Thursday, December 5, 2019

Why ControlScan Managed Detection and Response?

ControlScan performs Managed Detection and Response (MDR) for organizations that don’t have the internal bandwidth to keep a vigilant watch over the security events in their IT environment. We employ the right people and the right processes to efficiently supplement your organization’s cybersecurity management efforts.

Our team identifies intrusions as they are happening, so you can extract them from your environment before any damage is done by:
  • Defining, implementing and updating security rules
  • Running targeted threat hunting sequences to trace anomalies
  • Examining alerts to separate true concerns from false positives
  • Addressing and appropriately escalating threats in real-time

What sets us apart?

ControlScan MDR includes monitoring for syslog devices such as Network Devices, POS Systems, etc. But those devices are not counted as an endpoint with licensing. Those systems are integrated into logging during the onboarding process.

Many MDR providers dictate that their response to be a notification to the customer that an event has occurred, with no active further investigation or hands-on remediation of the threat and affected systems. ControlScan provides hands-on true “response”. Our analysts perform extensive investigation and correlation of any event on the customer network and performing the necessary actions in real time to ensure the customer environment remains protected.

Our Cyphon platform will hash known bad viruses and can monitor any new threat.

What is included with ControlScan MDR?

As part of our MDR service, we collect, aggregate and normalize your organization's log data from servers, endpoints, applications and security devices for compliance and infrastructure management. Our expert security analysts monitor and analyze your log events, freeing up your IT resources to focus on growing your business.

The ControlScan Security Operations Center (SOC) captures and compiles data from both physical and digital sources to develop a level of decision support not possible in a standard monitoring environment. This process combines our people, processes, and technology to analyze and act on robust data sets - allowing us to see the whole picture of an enterprise. We keep your business optimized and running no matter what challenges arise.

Our SOC runs 24x7 and is staffed by highly trained SecOps personnel. Located in Hunt Valley, Maryland, the SOC is a secure facility featuring video surveillance, biometric access control, redundant fiber-optic Internet connectivity, and battery and diesel redundant power.

24x7 Managed Detection and Response of threats and attacks against your systems and networks.
ControlScan provides a fully managed solution incorporating:
  • Log Collection and Correlation
  • Monitoring and identification of anomalies and security threats in your organization.
  • Cloud Application Monitoring for Office 365, Gmail, on-premise Microsoft Exchange
  • ControlScan provided Next Generation Endpoint Protection
  • File Integrity Monitoring with 3 or 12 months of retention (MDR and MDR+)
  • Interactive web-based dashboards
  • Cloud Productivity Tool Connectors (Office 365 or Google GSuite)
  • Command and Control Traffic; Identify source/ block and quarantine quickly
    • Defend against spray password attacks
    • Disable Account Access Attempts
    • Defend Network Probing
    • Identify Rogue Machines

ControlScan MDR replaces traditional Log Collection (SIEM) and Endpoint (Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware) solutions.

Installation

ControlScan MDR provides a consolidated installer that is easy to use and deploy, with only four clicks to completion on average. The installer also supports centralized deployment through any existing software management systems in place (SCCM, Active Directory, etc.)

PCI Fulfillment

MDR can assist in completing sections of PCI requirements:
  • Requirement 3: Protect stored cardholder data
  • Requirement 5: Use and regularly update anti-virus software
  • Requirement 10: Track and monitor all access to network resources and cardholder data
Questions?  Contact me today.

Joe Gaeta
ControlScan
Direct: 678-694-0687
Mobile: 404-435-7376
jgaeta@controlscan.com

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

A cybersecurity program you can rely on.

If you’re like many IT leaders, you’ve likely had a rough year. We know this because our 2019 ControlScan Managed Detection and Response Report found that more than half (53%) of businesses are still trying to manage their cybersecurity programs entirely in-house.

ControlScan performs managed detection and response (MDR) specifically for organizations that don’t have the internal expertise and/or bandwidth to keep a vigilant watch over the security of their environment. Our 24x7, in-house SOC and SIEM-as-a-Service will help complement your in-house efforts for a cybersecurity program your company can rely on.

In other words, we’ve got your back. 24x7x365.

Let’s talk! I can show you how a ControlScan relationship will save you significant time and money - and take some weight off your shoulders - in 2020. Give me a call today at (678) 694-0687.

Friday, November 15, 2019

[Webinar] Sharing Responsibilities: Applicability of PCI DSS Requirements for Merchants and MNSPs

Register now to attend this November 21st Conexxus webinar by ControlScan's Sam Pfanstiel.

