)

Our partner program assists you in deploying security services...
  • Path to Compliance:  Easier path to compliance for your merchants through scope reduction
  • Speed to Market:  Increased speed to market with new products and services
  • Upgrade Opportunities:  For merchants processing through antiquated terminals
  • Limit Transaction Loss:  Limited transaction loss through up-time monitoring and fail-over internet connections.

As your partner, we are dedicated to your merchants….
  • Merchant Support:  High-tough merchant support with goal of single call resolution
  • Support and Access:  Scanning support and direct access to managed security service engineers
  • Merchant Outreach:  Knowledgeable representatives continually trained to assist merchants to achieve compliance
  • Onsite Contact Center:  High visibility with read access to executives and experts from corporate HQ in Atlanta, GA

Merchant Benefits:  Secure Network Design

Merchant Benefits:  Disciplined Management

ControlScan supports your merchants through the full network security lifecycle.  We offer comprehensive project management services including network design, deployment, installation, monitoring, upgrades, and ongoing maintenance of their network.  We ensure you merchants:
  • Employ best practices
  • Adopt the latest, best-in-breed technology
  • Have access to security experts to manage, monitor, and maintain security on an ongoing basis

Merchant Benefits:  Ease of PCI Compliance

By utilizing PaySafe UTM, ConstrolScan assumes responsibility for requirements 1.1, 1.2, and 1.3 and the PCI DSS 12 Steps for Compliance.  When implemented in conjunction with the ControlScan SAQ Solution, assumed sections of compliance are automatically pre-populated to decrease the amount of time and effort to self-attest.

Check out the case study from Food Giant:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4C4Bm6qnVg

For more information on how partnering with ControlScan can greatly benefit your customers – and you – don’t hesitate to contact me today!

Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Partner with ControlScan

If your business serves SMB merchants that need affordable, easily-managed solutions for security and compliance, partnering with ControlScan would greatly benefit your customers.  And when your customers benefit – you benefit!

ControlScan offers a wide range of solutions, from our compliance services highlighted by our PCI 1-2-3 Self-Assessment to our security solutions like PaySafe Connect…and much more.

Contact me today to learn more about our solutions and our channel partner program.

Monday, October 1, 2018

ControlScan and P97 Networks Partner to Enhance Mobile Commerce Security for Fuel and In-Store Transactions

Fuel retailers gain more secure transactions
than any other payment method

ATLANTA, Oct. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, is partnering with P97 Networks, the leader in cloud-based mobile commerce, in-vehicle payments and digital marketing solutions, to provide enhanced security controls for mobile payment services in the convenience, fuel retailer, quick-serve restaurant and related industries.

“Securing financial transactions is a primary focus for consumers, card issuers, merchants, oil & gas companies, and other value chain providers,” says Margaret McDonnell, Vice President of Customer and Credit Card Services at Gulf Oil. “We are proud to work with P97 Networks and ControlScan in delivering Gulf Pay to the marketplace in a safe and secure manner that protects consumers’ personal and financial data.”

The P97 PetroZone® platform connects merchants to their consumers by enabling payments and digital offer campaigns from any device or connected car. PetroZone provides merchants with mobile commerce capabilities that their prime buying demographics expect. By easing and securing the purchasing process, merchants benefit from increased sales, greater brand loyalty and lower operating costs.

ControlScan delivers site-level security with the PaySafe UTM Firewall Service, a managed security solution that actively protects the IT network perimeter from malicious activity. The two integrated solutions are Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant. PetroZone is also Service Organization Control (SOC) 2 Type II compliant.

ControlScan and P97 monitor their systems in real-time, 24/7/365, and ControlScan-provisioned, LTE cell backup connectivity ensures payments continue to run—even when the Internet does not—keeping all mobile services connected to the cloud where above-site payments process. Additionally, ControlScan accelerates mobile payment deployment at managed sites, making the process seamless and efficient.

“The ControlScan-P97 partnership adds an important security component to today’s integrated business operations including mobile payment acceptance and customer loyalty programs,” Mark Carl, CEO, ControlScan said. “Together, we provide easily implemented, cost-effective solutions that increase revenue while ensuring that customer data remains secure.”

“P97 PetroZone employs a highly secure, defense-in-depth strategy that protects payment transactions and data,” Don Frieden, founder and CEO, P97 Networks said. “Our platform addresses vulnerabilities that expose traditional payment methods to card skimming and other forms of fraud. ControlScan is an integral part of our overall security strategy, and we are proud to partner with them in the market.”

For more information on ControlScan managed security and compliance services, please visit ControlScan.com. For more information on P97 mobile commerce, please visit P97.com. Both companies can also be seen at NACS Show 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 8-10 (ControlScan in booth 6372 and P97 in booth 6322).

About ControlScan
ControlScan managed security and compliance solutions help secure networks and protect payment card data. Our elite cybersecurity professionals leverage best-in-class security technologies to support thousands of businesses with a single goal: To stop cyber criminals in their tracks. As both a Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) and an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV), we also deliver a full suite of Payment Card Industry (PCI) services, including strategic PCI compliance programs that help processors, acquirers, ISOs and payment facilitators manage cyber risk and strengthen merchant relationships. For more information about our company and its solutions, please visit ControlScan.com.

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About P97 Networks
P97 Networks provides secure, cloud-based mobile commerce, in-vehicle payments, and digital marketing solutions for the convenience retail, fuel, and vehicle manufacturing industries under the brand name PetroZone®. P97’s mCommerce solutions enhance the ability to attract and retain customers by securely connecting millions of individual mobile phones and connected cars with merchants using identity, geolocation-based software that creates a unique mobile consumer experience. For more information follow us on Twitter @p97networks or visit www.p97.com.

Stacey Holleran
Director, Corporate Communications