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.

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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.

Wednesday, October 17, 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!

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

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/.

Contact:
Stacey Holleran                                                                                 
Director, Corporate Communications                                                                                      
678-279-2645                                                                                     
                                                                                        
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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).

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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.

Contact:
Stacey Holleran
Director, Corporate Communications
678-279-2645

Friday, September 28, 2018

ControlScan Partnership Programs

Comprehensive IT security and PCI compliance
across your distributed enterprise.

ControlScan Has Your Back
In the distributed enterprise, multiple physical locations can make it difficult to effectively monitor and control security risk and compliance throughout the business network.  You know this - and so do cyber criminals - which means attaining organization-wide visibility and uniformity must be a priority.

ControlScan has worked with numerous retail, convenience store, restaurant, and branch-based chains to resolve their IT security and PCI compliance challenges, such as:

  • Independent locations that are too small to justify their own IT staff, leaving them without access to the appropriate level of security support and expertise.
  • Locations with their own infrastructure and systems for carrying out business, which are growing in complexity as more and more devices, sensors, and monitors are deployed and network connected.
  • An organizational grown strategy that is adding people and locations, creating more points of potential failure from the human element, volume of transactions, and the various Internet-connected components within their organizational network.
  • Hardware and process uniformity that can introduce a "domino effect" where attackers who compromise a single location exploit the same vulnerabilities across others in the chain.

Partnering with ControlScan gives your IT team the necessary manpower and expertise to achieve your security and compliance goals, without the added costs of new on-premises technologies or employee overhead.

How We Do It
As your Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP), our team becomes your team, enabling your business to predict, protect, and defend against the latest security threats.  Every technology, service, and piece of advice that we deliver helps you secure your business and achieve compliance.

MANAGED SECURITY SOLUTIONS + COMPLIANCE SOLUTIONS + DEEP-SEATED EXPERTISE
= SECURE AND COMPLIANT ENVIRONMENT

Get your entire business secure and compliant
quickly and successfully.
Expertise in both small business and distributed enterprises makes ControlScan the ideal partner for guiding individual locations through the daunting task of achieving and maintaining PCI compliance and a secure network.  In addition, you can rely on our people, processes, and technologies to provide the comprehensive support you need at the organizational level.

Each ControlScan Partner Program is unique to the business we serve.  That's because no two organizations are alike in how they've established and maintained their infrastructure.  Organizational strategies, goals, and processes are also taken into consideration as we build out the best plan of action for your comprehensive security and compliance.

Build the best program for your business.

  • Managed Compliance Services
    • PCI 1-2-3TM
    • ASV Scanning
    • Security Awareness Training
    • Breach Protection
    • Market Strategy Consultation
    • Merchant Engagement Outreach
  • Manged Security Services
    • PaySafeTM UTM Firewall
    • Advanced Endpoint Security
    • Managed Detection and Response
    • Managed SIEM
    • File Integrity Monitoring
    • Network Services
  • Secuirty Consulting Services
    • Senior-Level PCI-Qualified Secuity Assessors on Staff
    • PCI Gap Analysis
    • Risk Assessment
    • Network Penetration Testing
    • Report on Compliance (RoC)


About ControlScan
ControlScan is the Managed Security Service Provider with a difference: We take a proactive approach to protecting businesses from cyber threats while helping ensure their compliance with security and privacy standards like PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH. Our unified security and  compliance services deliver confidence to millions of businesses as well as the IT professionals who serve them. Merchant service providers and web hosting companies also partner with us to reduce cybercrime-related business risk. Based in Atlanta, ControlScan is supported by a worldwide base of customers, partners and strategic alliances.

To learn more, contact me today.

PaySafe UTM Firewall Service from ControlScan

Fully managed, cloud-based networking and security.
Designed to protect your business.

The Business Owner's Security Challenge
The IT threat landscape is more complex than ever before.  Hackers have become increasingly sophisticated in their attacks and employ a variety of techniques - including malware, viruses, and phishing schemes - to target their victims.  Ensuring that your business is secure and protected against outside threats is not just important - it is essential to surviving in today's business world.

  • 47% of all breaches are caused by malicious or criminal attacks.
  • In 2015, 430 million new, unique pieces of malware were discovered.
  • The average cost of a data breach is $170 for each record compromised.

Improperly or mismanaged firewalls continue to be one of the easiest ways for attackers to enter your network and wreak havoc.  It is critical that network firewalls are properly managed, maintained, and monitored.  This requires an IT resource with specialized skills and the bandwidth to keep rules and configurations up-to-date while monitoring traffic and alerts.

