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JUL 2017

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SEC u RIT y S y STEMS NEWS july 2017 Commer C ial & systems integrators 15 Connect with us: PROFESSIONAL SERIES UPRIGHT PTZ DS-2DY9188-A Look Above the Horizon Clear color images day and night In collaboration with L.A. Contemporary Dance Company (LACDC) Launch Security focuses on cyber By Paul Ragusa PORTLAND, Maine—Security Systems News' "20 under 40" win- ner from the integrator class of 2015, Rob Simopoulos, along with compa- ny partner Andrew Rinaldi, formed Launch Security here recently with the idea of helping organizations improve their overall cybersecurity posture. Simopoulos, who prior to start- i n g L a u n c h Security was president o f A d v a n c e Technology, told Security Systems News that the focus for the new company is to provide a cybersecurity program tailored to small businesses, which are becoming a bigger target these days. He pointed out that over the past five years there has been a steady increase in attacks target- ing businesses with less than 250 employees, going from 18 percent attacked in 2011 to 43 percent by 2016. Moreover, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, as many as 60 percent of small busi- nesses go out of business within 6 months of being breached. "We want to prevent this from happening to the many small to mid-sized businesses here in Maine and in the New England area that may be vulnerable," Simopoulos told SSN. "On the cybersecurity side, as I started speaking with small and mid- sized businesses, I realized that they had virtually nothing in place, and were in need of a lot of guidance and education. So we said we can really help some of these organizations by training their people, by help- ing them with the right technology selection and by creating a better overall cybersecurity posture, which is why we founded the company." He said the company is focusing on the New England region, with Maine as the core focus initially. "Right now we are working closely with some organizations in Maine, taking them through this copilot program that we have cre- ated that takes them through assess- ment and testing to education and training to technology deployment and then monitoring," Simopoulos explained. "This is a continuous program, because we know that the threats are going to change, and people are going to deploy new technologies on their networks that need to be assessed and tested for vulnerabilities." In his meetings with companies, Simopoulos said that he has heard many stories of cyber attacks and breaches, including sophisticated email phishing scams directed at someone who is head of finance for a company that look like they are coming directly from the president or CEO, for example. "When you open these emails, they look real, like it is coming from the company president," he said. Following the recent ransomware attack last month that hit Microsoft computers that failed to update a security patch, Simopoulos is seeing a lot of companies dealing with these types of attacks. One of the key ways to protect valuable systems and data, he said, is by simply having a proper backup procedure in place. "Get your sys- tems backed up," he noted. "And have an incident response system in place, so you can take the proper steps to remediate and get your systems back to normal." Employee training is also a key part of cybersecurity, he added. The overriding directive for Launch Security is "keep it simple," he said. "We don't want to be having high-level technical conversation with our customers because we are speaking many times with the presi- dent of the organization who under- stands some of the risks, but isn't necessarily technically inclined," he said. "In the end, you can't be 100 percent protected, but you can do things to mitigate the risk, includ- ing making massive improvements to make sure that your posture is a heck of a lot better with the hopes that you are protected from specific attacks and that the attackers will go in a different direction." SSN Rob Simopoulos

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