Investing in cybersecurity isn’t something a small or medium-sized business does when they can afford it. It’s an essential step the moment you’ve got devices connected to the internet. Security risks start from day one and only increase as you build your business, accumulate more sensitive information and grow your online customer base.
Even worse, small to midsize businesses can be more prone to cyber attacks because they typically have limited resources and partially staffed IT departments that can’t provide 24/7 vigilance.
An active approach to cybersecurity strengthens your business’s reputation, customer service satisfaction and privacy.
Today, we are synthesizing all the fantastic advice offered by our cybersecurity subject matter experts in Zeifmans’ most recent virtual live event, Cybersecurity – Where to Start. Zeifmans’ Partner Ahmad Aslam hosted the first part of our Entrepreneurship In Focus | A Digital Transition Series on cybersecurity together with special guests Steve Rainville, CEO of CYDEF, a cybersecurity protection firm, and Michael Noory, Senior Cyber Threat Hunter. Here, the experts at CYDEF help break down what’s at stake and recommend some preliminary actions you can take to address common security threats.
Steve Rainville, CEO, CYDEF
Steve has over 20 years of experience in information technology, 15 of which are specifically in IT security services. Steve brings extensive expertise in cybersecurity services, including Security Operations Centre (SOC) planning and optimization, SIEM solution deployments and security analytics for Canadian and global enterprises. Over the years, he has guided and led multiple client projects with the objective of building their SOC, identifying gaps and creating security roadmaps to improve their compliance with corporate and legal requirements.
Michael Noory, Senior Threat Hunter, CYDEF
Michael was a psychosocial oncology research writer prior to pursuing a career in cyber. He started his IT career in medical technology, upholding servers containing medical information for the US military’s National Teleradiology Program. He joined CYDEF two years ago, quickly earning a spot as a Senior Threat Hunter and trainer. He intercepts ransomware, espionage, insider threats, and more. He recently spent a month in the Philippines to kick off the training program for one of CYDEF’s largest partners and continues to train and support them virtually. He also simulates cyber-attacks on energy sectors across the globe for authorized training exercises to prepare engineers for attacks on their critical infrastructure.
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