Monday, May 18, 2020

Cybersecurity vigilance during this pandemic should not be ignored.

Well before the current COVID-19 crisis, cyberattacks have been on the rise significantly - especially phishing attacks and ransomware.  The current state of affairs has only exacerbated the problem.

In the midst of this pandemic and historic economic downturn, businesses are in a very difficult position - particularly small and medium businesses.  Revenue is taking a massive hit - forcing furloughs, layoffs, and the gutting of resources.  At the same time, ever-more cunning and sophisticated cyberattacks leave companies exposed to a potential death-blow.

Even in good economic times, data breaches cause 10% of small businesses to shutter and 25% to file for bankruptcy.  These numbers become even more dire when combined with a national/global shutdown.

As businesses tighten their belts, work to sustain revenue streams, and re-prioritize projects, it is wise to look at cybersecurity as a priority rather than just another IT expense that can be delayed. It is not the same thing as merely postponing that server upgrade or refreshing those company laptops.

Many organizations do not have the internal bandwidth to keep a vigilant 24 x7 watch over the security events in their IT environment.  ControlScan performs Managed Detection and Response precisely for such organizations.

ControlSan's security analysts identify intrusions and suspicious activities as they are happening so they can be extracted from the network environment before any damage is done. Our analysts provide true, hands-on response in real time to ensure our customers' environments remains protected.

The ControlScan 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 businesses optimized and running no matter what challenges arise.

Cybersecurity should be a priority to any business, especially in uncertain times.  If you have any questions about how to protect your business from a cyberattack, or if you simply want to talk about security best practices, please reach out.

Take care of yourself, your family, your employees, your customers, and your business. Stay safe.

Joe Gaeta
April 8th, 2020

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