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.

Zuly Gonzalez Recognized As One of Maryland’s Women in Technology Leaders
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Zuly Gonzalez Women in Tech Leader in MarylandI’m honored to be in such great company. The Maryland Department of Commerce published a list of 18 women that are leading the charge for women in technology in The State. They recognized standout women leading technology companies, conducting critical government work in technology, and breaking new ground in developing new technologies. I’m flattered to have been included in the list, and will continue to lead the way in cybersecurity.

According to the article, CompTIA’s Cyberstates analysis ranks Maryland second in the ratio of female to male workers in IT occupations (24%).

You can see the full list of Maryland’s women in tech leaders here.

Who would you recognize as a female leader in technology?

 

When NSA employees leave to start their own companies
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Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins founders of Light Point Security and former NSA employees
Zuly Gonzalez and Beau Adkins are co-founders of Light Point Security. (Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun)

In October, Ian Duncan, intelligence and military reporter for the Baltimore Sun, interviewed me for a story about former NSA employees that left the Agency to start their own companies. Titled “When NSA employees leave to start their own companies,” the story looks at several Agency entrepreneurs and examines the challenges facing the NSA in retaining the top notch talent they helped to train. It’s an interesting read and I thought it was worth sharing here on the blog. Below is an excerpt from the story.

Adam Fuchs and his small team labored for years inside the National Security Agency on a system that would enable analysts to access vast troves of intelligence data and spot hidden patterns.

“We very much had a startup feel,” Fuchs said. The team worked in an office at Fort Meade with ideas scrawled across whiteboards and old furniture scattered around.

Their work helped analysts identify terrorist groups. But the ordinarily secretive NSA did something else with the technology: Figuring that others could make use of it, too, the agency released it to the world for free.

And that was when those who had built the tool saw an opportunity. Half eventually left the agency to develop it on the outside. Fuchs and others founded a company.

Their departure exemplifies a challenge facing the NSA: The agency spends years training some of the nation’s brightest minds in cutting-edge skills only to watch them take those skills to more lucrative jobs in the private sector.

You can read the full story on the Baltimore Sun’s website here.

Powered By Women: Meet Maryland’s Female Tech Leaders
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Zuly Gonzalez CEO Light Point SecurityI’m honored to have been recognized by The Daily Record as one of Maryland’s top female leaders in the tech industry. The Daily Record’s latest edition of the Path to Excellence magazine featured the top female leaders in tech in the State, including myself. They profiled each one of us, and asked us to share quick tips for the upcoming generation of women leaders in Maryland.

Below is an excerpt from the story, but please head on over to The Daily Record’s website to read the full article.

 

 

Women make up roughly 37.9 percent of Maryland’s technology workforce, according to data from the state’s Department of Commerce. Educators and experts attribute the disparity to as far back as middle school, when many young girls lose interest in science and math. You’ll learn more about the reasons for this drop off on page 14. In this issue of Path to Excellence, you’ll meet several of the women who are leading the state’s tech industry. They are leading some of the state’s most innovative companies as they improve cybersecurity, health care and help to grow the next generation of female leadership in the tech industry.

 

Zuly Gonzalez | Light Point Security
Zuly Gonzalez is the co-founder and CEO of Light Point Security, based in Catonsville.
She co-founded the firm to solve the biggest program in cybersecurity today: web-based malware.
Gonzalez has more than 10 years of experience in the U.S. federal government working to secure national security information systems.

CEO Zuly Gonzalez to Speak at the 2015 Entrepreneur Expo
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TEDCO 2015 Entrepreneur ExpoI am pleased to share that TEDCO has asked me to speak at their annual Entrepreneur Expo on the topic of cybersecurity technology and trends along with CyberPoint CEO Karl Gumtow. TEDCO’s 2015 Entrepreneur Expo will take place Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the BWI Marriott (1743 W Nursery Rd, Linthicum Heights, MD 21090). TEDCO has put together a great program and line up of speakers, and I hope you will join us for what is sure to be an educational and inspirational day of community building.

My Session Information

Track: Tech Trends
Session Title: Seeing All in Cyber-Security
Time: 1:35 – 2:05

Description: The format will be the smaller company “interviewing” the larger company on cybersecurity technology and trends. We’ll be discussing topics like what is the hottest thing in the market, how do large companies see the market, where do they and other large corporations find technologies, what are they looking for, where do they look and more.

Session Timeline:
Introduction of speakers – 1-2 min
Interview – 15 min
Q&A from the audience – 10 min

Have any cybersecurity technology questions or topics you’d like us to discuss? Tweet us at @LightPointSec using the hashtag #E2E15 with your topics.

