Webinar: How to Prevent WannaCry and Other Web Threats
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Light Point Web prevents WannaCry and other ransomwareIn a matter of days, the WannaCry ransomware outbreak infected more than 230,000 computers in 150 countries. It impacted healthcare organizations, universities, government agencies, and many others, including FedEx. If you are concerned about the WannaCry ransomware and other similar attacks, join us for this informative webinar.

Light Point Security is hosting a joint webinar with partner, ELEVI Associates, today May 18 at 1pm EST. This educational webinar will explain the causes of ransomware and the devastating effects it can have on an organization. Learn about remote browser isolation technology and how it protects organizations from ransomware and other web-based threats.

Join us by signing up for the webinar here.

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Light Point Security CEO Invited to Speak at the Pentagon
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Zuly Gonzalez Speaks at the PentagonWe were privileged to have the Pentagon invite Light Point Security CEO, Zuly Gonzalez, as a keynote speaker for its JSP Cybersecurity Forum.

The Joint Service Provider (JSP) provides the full range of information technology equipment, services, solutions, and customer support to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, and WHS to meet mission and business requirements.

Zuly presented at the Pentagon yesterday on the topic of cybersecurity innovations and how remote browser isolation is changing the game for the better and giving organizations the power to completely eliminate their web-based malware problems once and for all.

We were honored to have been invited to speak at such a prestigious event.

You may view the full press release here.

Light Point Security Founders Featured in the Baltimore Sun
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Zuly Gonzalez CEO of Light Point Security and former NSA cybersecurity expert
Zuly Gonzalez, CEO of Light Point Security, is pictured in her office space. (Algerina Perna / Baltimore Sun)

Light Point Security founders, Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins, were featured in The Baltimore Sun this week! The story “Maryland’s federal workforce offers state a source of cyber entrepreneurs” highlights a few Maryland-based cybersecurity companies, their founders and how they got started. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins worked in the digital trenches at the National Security Agency for more than a decade.

Gonzalez designed computer protection systems and Adkins figured out how to penetrate such barriers. Their light bulb moment came when they decided to apply their expertise to the commercial sector and founded their company, Light Point Security.

“We kind of melded both his offensive mindset of hacking and attacking and my mindset of defending. He knew how easy it was to hack and get into networks,” Gonzalez said. “So we basically thought about what would it take to really stop Beau from getting into a computer.”

Numerous businesses in Maryland’s growing cybersecurity industry were founded by former government workers or government contractors, and count such workers among their current and prospective employees.

The full article by Baltimore Sun reporter Sarah Gantz can be viewed on The Baltimore Sun website here.

Webinar: Full Browser Isolation with Threat-Free Downloads via Content Disarm and Reconstruction
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OPSWAT LogoAs our customers know, we are constantly increasing the value of Light Point Web by adding new features and functionality. In a joint effort with our partner OPSWAT, Light Point Web, which provides unmatched protection from web, document and email based malware, will enhance its current document-based malware protection capabilities by integrating OPSWAT’s Content Disarm and Reconstruction (CDR) technology into its platform.

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The new CDR (file sanitization) technology strips exploitable content from files for a complete threat-free browsing experience. By integrating OPSWAT’s CDR engines into Light Point Web all downloaded files will be thoroughly scanned and/or sanitized before the user’s local machine receives them. The integration will not impact the end users’ productivity, since all sanitized files will be reconstructed with all their functionality and usability intact. This joint solution provides users 100% malware prevention from malicious websites through Light Point Security’s Full Isolation technology and comprehensive malware protection from malicious file downloads through OPSWAT’s file sanitization and multi-scanning engines.

We are very excited about this new feature and will be hosting a joint webinar with OPSWAT to showcase the technology and discuss how this joint solution provides organizations complete end-to-end protection from malware without compromising user experience. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday April 11, 2017 from 1:00 – 1:30pm EDT. We encourage all to attend, and you can sign up for the webinar here.

Visit the press release page for a full description of the joint integration.

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Light Point Security Grows Revenue by Over 450% in 2016
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As another year closes, and a new one begins, I wanted to share with you Light Point Security’s amazing success over the last year. 2016 was an exceptional year for us, and I am incredibly proud of our team and everything they have accomplished.

Over the last year we grew our revenue by over 450%, expanded our presence in our key industry verticals, and achieved other key milestones. The full press release with our 2016 highlights can be found here.

Thank you all for your continued support as we continue to share our unique and innovative technology. We will bring safe web browsing to the world.

Ransomware’s Devastating Effects on the Healthcare Industry [Infographic]
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healthcare ransomware effects infographicRansomware has taken its toll on the healthcare industry. With new attacks seemingly every week, are you prepared to fight back, and protect your organization and your patient’s protected health information (PHI)?

