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Simply Secure Group Partners with G5 Cyber Security

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Two Powerhouse Cybersecurity Companies Simply Secure & G5 Cyber Security join forces!

 

Major shake-up across the Caribbean as two powerhouse cybersecurity companies Simply Secure Group (https://www.simplysecuregroup.com) and G5 Cyber Security Inc (https://www.g5cybersecurity.com) join forces.

 

Simply Secure Group a Fort Lauderdale based cybersecurity company specializing in threat assessment, security audits, incident response and security awareness training have teamed up with G5 Cyber security, Inc. a Belizean Cyber Security and Data Privacy consulting company providing 100% remote services to protect businesses and families, primarily in The Caribbean. This move is projected to offer clients a fully Managed Security Service using Simply Secures’, “Security Sure” Platform.

G5 Cyber Security, Inc is supported by consultants with international experience in regions such as The Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia. By joining forces with Simply Secure Group, G5 Cyber Security’s clients will now benefit from an extensive portfolio of cybersecurity services, including Simply Secure’s powerful application suite.

 

Simply Secure Group, Chief Executive Officer, Kevin Gordon said, “We’re living in uncertain times with many customers forced to work from home with minimal security and we want to ensure our customers benefit from the wealth of knowledge we both bring and value we’re already delivering. We’re excited to see where this journey takes us.

 

G5 Cyber Security, Inc, Director Gavin Dennis also commented on the partnership, saying “We’re taking a fresh approach to helping businesses protect their important data no matter where they are located. This partnership will make cyber security services becoming more accessible, especially to businesses across The Caribbean.”

 

Email: Info@simplysecuregroup.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/simply-secure/

Website: https://www.simplysecuregroup.com

Work from Home – Hackers Dream!

Tuesday, March 24th, 2020

WORK FROM HOME – HACKERS DREAM!

 

All across the world, people are being asked to work and study from home because of the coronavirus pandemic and they are bringing their laptops, sensitive company data and access to critical systems home.

We need serious thought around the potential cybersecurity risks, as these systems are not only exposed to compromise but they allow an easy arena for hackers seeking to take advantage and infiltrate corporations.

Essentially companies are moving their sensitive data from a professionally managed corporate networks to a home Wi-Fi with basic protection. They have even loosened restrictions to allow access to critical system from the comfort of a rushed home office.

Governments across the United States and Britain have issued warnings about the dangers of this new remote workforce, while managed security service providers like Simply Secure Group have seen significant increases in requests to help secure networks and work from home employees.

So what can we do?

 

  • Company 

  1. Ensure you have an updated VPN
  2. Monitor all VPN traffic
  3. Deploy NexGen EDR or Anti-Virus for all computers
  4. Scan all machines and fix all known vulnerabilities before they leave
  5. Enable automated patch management protocol or have this outsourced

 

  • User

  1. Change or harden your Home Wi-Fi password immediately!
  2. Do not click on unknown websites or links
  3. Keep personal files, programs off your company device to limit exposure
  4. Disconnect VPN and shut down company computer when not in use
  5. Report ANY suspicious behavior to the IT department

 

About Us

Simply Secure LLC is an end-to-end Information Security solutions provider. From threat assessment to security management and incident response services, Simply Secure offers a wide array of infrastructure solutions. Each designed to fit your unique environment and business model with our key solution being our Managed “Security Sure” Package which provides 8 layers of coverage for $10/device.

Simply Secure adds NextGen Endpoint Detection & Response

Friday, February 21st, 2020

Simply Secure Adds NextGen Endpoint Detection & Response (EDR) for all clients!

 

Simply Secure Group  (https://www.simplysecuregroup.com) is pleased to announce that they have completed major upgrades to their platform and will now add NextGen EDR protection for all clients at no extra cost!

To protect against modern threats, Managed Service Security Providers (MSSPs) need to take a layered approach to security. By overlapping multiple security controls, you can mitigate the risk of falling victim and EDR completes the suite of services provided by the Simply Secure Group team.

 

EDR goes beyond traditional antivirus using a signatureless approach, that means no waiting for recurring scans or updates to signature definitions. And in the event of an attack, Simply Secure’s EDR will take steps to help contain the threat, reverse the effects and automatically roll back the endpoint or compromised files to a healthy state.