To register for the 2015 Entrepreneur Expo click here.

The Cybersecurity 500 Recognizes Light Point Security As One of the Top Innovators in the World
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Light Point Security Top 500 Cybersecurity Company In The WorldI am excited to share that Light Point Security has been named one of the top 500 cybersecurity companies in the world. How exciting and cool is that! Cybersecurity Ventures released their Q3 2015 edition of the Cybersecurity 500, which is a global compilation of the world’s hottest and most innovative cybersecurity companies, and we are thrilled to be included among the best of the best.

The Cybersecurity 500 companies were selected based solely on merit – companies could not apply to get on the list, nor could they pay to get on it. The criteria used to select the 500 companies includes:

  • Cybersecurity Sector (market category)
  • Problem(s) Solved
  • Customer Base
  • Feedback from CISOs and Decision Makers
  • Feedback from IT Security Evaluators & Recommenders
  • Company Growth
  • Media Coverage
  • Notable Implementations
  • Founder and Management Pedigree

The full press release can be found here.

Light Point Security Ranked 471 On The Cybersecurity 500

Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’
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Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’Stephen Babcock, the Lead Reporter for Technical.ly Baltimore, recently interviewed me for a feature story on “Why Light Point Security is all about ‘isolation’” where we discussed Light Point Security’s technology, why isolation is better than detection and our latest partnerships. In case any of you missed it, below is an excerpt from the story.

 

 

Light Point Security is looking to pick up some new customers.

The cybersecurity firm, which is based out of bwtech@UMBC, recently inked a pair of new deals that are designed to grow the customer base, said CEO Zuly Gonzalez.

The five-person company makes a product called Light Point Web, which protects users’ computers from malware by providing a separate server for browsing. That separate server ensures that malware never reaches the users’ computer.

Gonzalez said it’s a different approach from other cybersecurity products, which rely on algorithms to detect potential threats.

“There’s so much new bad stuff being created everyday that these algorithms can’t keep up,” Gonzalez said. “We take a different approach. Our security is based on isolation.”

You can read the full story on Technical.ly Baltimore’s website here.

Light Point Security Partnership With Raven Data Technologies Provides MSPs With Additional Hosting Option
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Raven Data Technologies and Light Point Security Partner to deliver hosting for MSPsWe are excited to announce our partnership with Raven Data Technologies, an IT Solutions Company serving the MD, DC, VA, and PA region that specializes in providing security services to Managed Service Providers (MSPs). Raven Data Technologies combines decades of IT experience, risk management, and network security to deliver enterprise level IT solutions to businesses of any size, and we are thrilled that they have chosen to include Light Point Web Enterprise among their best-in-class managed security software offerings.

Light Point Web is a browser plugin that provides malware-free web browsing by transparently launching browsing sessions on a server-based virtual environment, thus preventing any website content (and possible malware) from ever reaching your computer.

Light Point Web offers flexible deployment options for every need: a cloud version for those that don’t want to deal with the hassle of maintaining their own servers, an on-premise version for enterprises that want more control, and now with our Raven Data Technologies partnership, a third-party hosted solution for Managed Service Providers that want to provide their clients with unmatched web security but don’t want to set up and maintain their own Light Point Web servers.

After vetting the Raven Data Technologies team we have selected them as our hosting partner for MSPs for their extensive security expertise and their vast knowledge of MSPs and their needs. Raven Data Technologies will now serve as our hosting partner for MSPs by hosting and maintaining the Light Point Web server infrastructure for them. Raven Data will also provide them with value added services, like technical support and client- and server-side upgrades.

To learn more about Raven Data Technologies and how they can help you secure your business, visit their website or follow them on Twitter.

Baltimore County Awards Light Point Security $105,000 Through Their Boost Fund
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Light Point Security Recipient of Boost Fund ProgramBaltimore County, Maryland announced the winners of their inaugural Boost Fund Program, and we are thrilled to announce that Light Point Security is among them!

The Baltimore County Boost Fund Program provides small, minority-owned, women-owned and/or veteran-owned businesses in Baltimore County with capital to boost their businesses and economic growth in the County.

Light Point Security is happy to have received $105,000 through the Boost program, and we look forward to putting it to good use.

The seven recipients of the Boost Fund were announced by Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and UMBC President Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, III during a press conference at bwtech@UMBC.

We congratulate the other six winners and wish them much success in growing their companies!

Thank you Baltimore County for your continued support of Light Point Security!

Light Point Security Awarded $105,000 From the Boost Fund

 

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