Introducing Your Business's New Security Team
ControlScan takes the headache out  of maintaining your crucial first line of defense against malicious threats with our next generation PaySafe Unified Threat Management (UTM) Firewall Service.  We will ensure that critical environments containing sensitive information and payment card data are well protected.  Your PaySafe UTM Firewall Service will be configured correctly, continually monitored, and be in compliance with standards such as PCI DSS and HIPAA. You'll also enjoy critical security features such as:

  • Anti-virus/phishing:  to detect and black malware, trojans, and phishing websites
  • IDS/IPS:  to alert to and prevent suspicious network traffic
  • VPN:  to ensure secure, encrypted traffic between locations
  • Content filtering:  to filter URLs using locally downloaded or full hosted database ("top sites")

Take security off your to-do list.  Let us manage it for you.
With ControlScan's PaySafe UTM Firewall Service, you add a solution and a skilled support team that:

  • Ensures firewalls are implemented for maximum security as well as straight-forward compliance with standards like PCI and HIPAA
  • Updates and upgrades firewall firmware to protect against the latest threats
  • Remotely monitors all firewalls for alerts and unexpected events
  • Maintains firewall rules to keep pace with changes in you network
  • Delivers analysis on what's happening in your network and whether you should be worried
  • Provides a full lifetime hardware warranty with next-day advanced replacement.

An MSSP That's Got  Your Back
The ControlScan PaySafe UTM Firewall Service is the best of breed managed security solution tailored for your organization.  ConstrolScan is a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) and specializes in delivering technical expertise and security know-how required to keep your organization secure and compliant.  We offer custom solutions and additional features - including wireless access points and 3G/4G fail-over service - to accommodate the unique needs of your practice or organization, regardless of size.

As your MSSP partner, we alleviate the administrative burden resulting from the ongoing management of a UTM firewall device and work to ensure the security of your network.  The Management Service benefits of ControlScan PaySafe UTM Firewall Service include:

  • Decreased network management costs
  • Ongoing monitoring and real-time response to alerts and threats
  • Reduced risk of malware exposure to critical systems
  • Limited transaction loss through up-time monitoring and fail-over internet connections
  • Reduced scope of compliance by isolating systems within the network

About ControlScan
ControlScan is the Managed Security Service Provider with a difference: We take a proactive approach to protecting businesses from cyber threats while helping ensure their compliance with security and privacy standards like PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH. Our unified security and  compliance services deliver confidence to millions of businesses as well as the IT professionals who serve them. Merchant service providers and web hosting companies also partner with us to reduce cybercrime-related business risk. Based in Atlanta, ControlScan is supported by a worldwide base of customers, partners and strategic alliances.

To learn more, contact me today.

Monday, September 10, 2018

U.S. News Ranks Agnes Scott College No. 1 Most Innovative School in the Country Among National Liberal Arts Colleges

*Originally published on Monday, September 10, 2018 by agnesscott.edu.

Decatur, GA, September 10, 2018—Agnes Scott College is ranked No. 1 in the country among national liberal arts colleges on the Most Innovative Schools list in U.S. News & World Report’s 2019 edition of Best Colleges. The leadership at Agnes Scott attributes this recognition to SUMMIT, an innovative program that reinvents a liberal arts education for the 21st century by preparing every student to be an effective change agent in a global society.


“We are incredibly excited to be named the No. 1 Most Innovative School. With its focus on global learning and leadership development, SUMMIT has redefined a liberal arts education, offering students a unique academic experience that sets them on the path of success in their careers and in the world,” said President Leocadia I. Zak. “SUMMIT has been truly transformative for Agnes Scott, and as we continue to rise in the rankings, we are proud to be recognized as one of the premier institutions in the country.” 

The Most Innovative Schools ranking identifies “schools that the public should be watching because of the cutting-edge changes being made on their campuses.” It is based on a peer assessment survey in which college presidents, provosts and admissions deans nominate up to 15 colleges or universities “that are making the most innovative improvements in terms of curriculum, faculty, students, campus life, technology or facilities.”

Julia King '22 was immediately drawn to Agnes Scott’s SUMMIT curriculum, seeing it as the perfect way to prepare herself for the ever-changing world. “The biggest thing that helped me during my college search was finding schools that had programs that excited me—for me, that was SUMMIT,” she said.  “In every part of my journey through SUMMIT, my education will be given thought and care. As a conscientious learner, I appreciate this concept.”