CEO & Co-Founder Kevin Gordon said, “This is an important step in ensuring we provide the best cybersecurity protection for our clients. EDR levels the playing field helping us to stay a step ahead of cyber-attacks while preserving our clients business and reputation.

 

Email: Info@simplysecuregroup.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/simply-secure/

Website: https://www.simplysecuregroup.com

Simply Secure Group and Ingenuity Technologies Joins Forces!

Wednesday, February 19th, 2020

Simply Secure Group and Ingenuity Technology announce partnership to offer trusted cybersecurity solutions to a wider client base.

 

Simply Secure Group a Fort Lauderdale based cybersecurity company specializing in threat assessment, security audits, incident response and security awareness training have teamed up with Ingenuity Technology, a digital transformation and software engineering firm helping organizations increase efficiency and productivity through software. This move is projected to transform the efficiency and security of their clients operation through technology.

 

   

 

Ingenuity which is Headquartered in Miami, has a number of global partnerships and a client base that extends within North America, Europe and Canada. Ingenuity Technology’s management team and advisors works with large technology and Fortune 100 companies in the area of Innovation and Digital Transformation. By joining forces with Simply Secure Group, Ingenuity Technology’s clients will now benefit from an extensive portfolio of cybersecurity services, including Simply Secure’s powerful application suite.

 

Simply Secure Group CEO & Co-Founder Kevin Gordon said, “The partnership joins the expertise of Simply Secure Group with Ingenuity Technology’s years’ of software experience and established reputation. Our ultimate goal is to enhance our customers’ operation and security through innovation in technology.

Ingenuity Technology CEO & Founder Melarka Williams also commented on the partnership, saying “We’ve always taken bold steps in ensuring our customers’ are given the right software tools to enhance their operation and cybersecurity protection has become a relevant part of every conversation. We’re equally excited to work with the Simply Secure Group!

 

Email: Info@simplysecuregroup.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/simply-secure/

Website: https://www.simplysecuregroup.com

Man in the middle attack

Thursday, February 13th, 2020

Man-in-The-Middle Attack

A Man-in-the-Middle (MITM) attack happens when a hacker inserts themselves between a user and a website to capture credit card or other financial information.

How to protect yourself

  1. Walk with your own portable Wi-Fi hotspot
  2. Verify the SSID with the hotel or airport authority before connecting
  3. Use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) to encrypt your web traffic
  4. Install active virus and malware protection
  5. Avoid using public Wi-Fi networks if possible!

Simply Secure Group Appoints – Germaine Phillips Head of Sales – Caribbean

Monday, February 10th, 2020

Simply Secure Group appoints Germaine Phillips as Head of Sales – Caribbean

Simply Secure Group, a Cybersecurity company providing Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Incident Response, Security Awareness Training and SOC services, announced today the appointment of Germaine Phillips as Head of Sales for the Caribbean.

Germaine is a recognized business leader with more than 10 years’ experience in the ICT sales & technology and has played a significant role in leading his previous company, delivering consistent commercial success across diverse industries in the Caribbean.

 

Previously, Germaine served as Key Accounts Manager for Digicel Jamaica and Regional Sales Manager for Symptai Consulting Limited. He has also served as Marketing and Promotions Manager for Margaritaville Caribbean Group and brings a wealth of knowledge which will be used to enhance Simply Secures’ existing Marketing and Promotion plans.

 

“We have ambitious plans to expand our global reach to support more clients and are excited for the experience and leadership Germaine brings to our team,” Simply Secure Group Founder Kevin Gordon said.

 

Kevin Gordon said, “Simply Secure has been done tremendous work building and developing relationships in the Caribbean, United States and Europe while delivering tailored Cybersecurity solutions for customers. This will continue as the company now sets its sights on new data center projects to enhance the resilience of the service offerings to its clients.”

 

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Email: Info@simplysecuregroup.com

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Website: https://www.simplysecuregroup.com

Are you a target for hackers?

Friday, February 7th, 2020

Have You Made Yourself a Target?

