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

 

Light Point Web Integrates With Metascan Online to Protect Against Malicious Downloads
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OPSWAT LogoWe recently added a new feature to Light Point Web that warrants some extra recognition. We have added a server-side integration with OPSWAT’s Metascan Online service to provide yet another best-in-class layer of security for our users.

Metascan Online is a cloud service that can scan files with over 40 anti-virus engines, and do so in a matter of seconds. The fact that Metascan Online uses so many anti-virus engines is important. Just because one anti-virus engine claims that a file is safe, it doesn’t mean it is. It could be safe… or it could just be that this is a newer virus that has not been identified by that anti-virus vendor yet. It is actually common for new malware to only be identified by a small number of the anti-virus engines. With Metascan Online using so many anti-virus engines, we can get a much greater level of confidence that a safe file is indeed safe.

With our integration with Metascan Online, our users will get an extra level of assurance that every file they download is safe without having to wait around for the results. We offer this service for no extra charge for our cloud users.

How Does It Work?

When a user wants to download a file, Light Point Web will ask for their permission. If they say yes, that file will be downloaded to the Light Point Web server. Light Point Web will then ask Metascan Online to scan that file. If it is safe, the file is streamed to the user’s computer and the user is informed of the scan results.

LPS download no threats detected

If, on the other hand, the file is found to be malicious, the download is blocked and a message informs the user why.

LPS download threat detected

This all happens seamlessly to the user, so no extra work is required by the user to get this additional layer of protection.

Coming soon: If a file is found to be malicious, the dialog will also include a link to the scan results so that you can see further details on the threat detected and which engines detected it.

Enterprise Options

For our enterprise customers, we offer a couple of options: Metascan Online or Metascan on-premises. OPSWAT offers both a cloud version and an on-premise version of Metascan. This gives our enterprise customers the flexibility of choosing the option that works best for them.

If you are interested in learning more about how Light Point Web protects you while browsing the web, contact us, or sign up for a free trial to experience worry free web browsing for yourself.

Light Point Security CEO to Present at Columbia TechBreakfast
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Light Point Security to present at TechBreakfast eventWe’re excited to be presenting at the Columbia TechBreakfast tomorrow morning. TechBreakfast is a national organization with over 4,700 members in just the DC, Maryland, Virginia area, and over 7,000 members nationwide, with events in Silicon Valley, New York City, Austin, Philadelphia, and Boston, among others. TechBreakfast is a monthly demo-style event where entrepreneurs, techies, developers, designers, business people, and interested people see showcases on cool new technology in a demo format and interact with each other. The presenters have 7 minutes to demo and showcase their technology, followed by 3 minutes of Q&A from the audience.

We’re thrilled to have been selected to present at the TechBreakfast event in Columbia, MD tomorrow July 9 from 8:00am to 9:30am at the Loyola Columbia campus (8890 McGaw Rd #130, Columbia, MD). We demoed Light Point Security’s flagship product, Light Point Web, at last year’s Columbia TechBreakfast and had a lot of fun. We’re looking forward to giving the audience an update since last year and demonstrating Light Point Web’s new capabilities.

We hope you’ll join us. You can register to attend the free event here. Won’t be able to make it? Don’t despair. We’ll also be presenting at the Baltimore and Annapolis TechBreakfasts this fall.

Light Point Security Named Finalist for 2014 Maryland Incubator Company of the Year
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Maryland ICOY 2014We are pleased to announce that Light Point Security has been chosen as a finalist for this year’s Maryland Incubator Company of the Year (ICOY) Awards for the Best Cyber Security Company category. The Maryland ICOY awards support current clients and graduates of Maryland incubators by helping increase awareness and visibility for promising young companies.

The finalists were chosen by a team of more than 3 dozen industry experts and investors. The winners will be announced at the ICOY awards ceremony, which will be held at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore on Tuesday, June 10.

We are thrilled that Light Point Security continues to receive industry recognition for the amazing work we are doing to stop web-based threats.

Light Point Security Named Top 3 Cybersecurity Company in the InvestMaryland Challenge
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Light Point Security named top 3 cybersecurity company in the InvestMaryland Challenge We are very excited to announce that Light Point Security has advanced to the final 3 cybersecurity companies in the InvestMaryland Challenge! The InvestMaryland Challenge is a national business competition that will award $100,000 to the winner.

