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CMMC compliance means DoD business

December 2, 2020Cory Harris, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—The Department of Defense (DoD) has begun rolling out its Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) program designed for companies that want to do business with the federal government. In its efforts to establish cybersecurity as a foundation for future acquisitions, DoD has introduced the program with the goal of enhancing protection of controlled unclassified information (CUI) within the supply chain. As a result, potential DoD contractors will no longer be able...

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Butchko and ESI Convergent combine forces

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Butchko and ESI Convergent combine forces

December 2, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—Butchko Inc. and ESI Convergent LLC,  top consultant firms founded and led by Benjamin Butchko and Pierre Bourgeix, respectively, have combined forces to bring their converged physical-cybersecurity solutions together to solve today’s complex challenges facing the industry. Butchko and Bourgeix told Security Systems News that Butchko•ESI is dedicated to a converged physical-cyber approach that delivers sustainable business value and resilience. “We drive...

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Technology and Trafficking: The tick-tocking time bomb

September 15, 2020Elisa Mula and Min Kyriannis

Human trafficking is a topic that needs to be addressed, especially by having conversations about it with loved ones. Unfortunately, many keep quiet or do not realize how close these criminals are to people — they can be your neighbors, friends or even people you work with. The recent arrest of Ghislaine Maxwell shows just how easily it is for predators to manipulate and prey upon people. Min Kyriannis, cybersecurity expert: Years ago, children were often taught never to talk to strangers;...

Cybersecurity, Min Kyriannis, Stop Child Trafficking Now


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Network-centric U.S. military systems and the rise of CMMC

August 28, 2020Antoinette King

The digital revolution has enhanced military capabilities in so many positive ways. In the U.S., this is referred to as a Revolution in Military Affairs (RMA) (Stiennon, 2015). Reconnaissance through unmanned aerial and marine vessels; the use of GPS to refine target coordinates; and digital communications are just some examples of systems that have been enhanced to provide the military with enhanced capabilities resulting in a reduction of casualties and improved efficiency. However, with this...

AI, artificial intelligence, Cybersecurity, encryption, Internet of things, IoT, NIST


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Specifically Speaking with Min Kyriannis

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Specifically Speaking with Min Kyriannis

June 3, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

NEW YORK—Security Systems News caught up with cybersecurity expert Min Kyriannis to talk about her more than 20 years experience, creating a cybersecurity program for building operational systems and the blending of cyber-physical security. What kinds of systems do you design/specify and what services does the company provide? Jaros, Baum & Bolles is an MEP engineering firm that has been around for over a century. It has numerous core services, one of which is low-voltage. When I was...

Baum & Bolles (JB&B), cyberssecurity, Jaros, Min Kyriannis, Specifically Speaking


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Cybercriminals target remote workers during pandemic

April 1, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, the current cybercrime landscape is focused on businesses of all sizes as more and more employees are working from home per government protocols to contain, control and remedy the virus. Cybercriminals are actively phishing, and vishing and smishing, too, and the hyper risk presented right now to small businesses — such as some security manufacturers, integrators and consultants — as they are the entities that cannot afford to purchase...

COVID-19, Cyber Risk, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Scott Watnik, small businesses


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Defendify raises $2M in seed money

January 29, 2020Paul Ragusa, Editor

PORTLAND, Maine—Defendify, an all-in-one SaaS cybersecurity platform developer, announced it closed on $2 million in seed funding, bringing the total raised in the last 18 months to $3.6 million. In that time, Defendify has added thousands of users, doubled its employee count and moved into a larger office space to accommodate the growth.“We are at about 23 employees now and we hiring a bunch more, so we expect to be at close to 40 by year's end,” Defendify Co-Founder Rob Simopoulos...

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Putting the SHIELD Act and CCPA into perspective

January 29, 2020Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—On Jan. 1, two new statutes — the Stop Hacks and Improve Electronic Data Security Act (the SHIELD Act), a consumer privacy statute, and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), a cyber-breach notification statute — went into effect, changing the way some security professionals do business.“While the CCPA is regarded as the most comprehensive consumer privacy statute passed in the nation to date, the SHIELD Act is generally regarded as the nation's strictest...

California Consumer Privacy Act, CCPA, Cybersecurity, Data privacy, privacy, Scott Talbott, Scott Watnik, SHIELD Act


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How companies can fight against cyber threats

December 16, 2019Ginger Hill, Managing Editor

YARMOUTH, Maine—As 2019 closes, 2020 is full of new possibilities and opportunities. While it's a time for growth, change and newness, cyber criminals are lurking in the background ready to strike. The threats that these criminals have planned for the new year have already been months in the making and are far from cookie cutter. Therefore, companies must be alert and ready.“Defending a company against them [cyber threats and crimes] requires a broad approach,” Christian Nascimento,...

Christian Nascimento, Comcast, cyber security, Cybersecurity, HID Global, Min Kyriannis, phishing, Security Industry Association, SIA, SIA Cybersecurity Advisory Board


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100 Women in 100 Days Cybersecurity Career Accelerator announces next class

November 21, 2019SSN Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The free cybersecurity training and accreditation program, 100 Women in 100 Days (100w100d), founded and managed by Sacramento-based cyber risk consulting firm, Inteligenca, will help another 100 students reboot their careers at Japan's Saya University.“The opportunity with Saya shows that people around the world recognize the need to get more women into the cybersecurity field,” Inteligenca CEO Carmen Marsh said in the announcement. “We are witnessing a...

100 women in 100 days, cyber security, Cybercrime, Cybersecurity, Inteligenca, NIST


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