Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Restaurants need cybersecurity protection too.

According to the National Restaurant Association’s latest State of the Industry Report, restaurants are rapidly adopting new technologies such as online/app-based ordering and reservations as well as mobile payments. These tools are great for creating a better customer experience, but they can also put your restaurant at a greater risk of being breached.

Confidently run your business 
without worrying about cybersecurity threats.

Restaurant technology is going to continue advancing.  Savvy operators understand the need to upgrade according to customer demand and preferences. As restaurants grow and scale their technology usage, they can rely on ControlScan to defend their business from cyber criminals.

Good cybersecurity is more thorough
and less costly than you think.

The ControlScan Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service gives restaurants a cost-effective way to ensure that security threats are quickly discovered and eliminated. ControlScan keeps our eyes on restaurants' IT networks on a 24x7x365 basis - allowing restaurateurs to run their business knowing that we’ve got their back.

Watch the video to learn more and contact me today for a deeper dive and to schedule demo.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Managed Security by Control Scan - We've Got Your Back

Layered cybersecurity cannot be ignored. Defensive measures, like standalone firewalls, will not completely keep attackers out of a network environment. Advanced threat detection and response capabilities must also be employed to fully protect an environment and immediately identify and stop an attack when it happens.

After falling victim to a ransomware attack, it became clear to one of the nation’s leading independent insurance brokerage firms that managing their own network security was no longer an option. The firm’s IT team just didn’t have the bandwidth to efficiently secure company data and rapidly detect the ever-increasing number of cyber threats. To stay competitive and to protect their client data, they needed a robust defense system and a partner they could trust—one that had the technical expertise to provide a multi-tiered approach to security.

Since partnering with ControlScan, this customer has been able to ward off additional security breaches through layered security and 24/7 threat detection monitoring. Their CIO says the critical benefits of the ControlScan partnership are incalculable.

Contact me today to discuss to your current cybersecurity posture and review some of ControlScan's managed services that can help protect your business from devastating cyber threats.

ControlScan - We've Got Your Back

North American CyberSecurity Team of the Year!

CyberSecurity Insiders has begun publishing their
2020 CyberSecurity Excellence Awards winners.
ControlScan is very proud to announce that
our SOC Analysts have won the award for

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Today is #WorldCancerDay

Cancer sucks.  Please consider a donation to your preferred cancer charity today.
If you don't have one, I can recommend one. ;-)
Richard Gaeta. Renal Cancer. 2/9/1938-6/1/2014  |  Joan Gaeta. Lung Cancer. 9/7/1938-7/17/2007

Monday, January 27, 2020

An MSSP that makes your life easier....

Security comes off your to-do list and resides with us.

At ControlScan, we take a proactive approach to protecting your business from cyber threats while helping ensure your compliance with security and privacy standards like PCI DSS and HIPAA. Our unified security and compliance solutions deliver confidence to millions of businesses as well as the IT professionals who serve them. Below is a listing of the managed security and compliance services we provide.

Contact me today and learn how our services can support your security needs.

Managed Security Services
  • Managed Detection and Response
  • Managed SIEM w/File Integrity Monitoring
  • Managed UTM Firewall (PaySafe)
  • Endpoint Security
  • Vulnerability Management (VMS)
  • Security Awareness Training (SAT)
  • Phishing Simulation

Security Consulting Services
  • IT Risk Assessment
  • Network & Application Layer Penetration Testing
  • Security Social Engineering
  • PCI & HIPAA Compliance Assessments
    • PCI Compliance
      • PCI 1-2-3 Self-Assessment
      • PCI Gap Analysis
      • PCI External Vulnerability Scanning
      • PCI QSA Assessment
      • PCI Advisory
    • HIPAA Compliance
      • HIPAA Gap Analysis
      • HIPAA Assessment
      • HIPAA Advisory

PCI Validation Services
  • PCI PA-QSA Application Validation
  • PIN Security Assessment
  • Point-to-Point Encryption (P2PE) Services

Ransomware Hacker Extortion Payment Reaches $84,000

Good day!

I'd like to draw your attention to this article I read this morning.

Among the piece's many interesting (and frightening) points, I find these most notable:
  • Average ransom payment: In Q4 2019, the average ransom payment increased by 104% to $84,116.  This was up from $41,198 in Q3. The median ransomware payment in Q4 was $41,179.
  • Ransomware downtime: In Q4 2019 the average downtime increased to 16.2 days from 12.1 days in Q3.
  • Common ransomware attack vectors: The mass availability of Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) credentials to corporate networks for as little as $30 per IP address has made carrying out a targeted attack extremely cost-effective for the attackers. For larger enterprises, email phishing continues to be the preferred method of initial compromise.
Systems and Networks both small and large are constantly under attack. Are your teams protecting your systems, and would they know if an attacker gained access to your network? ControlScan's Managed Detection and Response (MDR) goes beyond traditional SIEM and Anti-Virus/Anti-Malware by providing a 24x7x365 active detection, prevention, and remediation services to ensure your systems and corporate assets stay protected.

I'd love to discuss your organizations' cybersecurity posture and show you how ControlScan can help.  Don't hesitate to contact me @ jgaeta@controlscan.com, (678) 694-0687, or schedule a call with me here.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Friday Funny/Not Funny

(Click on comic for larger view.)
You don't want any Daves in your organization.  Check out ControlScan's Security Awareness Training solution today.  (Besides, Requirement 12.6 of the PCI Data Security Standard includes regular security education of your company's employees...)