A total of 260 companies applied across four categories: Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Life Sciences and General. The most innovative company from each of the four categories will be selected to win the $100,000 grand prize.

The winner will be announced on May 19 during the InvestMaryland Challenge Awards Ceremony at the National Aquarium in Baltimore. The awards ceremony will feature Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and DBED Secretary Dominick Murray. A reception, remarks from public officials and the presentation of awards will be followed by an opportunity to explore the aquarium.

We hope you will join us at the awards ceremony as we celebrate Light Point Security’s success as one of the nation’s top cybersecurity companies!

As cyber attacks multiply, so do insurance policies that cover damages
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Baltimore Business Journal interviews Zuly GonzalezRyan McDonald, the Digital Producer for the Baltimore Business Journal, recently interviewed me for the publication’s latest cybersecurity story, “As cyber attacks multiply, so do insurance policies that cover damages,” where he discusses the pros and cons of purchasing cybersecurity insurance and how to go about it. I thought it was worth sharing here on our blog in case any of you missed it. Below is an excerpt from the story.

 

In the wake of high-profile security breaches that have affected major companies and universities, a growing number of firms are pushing a relatively new product for businesses: cyber security insurance.

American International Group Inc. is the latest big name to introduce a new offering. AIG this week announced it has started offering cyber security insurance to cover property damage and bodily injury.

“More insurance companies are jumping on that bandwagon and starting to offer cyber insurance,” Zuly Gonzalez, CEO of Baltimore-based cyber firm Light Point Security said.

The question for businesses is whether such policies are worth the money.

While purchasing cyber insurance could help your business alleviate some of the damages associated with a possible security breach, it may not be the right fit for every business owner.

“You have to make a decision on where you fit in terms of your risk profile,” Gonzalez said.

Companies should take the time to research the costs and benefits of cyber insurance, she said

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

Light Point Security Selected As a Finalist in the 2014 InvestMaryland Challenge
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Light Point Security advances in the InvestMaryland ChallengeWe are excited to announce that Light Point Security has advanced to the final 6 companies of the InvestMaryland Challenge in the Cybersecurity category. The InvestMaryland Challenge is a national business competition aiming to help fund promising startups. This year there are 4 categories, and one winner will be chosen from each. Each winner will receive a $100,000 grant.

A total of 260 companies applied this year across four catagories: Information Technology, Cybersecurity, Life Sciences and General. A total of 41 finalists are still in the running for the 4 top prizes.

The next phase of the competition will be a face-to-face pitch to the judges. Each company will give a 15 minute presentation, followed by a 10 minute Q&A session. The final winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in April.

We are honored to have been selected as a finalist in the competition, and there are still a lot of great companies in the running. Please wish us luck!

Say Hello to Our New CEO – Zuly Gonzalez
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Zuly Gonzalez - CEO of Light Point Security
Zuly Gonzalez – CEO

When I first had the idea for what is now Light Point Web years ago, I knew that I needed a partner to help me turn it into a business. Zuly Gonzalez joined me as that partner, and her initial role was as our CFO. After things got rolling with our company, it quickly became obvious that she could do much more than that. So we refocused our roles: I would be the CEO and CTO, and she would be the COO and CFO.

But if you have ever met or talked to Zuly, you will know she never fails to impress. She has been doing a lot of public speaking for our company, she talks to customers, she coordinates sales, pilots, and partnerships, and she keeps us in the news.

In short, she has become the face of the company. Light Point Security is a high tech company on the bleeding edge of the next wave of computer security. As such, my role as CTO leaves me with no time to perform the CEO role. All these things combined left me with a decision to make with an obvious answer.

I have decided to step down as the official CEO of Light Point Security, and name Zuly Gonzalez as the new CEO.

These roles are better suited to each of our skillsets. Zuly has been performing above and beyond as our COO, so if she keeps doing what she has been, she will be a terrific CEO. I can now stay focused on what I do best; making technical innovations and keeping our customers safe online.

Please send your congratulations and wishes of good luck to Zuly on Twitter at @ZulyGonz.

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