Agnes Scott was also ranked second nationally for Best Undergraduate Teaching, which recognizes institutions where faculty have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching.


“The students are why we are here, and no one understands this more than Agnes Scott’s faculty, who are models of teaching excellence,” said Zak. “They care deeply about their work and are invested in their role of shaping tomorrow’s leaders, thinkers and game changers. Their passion, creativity and dedication foster the inspired and effective teaching happening in our classrooms.”

Agnes Scott climbed in the U.S. News best national liberal arts colleges rankings, placing No. 51, ten spots higher than last year, while remaining among the top 25 best value colleges.

U.S. News publishes the Best Colleges guidebook annually. The 2019 rankings can be viewed on the U.S. News website.

Agnes Scott College educates women to think deeply, live honorably and engage the intellectual and social challenges of their times. Students are drawn to Agnes Scott by its excellent academic reputation, exceptional faculty and metropolitan Atlanta location—offering myriad social, cultural and experiential learning opportunities. This highly selective liberal arts college is known for its diverse and dynamic intellectual community. Through SUMMIT, it provides every student, regardless of major, with an individualized course of study and co-curricular experiences that develop leadership abilities and understanding of complex global dynamics. 

Media Contact:
Danita Knight
Vice President for Communications and Marketing
404.596.2939 (cell)
dknight@agnesscott.edu

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Today is World Lung Cancer Day.

August 1 is celebrated as World Lung Cancer Day
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. We are fighting to change this.

Please consider a donation today:
https://www.supportalcf.org/InLovingMemory/joangaeta

Learn more:
GaetaFund.org

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Looking for a new challenge...

Good day!

As an accomplished sales and marketing professional with 25 years of experience, including 20 years of success in IT and telecom, I am currently seeking my next challenge in the IT space as a channel sales manager or account executive. I have extensive solution selling and channel management experience with a track record of success.

If your company is looking to add a motivated and experienced direct or indirect sales professional, contact me today! You can find my resume here.

Feel free to connect with me via LinkedIn as well.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Some career highlights...


  • As a Software Sales Representative for IBM (2010 – 2016)
    • IBM Global Sales Leadership Award, Q2 2015
      • As presented by Judy Buchholz, General Manager IBM Worldwide Digital Sales: "Clients always come first. That is the mantra of Systems Middleware Digital Sales Rep Joe Gaeta. Joe goes the extra mile to turn around dissatisfied clients, even when there is no immediate business opportunity. During 2Q, he worked hard to resolve thorny issues at Kodak Alaris and Mercury Systems and eventually earned the client’s trust. Good things followed.
        • Assumed a challenging mission in a territory that had been “unloved” for a long time
          • Joe delivered, posting astounding 2Q business results (534% of target; Hit every monthly revenue target; Drove 11 key opportunities)
          • Embraces digital selling (is a Digital Champion in the Atlanta Center; sends digital selling updates to the team & provides links to good content; meets with reps 1 on 1 to help them complete Digital Mastery; is a valued advisor to reps & managers on how to use digital tools
          • Role model for IBM Practice, “Put the Client First” (At Kodak Alaris, he fixed a complicated license ownership issue and turned around a customer sat problem, which led to a 3Q MQ Series opportunity; At Mercury Systems, he addressed thorny issues around license maintenance costs which led to 42K of net new WebSphere Cast Iron licenses in 2Q)."
    • IBM Sales Eminence Award, FY 2014
    • IBM Business Unit Executive Award, Q2 2012


  • As a Channel Sales Manager for EarthLink (2006-2009)
    • Increased monthly subscribers from an outbound telemarketing partner over 400% within my first four months on the account
    • Increased monthly premium subscribers from an inbound telemarketing partner over 200% within the first two months of handling the account. 

  • As a Channel Sales Manager for SkyTel (2003 – 2006)
    • Responsible for 45% of all units in service through the indirect channel.


  • As a Program Manager for the ibm.com Business Development Center (2001 - 2003)
    • Doubled the usage of IBM’s online inventory application in less than a year.
    • Exceeded deployment target of IBM Learning Service’s online purchasing tool by 20%. Created marketing materials and launched a successful sales contest despite funding constraints.
    • Completed IBM Sales Leadership Development Program (LDP). LDP was a year-long training and education program designed to cultivate formal leadership skills in selected employees. 

My complete resume can be found HERE.