Have you heard the statement, “It won’t happen to me”, then it happened!  We are all at risk and the stakes are high – to your personal and financial well-being.

  1. Network security is everyone’s responsibility, not just the CIO.
  2. You must remain vigilant and aware of your virtual and physical surroundings.
  3. Every incremental security step taken reduces your risk significantly, you’re not over-doing it!
  4. Security is always expensive until it’s not enough.
  5. Smaller businesses are prime targets due to their lack of security controls, take the necessary steps to protect your business.

Tip #1 – Keep software updated:

Installing software updates for your operating system and programs is critical, always install the latest security updates for your devices. Vulnerabilities are known risks that could be used to exploit a software and one sure way to minimize these types of attacks are pro-active software updates. In one day, WannaCry infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries with approximately $4 billion in financial losses.

These simple steps could significantly reduce your risks

  1. Always install the latest security updates for all your devices!
  2. Turn on Automatic updates within your operating system.
  3. Use web browsers (Chrome, Firefox) that receives frequent automatic security updates.
  4. Make sure to keep a security browser plug-in

Tip #2 – Beware of suspicious emails and phone calls – Avoid Phishing!

Phishing scams are a constant threat, cyber-criminals will attempt to trick you into divulging critical information like your login ID, password, banking or credit card information.

Tip #3 – Practice good password management

We all have too many passwords to manage – and it’s easy to take short-cuts, like reusing the same password. A password management program can help you to maintain strong unique passwords for all of your accounts. These programs can generate strong passwords for you, enter credentials automatically, and remind you to update your passwords periodically.

  • Use long passwords, 16 characters or more.
  • Use a strong mix of characters, and never use the same password for multiple sites.
  • Don’t share your passwords and don’t write them down.
  • Update your passwords periodically.

Tip #4 –  Be careful what you click

Avoid visiting unknown websites or downloading software from untrusted sources. If attachments or links in the email are unexpected or suspicious for any reason, don’t click on it!

Tip #5 – Never leave devices unattended

The physical security of your devices is just as important as their technical security.

  • If you need to leave your laptop, phone, or tablet for any length of time – lock it up so no one else can use it.
  • If you keep sensitive information on a flash drive or external hard drive, make sure to keep these locked as well.
  • For desktop computers, shut-down the system when not in use – or lock your screen.

Tip #6 – Protect sensitive data

Be aware of sensitive data that you come into contact with, and associated restrictions – review the UCB Data Classification Standard to understand data protection level requirements.  In general:

  • Keep sensitive data (e.g. SSN, credit card information, staff records, health information, etc.) off of your workstation, laptop, or mobile devices.
  • Securely remove sensitive data files from your system when they are no longer needed.
  • Always use encryption when storing or transmitting sensitive data.

Unsure of how to store or handle sensitive data?  Contact us and ask!

Tip #7 – Use mobile devices safely

Considering how much we rely on our mobile devices, and how susceptible they are to attack, you’ll want to make sure you are protected:

  • Lock your device with a PIN or password – and never leave it unprotected in public.
  • Only install apps from trusted sources.
  • Keep your device’s operating system updated.
  • Don’t click on links or attachments from unsolicited emails or texts.
  • Avoid transmitting or storing personal information on the device.
  • Most handheld devices are capable of employing data encryption – consult your device’s documentation for available options.
  • Backup your data.

Tip #8 – Install anti-virus protection

Only install an anti-virus program from a known and trusted source. Keep virus definitions, engines and software up to date to ensure your anti-virus program remains effective.

Tip #9 – Back up your data

Back up regularly – if you are a victim of a security incident, you’ll be happy you did.

Simply Secure Partners with Fortinet!

Monday, January 20th, 2020
     

 

 

Simply Secure Group, a Cybersecurity company providing Vulnerability Assessments, Penetration Testing, Incident Response, Security Awareness Training and SOC services, announced today a strategic Partnership with Fortinet.

Founded in 2000, Fortinet’s vision is to deliver broad, truly integrated, high-performance security across the IT infrastructure. As the only dedicated cyber-security company in the S&P 500, Fortinet secures some of the largest enterprise, service provider and government organisations in the world!