As we mentioned previously in Why Ransomware Gangs Love the Healthcare Industry, ransomware is projected to grow 670%, and the healthcare industry has the highest cost per record stolen of any industry at $363 per stolen record. And with your patient’s lives in your hands, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

This infographic highlights the devastating effects ransomware and security breaches have had on the healthcare industry. (Click on the image for a full-sized version.) Are you protected?

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Not into sharing infographics? Tweet these statistics instead:

  • The cost of cyberattacks to U.S. health systems over 5 years is $305 billion. [tweet this]
  • Cyber criminals to collect $1 billion in ransomware payments in 2016. [tweet this]
  • The cost per stolen healthcare record is $363. [tweet this]
  • Healthcare is 4 times more likely to be impacted by advanced malware than the avg industry. [tweet this]
  • Healthcare is 4.5 times more likely to be impacted by ransomware than the avg industry. [tweet this]
  • There are 340% more security incidents and attacks in healthcare than the average industry. [tweet this]
  • Ransomware attacks are projected to grow 670%! [tweet this]
  • Healthcare records are 10 times more valuable than credit card details on the black market. [tweet this]

Looking for more? Check out this article for more interesting statistics and information on ransomware in the healthcare industry.

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Will You Be the Next Health System Held for Ransom?
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This is going to be a great panel! I’ll be moderating a panel for the 2016 CyberMaryland Conference on the topic of preventing ransomware in healthcare. We have a dynamic and engaging group of panelists comprised of CISOs and CIOs with decades of experience in the healthcare industry. They’ll be sharing stories and best practices to help you protect your organization from ransomware and other cyber threats. Come ready to learn!

The 2016 CyberMaryland Conference will be held Oct 20-21, 2016 in Baltimore, MD. Our panel is scheduled for Friday Oct 21, 2016 1:45pm – 2:45pm. I hope you’ll join us as this promises to be an engaging panel.

If you haven’t registered for the conference yet, use our discount code TCMdGuest for a 25% discount.

If you have any topics or questions you’d like our panel to discuss, send them our way. You can email your questions or topic suggestions to info@lightpointsecurity.com, or tweet us at @LightPointSec and use the hashtag #CyberMD2016.

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Will You Be the Next Health System Held for Ransom?

All healthcare organizations should have anti-virus and firewalls in place – but that’s just not enough in today’s ever evolving world. As attackers grow more and more sophisticated, and ransomware becomes the new normal, healthcare organizations are struggling to keep up.

Hear from an expert panel of healthcare CIOs and CISOs on best practices for keeping ePHI out of the wrong hands, as well as innovative technologies that can be used to avoid becoming the next ransomware victim. Together they have decades of experience managing and securing healthcare networks, and will share practical ways you can secure yours.

Moderator
Zuly Gonzalez, Co-founder and CEO, Light Point Security

Panelists
Chad Wilson, Director of Information Security, Children’s National Medical Center
James Parren Courtney, SSSE Certified Chief Information Security Officer, University of Maryland Medical System
Darren Lacey, Chief Information Security Officer, Johns Hopkins University
Chris Panagiotopoulos, Chief Technology Officer, LifeBridge Health

Healthcare Ransomware Prevention CyberMaryland 2016 Panel

 

Join Light Point Security at WOW Women of the World Baltimore
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Zuly Gonzalez, Light Point Security CEO, participates in WOW Women of the WorldWOW (Women of the World) is a global movement of festivals that celebrates women as a force for positive change. It offers a powerful forum for discussion and action on issues important to women. WOW was launched in 2011 in London, and since then WOW festivals have engaged and inspired over one million women across five continents and cities.

The WOW Baltimore Partnership is bringing Women of the World to Baltimore, and I’m proud to be part of this great event. I’ll be participating on a very fun and engaging panel with other women entrepreneurs to share our experiences starting and running a business. We’ll be sharing our stories, giving advice to other women entrepreneurs, and more importantly inspiring other women to “just do it!”

WOW Baltimore will be held on October 7-8, 2016 on the campus of Notre Dame of Maryland University. I hope you’ll join us for this 2 day inspirational event! To register, click here.

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Risky Business: Women Entrepreneurs
Friday, October 7
11:00 am – 12:00 pm
LeClerc Auditorium

Starting a business can be scary. No one wants to fail. We will hear how these women business owners took a leap and found their true direction — on their own terms.

Moderator
Deborah Tillett – President and Executive Director, Emerging Technology Centers

Panelists
Zuly Gonzalez – CEO and Co-Founder, Light Point Security
Rosalind Holsey – Owner and Lead Designer, Studio 7 The Salon LLC
Michele Tsucalas – Owner and Founder, Michele’s Granola
Donna Stevenson – President and CEO, Early Morning Software, Inc.

