Technology Partners and Night Lion Security Partner fight Cybercrime

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St Louis IT firms, Technology Partners and Night Lion Security Partner to fight Cybercrime.

An IT solutions and consulting firm Technology Partners, have joined hands with Night lion Security, a St Louis network security firm in the fight against cybercrime, an already porous landscape. Under the new pact, Night Lion will offer consulting services on network security to the Chester-based IT firm. Night Lion will review client’s cybersecurity procedures and develop an appropriate security strategy which will be implement by Technology Partners.

Technology Partners is one of the largest women-owned enterprise in St Luis, recording annual income of $40.7million in the 2013 fiscal year. Night Lion Security is a web, network and IT consulting firm that offers ethical hacking services and Digital forensic investigation services.

The St Louis firm reported a revenue of $250,000 in 2013. The new deal is expected to boost revenues for both firms. Night Lion CEO Vinny Troia has hailed the new partnership, terming it a major boost against cybercrime. In her statement to newsrooms, she expressed her concern over the ever rising and frequent security breaches with no indication of security improvement. To her, the high number of stolen Debit card and credit card is clear indication that both Large and small business are no longer secure. Troia stressed on the need for firms to partner in a bid to secure their systems and boost revenue.

The new profound partnerships is also expected to increase job prospects for cybersecurity experts in St Louis. Technology Partners co-founder and CEO Lisa Nichols said that the demand for cybersecurity experts in St Louis is already on the rise. He anticipates the demand to grow even further especially after federal penalties for security breaches become inevitably steep. Cybercrime is an emerging security threat that many firms are unprepared to handle. According to Lisa Nichols, the management of electronic records is a new concept, firms are yet to familiarize themselves with cybercrime regulations. In addition to the lack of in house expertise to tackle cybercrime, firm also lack effective systems for data protection. With the advent of BYOD (Bring Your Device) in the corporate world, protecting the workplace is proving to be an uphill task. Organizations are unable to keep up with the rising number of devices brought in by employees. Unlike traditional IT departments where users could be controlled, BYOD have brought a total shift in security paradigm, users are now in control. It is proving difficult to control the type of information shared through mobile devices. This leave the organizations vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

A survey conducted by Raytheon Company reveals that 52% of employees and organization are negligent on security practices. Most of them circumvent important security protocols, opting for the comfort and convenience provided by mobile connectivity and jeopardizing data security in the process. The Survey points out the difficult balancing act between employee’s convenience in one hand and the Security need of the organization on the hand. According to a senior strategy director a Raytheon company, the dominance of mobile devices at the workplace calls for adoption of an appropriate strategy with data security technologies that ensures sensitive information is protected.

According to the Raytheon survey, emails are the highest risks areas for cyber-attack and security breaches leading the pack at 93% .Next is in line is updating of contacts list (90%), followed closely by calendars (88%) and lastly text messaging at 85%. These platforms involve exchange of sensitive information and could easily fall prey to cyber attackers.

More worrisome is the unpreparedness of firms to tackles the new security threats presented by the BOYD platform. The survey reveals that many organizations lack the budgetary capacity to fight cybercrime. Only 36% of respondents were ready to handle the rising challenge, while many employees said their firm were not doing enough. Surprisingly, 30% of the respondents said their firms don’t have any mobile strategies to counter cybercrime.

Raytheon Sankar, a senior director at Raytheon Company calls for an urgent need for firms to develop a BOYD strategy that preserves the users experience while at the same time observes important security protocols at the workplace. According to him, both organizations and employees must come up with data policies that ensures sensitive information is not shared on public networks. Employees must also determine what is to be shared and what cannot be shared at all. Mr. Sankar also urges organizations to focus more on securing the data rather than the devices because “At the end of the day, it is the data that matters”.

Sankar advocates for a Virtual Mobile Infrastructure (VMI) as a viable solution to cybercrime. This involves securing and enterprise App on a cloud server or a data center then re-displaying it on a smartphone or tablet. However, only 23% of respondents are optimistic about this virtualized solution while a whopping 57% think the virtualized solution is less effective in protecting sensitive and confidential data on mobile devices.