Simply Secure Group CEO & Co-Founder Kevin Gordon stated, “We aim to provide flexible and cost-effective cybersecurity solutions integrating Fortinet suite of services with our own to build a robust platform for our clients. This forms part of our global expansion program which ensures our customers are served with the best tools and services”.

Email: Info@simplysecuregroup.com

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/simply-secure/

Website: https://www.simplysecuregroup.com

6 Reasons Why an Antivirus is not Enough

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Regular Antivirus software detects, stops, and treats viruses and worms, but antivirus alone is not enough for SMBs with business-critical data. Targeted cyberattacks are on the rise, and this means your approach to protecting your data should also evolve.

Regular antivirus software may be sufficient for individual devices if they don’t store private data. SMBs who do have these assets, which make them targets to more advanced attacks, require a more proactive approach.

A study by Panda Research has found that a typical antivirus will only stop 30-50% of new malware when it first appears. Antivirus protects you from classic dangers like known viruses, but with sophisticated attacks on the rise, SMBs require a multi-layered approach to cybersecurity. A trusted managed services provider like Simply Secure, can ensure that your business-critical data is protected proactively against the evolving threat landscape.

Data from the National Cyber Security Alliance shows that 60 percent of SMBs close after six months following a cyber attack. Companies may be subject to an extreme loss in revenue from the time taken to fix a data breach or fall victim to ransomware demands. Additionally, when your company falls prey to a cyberattack, you may lose credibility and customers’ trust, risking potential new clients or repeat business.

There are many services offered by managed cybersecurity professionals, which benefit SMBs in addition to antivirus software.

1. Customized protection from cyberattacks:

Cybersecurity companies protect their clients from cyberattacks before they occur. Unlike antivirus, which is predominantly reactive, managed cybersecurity is proactive. Also, security solutions are customized to fit a company’s unique infrastructure and budget, unlike general antivirus software. The products are more efficient in detecting and remediating potential threats by actively monitoring and updating defenses.

2. Proactively identify weaknesses in your network’s infrastructure:

Companies are often unaware that their computer networks harbor security vulnerabilities that allow attackers to enter. Cybersecurity companies have the tools and knowledge to provide a thorough audit of every piece of hardware used to identify these gateways. They then create a plan to fix security holes and strengthen network weaknesses. Services like a regular Vulnerability Assessment will proactively protect your network against cyberattacks before they occur.

3. People Power:

Untrained employees can be the most significant vulnerability to a company’s online security. According to Verizon’s 2019 data breach investigations report, 33% of breaches are due to social engineering. Companies must train their employees on how to identify phishing and business compromised emails. Cybersecurity teams provide helpful tools and resources to teach correct cybersecurity habits.

 4. Adapt to the changing threat landscape:

Also known as a ‘bug fix,’ a patch is a set of changes to a computer program or its supported data, which will update, fix and improve its performance or security. When a cybersecurity company initializes its services for a business, they apply patches to hardware and software in the organization. They will perform routine patch-management and ensure they are up-to-date to protect your networks from malware and other security vulnerabilities.

5. 24/7 Detection and Remediation:

By providing 24/7 monitoring through a security operations center (SOC), threats are identified in real time. For smaller businesses, an outsourced SOC enables immediate access to talented, certified cyber professionals around the clock, shared threat intelligence, segregation of duties, scalability and reduced barriers to entry and lower ongoing costs. Cybersecurity professionals use security information event management (SIEM) tools to identify and remediate issues as they arise. A remediation plan saves businesses an exponential amount of time and potentially loss of revenue and irreparable damage to reputation.

 6. Compliance:

Data breaches have become a mainstream topic; therefore many governments have applied laws for corporations to protect their clients’ data. It is the responsibility of the company to keep their systems safe from potential attacks. Failure to meet these governmental requirements can result in hefty fines or lawsuits large enough to put smaller companies out of business. By trusting a cybersecurity company to handle your networks, you are guaranteed to meet these requirements specific to your country and industry.

Antivirus forms part of a cyber security framework however will not be able to protect your system against all threats. For enhanced security, your business needs a multi-layered, proactive approach.

