Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Is your cybersecurity on autopilot?

Cybersecurity tools like firewalls, SIEM systems and endpoint security technologies are designed to help protect your IT network. But without an actual human to actively utilize the data coming from these tools, your security defenses are essentially on autopilot.

It's not just how good your tools are; it's who's leveraging them.

Human interaction is necessary for true network visibility, so potential threats can be identified and appropriately addressed in real time. That's why we have highly trained security operations analysts working in our U.S.-based Security Operations Center (SOC) to perform 24x7 threat detection and response for our customers.

We've got your back.

Our Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service is delivered as a transparent extension of your business. We take your cybersecurity off autopilot and put you in control.

Learn more about how our MDR service can secure your network or how you can increase your revenue and reduce churn by offering it to your clients.

If you are an MSP, POS VAR, or an ISV, you can add our MDR solution to your suite of services via our partnership program.  Learn more about it here, or contact me today.

Monday, February 18, 2019

From Verizon's 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report...

“Protecting your good names comes down to two things:  defense and response.  You should build defenses that are strong enough to send cyber-criminals in the direction of an easier target.  But no defense is 100% effective. Should an attacker get through, you need to be prepared to respond quickly and effectively.”

ControlScan can help.
Contact me today.

Monday, February 4, 2019

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

ControlScan Announces Verifone MNSP Certification

New Managed Network Service Provider program reinforces secure, compliant relationships between Verifone, convenience retailers, and the service providers they share.

ATLANTA, Feb. 4, 2019 - ControlScan, a leader in managed security and compliance solutions that help secure networks and protect payment card data, announces it is certified by Verifone as a Managed Network Service Provider (MNSP). Under the new MNSP partner program, convenience retailers utilizing Verifone Commander and RubyCi point-of-sale (POS) systems are approved to use ControlScan for managed security and other network-related services.
The use of multiple network service providers can increase convenience retailers’ breach risk and further complicate compliance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS). The Verifone certified MNSP partner program provides visibility and control for all parties by ensuring that the service provider connecting to Verifone is properly vetted as secure and PCI compliant.
“ControlScan and Verifone have a longstanding relationship that includes a joint commitment to securing the payment card environment,” said Mark Carl, CEO, ControlScan. “When Verifone told us about their plans for the MNSP program, we were one of the first in line for the vetting process.”
As a Verifone certified MNSP partner, ControlScan leverages its managed PaySafe UTM Firewall service and state-of-the-art VPN technology to establish a secure, PCI-compliant remote connection to the retailer’s in-store network. This simplifies connectivity for Verifone remote support as well as loyalty programs, EMV at the pump, mobile payments and more for the retailer. A best-practices security approach and standardized configurations also prepare the store for future technologies as they emerge.
ControlScan delivers a variety of managed services that protect and supplement the security, integrity and speed of the retailer’s IT network. These services include ControlScan PaySafe UTM Firewall, a trusted security defense platform already deployed in thousands of retail locations throughout the U.S.; 24x7 threat detection and response, provided by a dedicated in-house team of security analysts; and vulnerability management services that include internal and external scanning of the network environment. ControlScan also offers managed wireless access points, managed switches, professional installation and circuit provisioning.
For more information about ControlScan solutions for convenience stores and fuel retailers, please click here.
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

Thursday, January 24, 2019

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Is it time to break up with your MSSP?

How to know when to cut your MSSP loose.

The Managed Security Services Provider (MSSP) relationship can be a match made in Heaven, lightening your workload and alleviating your security and compliance burden. But if the relationship starts adding to your stress, it could be time to show that MSSP the door.

Do any of these issues sound familiar?

  • Your calls go unanswered...repeatedly
  • The buck gets passed back to you
  • Your MSSP disappears when things get tough
  • The experienced security analysts you were promised are actually junior engineers

It’s not you, it’s them.

If you’re experiencing any of the above issues, it’s time to end the bad relationship and find a partner you can count on.

When you partner with ControlScan, you’ll have access to a team of credentialed security professionals whose everyday focus is to protect your business from threats.

We’ll deploy market leading technology to ensure your network is fully operational and secured. Most importantly... we’re always there when you need us. Our security team and SOC analysts are available 24x7 to keep your network safe.

If you’re ready to take a fresh look at MSSPs, let’s talk.

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.