Insider vs. Outsider: What’s the Greater Security Risk?
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Beau Adkins - CEO of Light Point SecurityThe Digital Guardian asked 47 security experts to discuss what they think is a bigger threat to an organization, an insider or an outsider. Light Point Security’s CTO, Beau Adkins, was invited to participate on the panel of security experts to discuss what he has seen over the course of his career. Here’s what he had to say:

“In my experience, the biggest threat to a company’s data is posed by…”

Insiders. However, they are most often not deliberately a threat. Outsiders are the ones who have bad intentions, but they don’t have access. Network restrictions are usually strong enough to keep them out. So instead they focus their efforts on tricking unsuspecting insiders into opening the doors for them. And once inside, they are indistinguishable from the insiders.

Employee web browsing is one of the most used pathways to accomplish this. Outsiders set up a website capable of exploiting any computer that browses to it, then they send emails to the insiders that entice them to click a link to that site. Most employees will not take the bait, but it just takes one person to give in to curiosity and click the link.

Malicious outsiders are very good at this. They can craft emails that look like they are from someone within the company and reference projects or people that the recipient knows. It can be very difficult to tell these emails are not legitimate. With a little perseverance, it’s just a matter of time before someone clicks.

Because of this, efforts to protect the company from malicious outsiders can only go so far. Companies today must prioritize protecting against threats from their own insiders. One employee clicking the wrong link doesn’t have to put the whole company at risk.

Check out what the other experts had to say by reading the full article on Digital Guardian.

Why Ransomware Gangs Love the Healthcare Industry
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Ransomware Costs Healthcare MillionsRansomware. It’s the latest buzzword, and everyone is talking about it, especially in healthcare.

Ransomware has become increasingly prevalent over the last year because it’s been so successful for the bad guys. According to the FBI, cyber criminals are on pace to collect $1 billion from ransomware payments in 2016. And data breach response insurance provider, Beazley, projects ransomware attacks will grow 670% from 2014 to 2016. That’s insane!

The statistics for the healthcare industry are even grimmer. Healthcare is the most breached industry. It sees 340% more security incidents and attacks than the average industry, and is more than 200% more likely to encounter data theft. Healthcare is 4 times more likely to be impacted by advanced malware than any other industry, and is 4.5 times more likely to be impacted by ransomware. And healthcare is 74% more likely to be impacted by phishing attacks than any other sector.

The Impact of Ransomware on Healthcare

A successful breach on a healthcare organization can mean:

  1. the loss of money,
  2. the loss of brand reputation,
  3. the loss of Protected Health Information (PHI), and sadly
  4. the potential loss of life.

According to the Ponemon Institute’s 2015 Cost of Data Breach Study, the healthcare industry has the highest cost per record stolen of any industry at $363 per stolen record.

Unique to the healthcare industry, the impact of malware isn’t just a matter of losing money. As dramatic as it may sound, people’s lives are at stake. What happens if a hospital’s systems are down because of malware or a ransomware attack, and they can’t provide emergency services to a patient? Could that patient lose their life? Or could the delay in service cause additional health complications for that patient?

As an example, when MedStar was recently locked out of their systems as a result of a ransomware attack, they were unable to provide radiation treatment to cancer patients for several days. This is serious!

What Makes Healthcare a Prime Target

There are 3 main reasons why the healthcare sector is targeted so much by cyber criminals.

  1. Healthcare records contain the most valuable information. The data healthcare organizations store on patients includes personal identities and medical histories, which makes it a very complete data set. This is a goldmine for identity thieves. This is why healthcare records are about 10 times more valuable than credit card details on the black market.
  2. Healthcare data doesn’t change. Unlike other types of data cyber criminals steal, patient data stored by healthcare organizations can’t be easily changed. If your credit card company gets breached, you can easily change your username and password, and get a new credit card number. No big deal. But if your hospital gets breached, you can’t just go get a new social security number. Compromised health information can haunt you for a lifetime.
  3. Healthcare organizations don’t prioritize security. Because the healthcare sector in general hasn’t kept up-to-date with modern security practices like other industries have, attacks on them are more likely to be successful. If you compare healthcare to the financial industry, for example, the financial industry has devoted so many resources to protecting their data that attackers would rather focus on softer targets, like healthcare.

Luckily, Light Point Security’s isolated web browser can protect healthcare organizations from ransomware and other web-based malware. Our Full Isolation technology is the strongest in the industry, and offers the best user experience. Contact us today to learn how we can keep your data safe.

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