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.


Monday, September 16, 2019

MDR Webinar tomorrow! Join us!

Tuesday, September 17th at 2:00 pm Eastern

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. Join us as we will walk through these results and their specific application to the SMB.

Attend this educational webinar and 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.

CLICK HERE to register. Or, contact me today to learn more about ControlScan MDR.


Friday, September 13, 2019

...but why CONTROLSCAN managed detection and response?

ControlScan performs managed detection and response (MDR) specifically for organizations that do not have the internal expertise and/or bandwidth to keep vigilant watch over security of their IT environment. We do this with a focus on the SMB space. As an SMB ourself, ControlScan understands our clients’ challenges.

We have an in-house 24x7x365 security operations center (SOC) in Hunt Valley, Maryland with proprietary SIEM technology. Our service is 100% cloud-based with the ability to tweak and customize program components for individual customers. We take the time to understand each client's business model and design a program that aligns with their unique goals and business needs.

ControlScan acts as an extension of our clients’ teams. Our clients get to know us by name and don’t just call us with issues – they can call us with any question at any time. With many cybersecurity partners, you often times don’t know if they are even keeping watch. Not so with ControlScan. Our self-service portals enable real-time data sharing, meaning that our clients’ see exactly what our analysts are seeing. They can generate reports for company stakeholders and for compliance.

To be clear - this true managed detection and response. ControlScan has real humans constantly monitoring alerts and responding to them.  We can also do containment and assist with recovery.

Learn more by contacting me today at jgaeta@controlscan.com or (678) 694-0687.

Every business should have the means to protect itself and its customers from being victimized by cybercrminals.

Therefore, at ControlScan, our mission is to let nothing block our customers’ paths to a strong security posture; not budgetary restrictions, not a lack of expertise, and not human resource constraints.

Contact me today to discuss your cybersecurity posture and to see how ControlScan can help.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

UPCOMING WEBINAR: Managed Detection and Response (MDR): How SMBs Can Benefit from the Latest Trends

Tuesday, September 17th at 2:00 pm Eastern

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. Join us as we will walk through these results and their specific application to the SMB.

Attend this educational webinar and 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.

CLICK HERE to register. Or, contact me today to learn more about ControlScan MDR.


Tuesday, September 10, 2019

ControlScan Partners with FIS to Streamline Payment Facilitators’ PCI Compliance

Two leaders in payment facilitator services—ControlScan and Worldpay from FIS—join forces to reduce security risk in the payments chain.

ATLANTA, Sept. 10, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure IT networks and protect payment card data, has been selected by FIS’ merchant services division, Worldpay from FIS*, to provide services that will help reduce payment security risk for payment facilitators the company serves.

As a payment service provider for its payment facilitator clients, FIS will employ ControlScan’s platform to assist payment facilitators on the path to compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). ControlScan’s platform enhances the Worldpay from FIS solution suite to simplify the complexity and increased scope of compliance inherent in the payment facilitator business model.

“Payment facilitators provide a valuable service within the payments chain, but there can be security-related risks inherent in that model,” said Nicole Jass, senior vice president of product, merchant services, FIS. “We are partnering with ControlScan to proactively address those risks and deliver a platform to our payment facilitators that is specific to their method of payment acceptance.”

Through the new partnership, payment facilitators using Worldpay from FIS solutions can leverage the customized ControlScan platform to put their sub-merchants on a path to compliance with PCI DSS. Payment facilitators can also take advantage of ControlScan’s PCI Qualified Security Assessors (QSAs) to conduct a formal IT risk assessment as well as become ControlScan certified as a PCI DSS Level 1 Service Provider.

When payment facilitators take advantage of this offering, payment security risk can be reduced at multiple points in the payments chain. The payment facilitator and the end merchant will both benefit from an increase in compliance and a decrease in risk.

“In recent years we’ve seen aggressive growth in the payment facilitation segment of the payments industry,” said Matt Loos, executive vice president of business development, ControlScan. “We are excited to partner with FIS and are looking forward to guiding payment facilitators through a best-practices approach for maintaining their own compliance and security, as well as that of their sub-merchants.”

For more information about ControlScan and its full range of managed security and compliance solutions, please visit ControlScan.com.
 
 
*The Worldpay from FIS solution suite is part of the FIS Merchant Solutions business, which serves merchants and eCommerce providers around the world. FIS acquired Worldpay on July 31, 2019.

About FIS
FIS is a global leader in technology, solutions and services for merchants, banks and capital markets businesses. We drive growth for clients by creating tomorrow’s technology, solutions and services to modernize today’s businesses and customer experiences. FIS applies our scale, deep expertise and data-driven insights to advance the way the world pays, banks and invests. We help our clients innovate with purpose and deliver experiences that are more simple, seamless and secure. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, FIS employs 55,000 people worldwide who are dedicated to helping our clients solve for the future. FIS is a Fortune 500® company and is a member of Standard & Poor’s 500® Index. To learn more, visit www.fisglobal.com. Follow FIS on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@FISGlobal).

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.

ControlScan Press Contact
Stacey Holleran
Director, Corporate Communications
678-694-0654

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

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!

How? By supporting my dear friends at the GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer.
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