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

[Press Release] ControlScan Becomes a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor

As a PA-QSA Company, ControlScan will expertly guide software and application developers through PA Data Security Standard validation.
January 14, 2020 09:00 ET | Source: ControlScan

ATLANTA, Jan. 14, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure IT networks and protect payment card data, is now listed with the PCI Security Standards Council as a Payment Application Qualified Security Assessor (PA-QSA) Company.

Software and application developers looking to get their solutions validated and listed as compliant with the Payment Application Data Security Standard (PA-DSS) can now rely on ControlScan for assistance. As a PA-QSA Company, ControlScan will perform application validation services for point-of-sale (POS) platforms, payment switches and gateway software, back office, middleware, automated fuel dispensers, forecourt controllers, kiosk applications, online shopping carts, ATM software and more.

“Certification as a PA-QSA adds incredible flexibility in terms of the services ControlScan can offer software and application developers,” said Sam Pfanstiel, Director of Security Consulting Services, ControlScan. “Along with our application security and penetration testing services, we can now provide the necessary assessment services to help our clients achieve PCI-validated payment application status.”

ControlScan also offers scope impact white papers and consulting services in support of applications that are ineligible or out-of-scope for the PA-DSS. This includes advisory services surrounding PCI scope reduction through changes to application architecture, segmentation, encryption and/or tokenization.

“We will conduct PA-DSS application testing and prepare the reports necessary to list an application, as well as perform other types of PA-DSS consulting services,” Pfanstiel said. “For example, a software vendor may need help implementing a secure software lifecycle, analyzing their readiness for an upcoming PA-DSS assessment, or documenting the security of their solution to help their customers meet their own compliance objectives.”

For more information about ControlScan and its range of security consulting services, please visit ControlScan.com/SCS.

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; managed UTM firewall services; ASV vulnerability scanning; security penetration testing; PCI compliance programs and validation services; QSA and HIPAA assessments; and more, we’ve got your back. For more information visit ControlScan.com.

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

Friday, January 10, 2020

Does your organization adhere to the 1-10-60 rule of cybersecurity? (CAN it?)

According to a recent Vanson Bourne survey of 1,900 Senior IT Leaders and Security Professionals around the world, a vast majority (95%) cannot even come close to the standard 1-10-60 Rule of CyberSecurity.

What is the 1-10-60 Rule?
One minute to detect a threat, 10 minutes to investigate, and 60 minutes to contain and remediate.

What DOES adhere to 1-10-60?  ControlScan Managed Detection and Response (MDR). Let ControlScan keep 24/7/365 watch over your network for you with our advanced technology and superior security analysts in our state-of-the-art Security Operations Center.
Contact me today to learn more about how we can help.

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Who's got your back in 2020?

If you are like many IT leaders, you likely experienced some cybersecurity challenges in 2019. We know this because our 2019 ControlScan Managed Detection and Response Report found that more than half of businesses are still trying to manage their security programs entirely in-house, and that’s no easy feat!

At ControlScan, we deeply unde
rstand and focus on SMBs’ challenges in maintaining a secure IT environment with limited resources. One of the ways we solve this is by performing managed detection and response (MDR) specifically for organizations like yours.

Our security expertise is at your fingertips, 24x7, so you can focus on your day-to-day operations of running the business. In other words, we’ve got your back.

Let’s talk! I can show you how a ControlScan partnership will save you significant time and money - and take some weight off your shoulders - in 2020. Reply to this email or give me a call today at (678) 694-068.

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer Brings Their Lung Cancer Living Room to Atlanta!

Every month, The GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer hosts their “Lung Cancer Living Room” from their headquarters in San Carlos, CA.  It is an education and support group for patients and their families. It is a forum for presentations by lung cancer specialists, physicians, and researchers.  The session is an unrestricted forum covering all topics: early detection, treatment options, molecular and genetic testing, clinical trials, drug discoveries, personalized medicine, nutrition, surgical equipment and procedures, up-to-date news about advancements, and more.  They share personal stories, get/give advice and support, and share critical information from doctors and researchers. 

This month, they are bringing their show on the road to Atlanta, Georgia!

Why Biomarker Testing is Important


Jennifer King, PhD - Senior Director, Science and Research - GO2 Foundation for Lung Cancer

Speakers from the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Suresh Ramalingam - Medical Oncologist
Dr. Drew Moghanaki - Radiation Oncologist
Dr Onkar Khullar - Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Dr. Charles Hill - Pathologist

Date / Time

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2020 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm Eastern Standard Time
(In person attendees are invited for dinner at 5:00pm.)


Emory Conference Center Hotel / Garden Level - Azalea Room
1615 Clifton Road
Atlanta, Georgia
(Or, in your living room via YouTube or Facebook!)

How to Participate
All interested patients, caregivers, advocates, and health care professionals are encouraged to join the conversation. There are three ways to participate:
  1. In Person – If you live close to Atlanta, join for dinner and conversation (see above).
  2. Facebook Livefacebook.com/GO2Foundation – tune in at 5:30 pm ET and ask questions online.
  3. YouTube Liveyoutube.com/GO2FoundationforLungCancer – tune in at 5:30 pm ET.
Click HERE to download the flyer.  Print! Email! Share!

More info:  Contact the Patient Services Team at (650) 598-2857 or livingroom@go2foundation.org.