Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to get you. And you are paranoid, aren’t you? Well, you should be.
In recent years, cybercrime has been on the rise all over the world. Mega corporations, political organizations, and small businesses have all been under attack. Even individuals are scammed daily. Careers have been destroyed, and businesses have crumbled due to breaches in security. And no matter your industry, your customers deserve to feel like their information is protected. Advantage Technology is here to help you accomplish that.
Ransomware has exploded in 2016, with our offices personally dealing with over a dozen different attacks. We even did a whole podcast on it and spoke to an FBI group about it. And with the growth of cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, there’s no reason to believe ransomware is going away anytime soon. As a matter of fact, there are even some ransomware viruses that infect mobile devices.
During the 2016 election, emails of several members of a major political party were stolen and published for the world to see. This event cost several high-ranking officials their positions.
In 2014 the Sony Pictures CEO had to step down when her private emails were released to the public following a data breach.
Target is still feeling the effects of a massive data breach of consumer information in 2013.
If you work in a heavily regulated industry, like healthcare, then a single data breach can cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars. And believe it or not, personal health information sells at a higher dollar value than credit card numbers. Personal health information is used for a wide range of nefarious purposes, from forging prescriptions for drugs to identity fraud and even launching fraudulent lawsuits.
The only way to protect yourself from cybercrime is with a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) who understands your business, information technology, and human behavior. A quality CISO will develop procedures and policies to keep your information safe and secure.
What is the role of a CISO and why do businesses need one?
The central role of the CISO is to provide guidance and leadership that is necessary for a business to reduce its risk to cyber attacks, to develop a response plan in the event an attack is successful, and to provide on-going training and assessments of future risks. A CISO does this by managing hardware – including physical barriers to entry and virtual entry points like firewalls – software – including desktop applications and mobile devices – and human assets – ensuring people are properly trained to identify and avoid threats.
With cyber attacks like ransomware on the rise, data breaches making headlines every day and government agencies cracking down industries, taking information security seriously is no longer a luxury, it’s an absolute necessity.
Unfortunately, many businesses cannot afford a C-Suite level executive to manage their information security. CISOs are in demand, and as a result they demand competitive salaries. There is a lot of time involved in onboarding a new CISO and CISOs require ongoing, specialized training.
This is where Advantage Technology’s Virtual CISO comes in. With our Virtual CISO, Rob Dixon, we have developed products and programs that can provide you with the value of a CISO on an on-demand basis – keeping your information secure while saving you money.
Meet Rob Dixon
Rob Dixon has a long history of protecting information. Before coming to Advantage Technology, Rob Dixon was the Director of Global Threat Intelligence for one of the largest private security firms in the world. He assisted in architecting security automation and orchestration platforms and enhanced threat analysis. He also created a real-world simulation testing framework for structured security testing to validate the effectiveness of security products. In his role with the Global Threat Intelligence team, he led up the development of dark web research methodologies and industry specific honeypots (a computer system that is set up to act as a decoy to lure cyber attackers) for intelligence collection.
A former penetration tester for a prestigious security firm, he has also served clients and constituents in multiple industries including law enforcement, state and federal government, medical, financial, oil and gas, energy, entertainment and gaming. This experience includes advanced threat analysis methodologies, automated intelligence gathering, application testing, red teaming, network forensics and investigation.
Before joining private security firms, he was the Cyber Security Operations Manager for the State of West Virginia. His responsibilities included researching, designing, deploying and operating a statewide intrusion control and monitoring program. In addition he designed and built the state’s first consolidate Cyber Security Operations Center (CSOC). In this position, he supported the West Virginia Critical Infrastructure Protection Task Force (WVCIPTF), where he provided information security guidance and expertise to military leadership, government executives and agency heads. From 2004 through 2010, he was the chief incident responder for the executive branch of West Virginia, responding to and handling thousands of incidents.
Time to get serious about security
Rob will bring all of the experience and skills he has acquired over 20 years in the information security industry into your business when you engage Advantage Technology with your cyber-security needs. Without taking security seriously, it’s only a matter of time before your company or organization becomes crippled by a cyber-attack or appears in headlines due to a data breach.
If you don’t know how to protect your information and protect your customer’s privacy, then give us a call, we do.