Using third-party services providers (TPSPs) to help meet security goals and compliance requirements is an effective way to leverage collective strengths and allow the merchant to focus on its core business. One common TPSP in the fuel retail industry is the managed network service provider (MNSP), which provides technology, service and expertise to support secure network configuration and operation for convenience stores and other fuel services.  Nonetheless, it is the merchant who must ultimately demonstrate that all applicable security and PCI DSS compliance requirements are being met and doing so may be very confusing without a good understanding how these requirements apply to these entities.

In this session, Sam Pfanstiel will review common PCI DSS controls for MNSPs and other TPSPs, how to confirm that your selected vendor is meeting these controls on your behalf, and a review of requirements that must be met by the merchant to confirm and enforce this delegated security relationship.  In addition to gaining a better understanding of these service providers as they relate to PCI DSS, attendees of this webinar will also learn what questions must be asked, what agreements must be in place, and which specific artifacts must be collected in order to clearly delineate responsibility for and compliance with PCI for their business.

       

Friday, November 1, 2019

November is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Get the facts.  Spread the word.  Consider a donation.
Remember November.
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.  Help fight to change this!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

New Cybersecurity Research Report: Have you read it?

What can you learn from 385 of your peers? In the  2019 ControlScan Managed Detection and Response Report, business leaders just like you have shared their current cybersecurity challenges, as well as how they’re leveraging managed security services to effectively address today’s advanced security threats.

Read the report now and benchmark your own efforts against other organizations:
  • The current state of threat preparedness as well as organizational resilience and confidence;
  • How businesses are faring with their endpoint security management;
  • Drivers and trends for outsourcing MDR and/or managed security as a whole; and
  • The security capabilities companies are prioritizing.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this research report! If you have any questions or want to learn more about ControlScan MDR services, please give me a call at (678) 694-0687 today.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Managed Security from ControlScan. The right choice.

At ControlScan, we believe that every business should have the means to protect itself and its
customers from being victimized by cybercriminals.  Therefore, our mission is to let nothing block our customers’ paths to a strong security posture – not budgetary restrictions, not lack of expertise, and not human resource constraints.

ControlScan performs managed detection and response (MDR) specifically for organizations that don’t have the internal expertise and/or bandwidth to keep vigilant watch over the IT security of their environment.  Our 24 x 7 x 365 U.S.-based security operations center (SOC) ingests over one terabyte of data daily from over 25,000 managed endpoints, keeping watchful eye for malicious activity.
We are focused on small and medium businesses (SMB).  As an SMB ourself, we understand our clients’ challenges. We have made it our mission to help the businesses that need it the most.  We take the time to understand each client’s business model and design a program that aligns with their unique goals and business needs.

Our SOC utilizes proprietary security information and event management (SIEM) technology and our self-service portals enable real-time data sharing. This means that our clients see exactly what our analysts in the SOC are seeing – unlike other providers to whom you pay money yet do not know if they are even keeping watch.  Our clients know their ControlScan analysts by name.  Our clients don’t just have to call us with an issue; they can call us with any question about their environment.  Furthermore, ControlScan can generate reports for company stakeholders and compliance.

Beyond MDR, ControlScan encourages a “layered strategy” to cybersecurity. One might call it an "evolutionary" approach.

  • Protect critical network asses against advanced threats and malware (e.g., ransomware) with our best-of-breed endpoint agents.
Walk – with MDR and Managed Firewall.
  • Incorporate threat intelligence from our SOC analysts for behavioral analytics of advanced threat actors and malware variants on endpoints and critical assets.  Protect the perimeter network by deploying our fully managed firewalls which are monitored 24x7x365.
Run – with Managed SIEM.
  • Store all logs from assets in cases of a breach for critical evidence.  File integrity monitoring (FIM) is included and our Managed SIEM meets compliance regulations.
Fly – with a Fully Managed Security Package from ControlScan.
  • By partnering with ControlScan, your organization is able continually strengthen its security and risk posture by having a holistic security package deployed.
Contact me today to learn more.

It begins tonight. LET'S GO YANKEES!!!

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month!

The 16th Annual National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) is a month-long global cyber security education and awareness initiative.  The theme for this year is OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.  This theme encourages personal accountability and proactive behavior in digital privacy, security best practices, common cyber threats, and cyber security careers.
NCSAM 2019 will address specific challenges each week:
  • Week 1: Oct 1-4 – OWN IT. Protecting your devices daily
  • Week 2: Oct 7-11 – SECURE IT. Adding layers of security to devices and online accounts
  • Week 3: Oct 14-18 – PROTECT IT Keeping your information safe and updating security software
  • Week 4: Oct 21-25 – Safeguarding the nation’s critical infrastructure

Here are some ways you can get involved:
If you would like to discuss your business's cyber security posture and learn how ControlScan can help, don't hesitate to contact me today!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

It's here! Read Cybersecurity Insiders' new research report.