Talk to the experts at Simply Secure Group about your businesses’ specific cybersecurity needs to protect your systems before a crisis occurs. It only takes one virus to cost your company exponential damage in lost revenue, clients, and future business

Six Benefits of a Vulnerability Assessment for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

Friday, November 1st, 2019

A Vulnerability Assessment is a critical first step that SMBs can take to protect their business from cyber threats before they occur. When you hear or see a pop up which says “Threat Detected”, automatically, you’re alerted to respond. If your computer warns you of a suspicious site or activity, most people will not proceed to an untrusted source. Regular antivirus systems help identify and attempt to treat online viruses, but a Vulnerability Assessment is crucial in preventing damage before it occurs to your business-critical data.

A Vulnerability Assessment is a process of identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing the vulnerabilities in a system. Some examples of where the assessments are performed include information technology systems, energy, and water supply systems, and communication systems.

For small to mid-size businesses especially, regular Vulnerability Assessments (VAs) are essential. Security vulnerabilities can enable hackers to access IT systems and applications. Organizations have significant amounts of very valuable, private data, and attackers seek to steal or lock this information for financial gain. SMB’sare often viewed as easy targets, as they may not have the technical expertise of larger enterprises.

According to research posted on CBSN, 61% of breach victims in 2018 were companies with under 1,000 employees. They estimated that ransomware damage costs will rise to $11.5 billion by the end of 2019 and that a business will be harmed by a ransomware attack every 14 seconds.

In 2017, Wannacry ransomware used a cryptoworm designed to target computer systems using Microsoft Windows operating systems. This ransomware attack was massive, affecting and taking money from organizations globally. Companies that had strong VAs in place were able to detect the vulnerability and apply a patch, a remediation tool, released by Microsoft to prevent disaster.

Regular antivirus systems are not enough when a company has files and information worth millions of dollars. Organizations of any size should invest in a skilled cybersecurity team to provide a professional Vulnerability Assessment annually as their first line of defense.

Here are some of the main benefits for companies to hire professional Cybersecurity Services to provide Vulnerability Assessments: 

 

1. Gather information & discover: Cybersecurity service professionals will go through all of a company’s software and hardware present in the environment. They go through thoroughly to understand the systems, specific to the organization. By network scanning, they discover the hosts most likely to be attacked, and by port scanning, they detect the servers and protocols which may be vulnerable.

2. Provide a clear report: A vulnerability assessment discovers different types of vulnerabilities or threats and can provide an organization with a full report on the security weaknesses specific to their environment. They determine the full extent of what is known as an ‘attack surface’ vulnerable to hackers.

3. Asses the risks:  From the information gathered in the report, the cybersecurity team can provide the company with direction on how to asses the risks associated with identified weaknesses and evolving threats. Guidance is provided to reduce future risks with the aide of remediation tools and ongoing assessments to detect new threats. 

4. Apply remediation tools: After using detection tools or vulnerability repositories such as the National Vulnerability Database (used by the US Government), remediation tools can be applied. These are solutions to patch, configure, or debug assets to reduce or eliminate threats to a system.

5. Provide ongoing analysis: Ongoing analysis is essential, as there are always new and emerging risks and threats in any cyber system. Cybersecurity experts provide clients with the option to receive regular assessments to ensure that their systems and databases are not vulnerable to cyberattacks.

6. Prove to clients they’re protected: Businesses working with an expansive database of customers benefit from regular vulnerability assessments, especially from expert cybersecurity teams. Customers trust their personal information and data in the hands of companies in healthcare, law, financial services, and other industries. By investing in expert assessments, these customers are more likely to continue doing business with a company and recommend their services to others.

At Simple Secure Group, the trusted team of experts provide a detailed report of findings which include: 

  • Key observations
  • Recommendations
  • A risk analysis workbook that assesses overall risk determination based on the likelihood and impact of their clients’ vulnerabilities. 

By working with cybersecurity professionals, you can ensure your recommendations are accurate to maximize the education of future risks to your company’s valuable systems and data.

For a limited time, Simply Secure is offering a Vulnerability Scan for the introductory price of $1,000. To take advantage of this exclusive offer, email: info@simplysecuregroup.com or call +1 561 332-4844.