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As Threats Increase, Get To Know Trusted Experts Against Cybersecurity Attacks
Stories about cyber attacks continue to make headlines, and that has a lot of experts saying it’s not really a matter of if you’ll be hacked, but when. Are you ready? Can your small- to medium-sized business handle such an attack?
At Taylor Digital, specializing in developing custom website and software applications, search engine strategy and content marketing means we take our responsibility very seriously when it comes to helping clients keep their website, business and their customers as safe as possible. With that in mind, we’re happy to introduce our trusted partner, Cytellix to clients and partners and share their expertise in cybersecurity for small- and medium-sized businesses—a sector that is significantly impacted by, yet woefully underprepared for, cyber attacks.
The Risk to the SMB Market
According to the experts at Cytellix, the small-to-medium size business marketplace has become a favorite hackers’ playground. In 2016, the National Small Business Administration reported that 60 percent of cyber attacks were perpetrated against businesses in the SMB sector. Of those attacked, 60 percent of the businesses will experience losses significant enough to drive them out of business within six months. Limited budgets and cyber resources have prevented business owners from protecting their infrastructure.
The industries most open to cyber-attacks are healthcare, manufacturing and financial services.
- Healthcare: A recent study revealed that in 2015, 47 percent of the U.S. population had their personal healthcare data compromised. Electronic health records are valuable because they’ll often yield information such as email addresses, social security numbers and credit card numbers.
- Manufacturing: More and more manufacturing processes are linked to smart devices and industrial control services. This has positioned manufacturing as the second most targeted industry for cyber attack. Industry Week states, “These attacks can cause manufacturing disruptions, leading to defective products, production downtime, physical damage and even threaten lives. Because of the volatility, the Department of Commerce has issued a cybersecurity mandate for the industry.
- Finance: The finance industry is the third most targeted industry for cyber-attacks. As a result, big banks spend billions on security, but still scramble to stay ahead of cyber criminals, who develop more sophisticated means of infiltration with each passing week. Meanwhile, financial market SMBs—with smaller budgets and fewer resources, tools and personnel—are left more vulnerable to attacks and are an easy target for hackers.
Cytellix – The Proactive Approach
Cytellix provides cutting-edge, managed cybersecurity services that enable SMB customers to have a proactive, cost-effective approach to cyber threats. They are equipped with experts, train staff and deploy solutions to keep your organization safe from malicious activity. Cytellix offers comprehensive turnkey cybersecurity services as an affordable subscription for small and medium businesses. Their three-part process includes:
- Vulnerability Assessment – Cytellix looks for areas of vulnerability, such as open and old connections, software updates and unmanaged devices. They perform a gap analysis, focusing on access control, security policies, network design and daily staff practices and procedures.
- Continuous Monitoring – This is where things get real – as in real data in real time. Cytellix establishes a baseline of normal activity so that fluctuations and anomalies are clear during constant monitoring. They can compare the baseline with behavioral changes to provide real-time threat alerts to the customer. The difference with Cytellix is in the real-time awareness and continuous improvements their solutions provide to keep an organization cyber healthy.
- Remediation/Best Practices – Based on the findings, companies are given a report card with specific recommendations. Some problems will be rectified through employee training and an increased emphasis on best practices. Cytellix then tackles the remaining threats—closing the gap between known and unknown threats.
The financial bottom line is something we always consider when we recommend a company or service to our clients. IMRI, the parent company of Cytellix, has been known as the industry leader in program management, engineering, information technology and cybersecurity for over 25 years. Their solutions protect the infrastructure of many large accounts, including the U.S. Army, Department of Defense, Walt Disney and PricewaterhouseCoopers. Because Cytellix was scaled specifically for SMB clients, the price point is realistic and the ROI can be huge.
As a digital agency, we follow cybersecurity news closely and understand how a cyber attack disrupts business. We understand that any break in business continuity drains money and time from your company. A cyber attack shakes your customers’ confidence, after which it can be hard to rebuild your reputation and regain trust. If your company does fall victim to a cyber attack, the financial implications are often significant. We’re happy to recommend Cytellix to our clients and help them prepare for the possibility of a cyber attack.
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ABOUT BRIAN BERGER: Brian Berger is the executive vice president of commercial cybersecurity for Cytellix, responsible for 24/7 system management and business operations, as well as marketing, development, sales and engineering support of the cyber team and its solutions. With more than 28 years of experience in device security, IT, data analytics and corporate leadership, Berger has led the successful development of strategic engagement agreements with multibillion-dollar cloud service providers, securing significant contracts in data encryption, authentication, network security, cloud, analytics and embedded hardware security.
Prior to his role at Cytellix, Berger was co-founder and CEO of Cerberus Co., an IoT and cloud security company renowned for developing owner-based information containers managed from the cloud. Berger holds seven patents in cryptographic technology. He has served as the chairman and board director for Trusted Computing Group and is the recipient of numerous sales performance awards.