What can you learn from 385 of your peers? In the 2019 ControlScan Managed Detection and Response Report, business leaders just like you have shared their current cybersecurity challenges, as well as how they’re leveraging managed security services to effectively address today’s advanced security threats.

Download the report now and benchmark your own efforts against other organizations:
The current state of threat preparedness as well as organizational resilience and confidence;
How businesses are faring with their endpoint security management;
Drivers and trends for outsourcing MDR and/or managed security as a whole; and
The security capabilities companies are prioritizing.
I’m looking forward to hearing your thoughts on this research report! If you have any questions or want to learn more about ControlScan MDR services, please give me a call at (678) 694-0687.

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

ControlScan and Cybersecurity Insiders Release New Managed Detection and Response Research Report

Business leaders share their current cybersecurity challenges, as well as drivers for procuring managed security services to effectively address today’s advanced threats.

ATLANTA, Sept. 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ControlScan, a leader in managed security Cybersecurity Insiders to produce an all-new industry research report. The 2019 Managed Detection and Response Report reveals current security program challenges and illustrates why and how organizations outsource for managed detection and response (MDR) as well as advanced endpoint security.
services specializing in compliance, detection and response, has collaborated with

According to the report, more than half (53%) of businesses surveyed are managing their security programs entirely in-house. Of these, 41% said “speed of incident response issues” are a key business challenge. Moreover, this same group of respondents indicated they had not experienced a security incident in the past 12 months (as opposed to 23% for the entire survey sample), and, therefore, were potentially unaware of any past occurrences and/or active security threats.

“For most businesses, staying on top of today’s advanced security threats is a significant undertaking,” said Tom Callahan, director of MDR Operations, ControlScan. “We commissioned this research to better understand how companies are acknowledging and addressing these challenges.”

Altogether, survey respondents selected the following as their top three security operations challenges:<
  • Cybersecurity skills shortage in-house (58%);
  • Cost and complexity of building in-house (49%); and
  • Lack of 24x7 security coverage (37%).

“Many businesses are just beginning to learn about managed detection and response services,” said Holger Schulze, CEO and founder of Cybersecurity Insiders. “MDR delivers value to the small and medium enterprise in particular, because internal resource constraints often limit their ability to spot and react to network intruders.”

To download a complimentary copy of the 2019 Managed Detection and Response Report, visit ControlScan.com/2019-mdr-research-report. For more information on ControlScan Managed Detection and Response, please visit ControlScan.com/MDR. For more information on Cybersecurity Insiders, visit Cybersecurity-Insiders.com.

About the Survey 
The 2019 Managed Detection and Response Report is based on the results of a comprehensive online survey of 385 IT and cybersecurity professionals conducted in July and August of 2019. The survey’s respondents range from technical executives to senior managers and IT security practitioners, across the spectrum of company sizes and industries, representing a balanced cross-section of organizations.

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.

About Cybersecurity Insiders
Cybersecurity Insiders is an online community of information security professionals to provide a comprehensive, one-stop source for everything related to cybersecurity – connecting people, opportunity, and ideas. For more information visit Cybersecurity-Insiders.com.

This weekend! Booth #55. Roswell Arts Festival. Roswell, GA

Local artist Tina Christina will be showing off (and selling) her oil and acrylic paintings in Booth 55 at the 2019 Roswell Arts Festival, September 21st and 22nd.  Come by see her!


Some samples....
Sand Diego Sunset
Italian Steps
Charleston Beach
The Champ
White F-3

Learn more at TinaChristina.com.

Did you miss ControlScan's latest MDR webinar? Good news! Download the replay...

On Tuesday, September 17th, ControlScan's Director of MDR Operations, Tom Callahan, led a webinar entitled "How SMBs Can Benefit from the Latest MDR Trends".  If  you missed it, we are happy to provide you with a replay.  You can download it HERE.
Every business today must have a robust cybersecurity program in place to protect itself and its customers. Smaller and mid-sized businesses in particular are discovering that managed detection and response (MDR) services can provide the cost-effective, turnkey threat detection and incident response capabilities that they require.
The 2019 Managed Detection and Response Report (available soon), sponsored by ControlScan, is based on the results of a comprehensive survey of 385 IT and cybersecurity professionals. In teh webinar we walk through these results and their specific application to the SMB.

In this educational webinar you will learn:
  • The 7 critical security operations challenges MDR services resolve;
  • Why effective endpoint security is a key component of MDR; and
  • How to cost-effectively implement and quickly see a return on your MDR investment.

Contact me today to learn more about ControlScan MDR.