Press Release: 10/20/17: Intelisec Launches Data Secure Certification Program

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Peoria Company Launches Data Security Program for Small Business
as Part of National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Data Security Certification Helps Consumers Select Safest Businesses

Peoria, Illinois, October 20, 2017:

Intelisec, ( a Peoria-based data security company has launched its Certified Data Secure program to: 1) assist companies in securing all their customers’ and employees’ data and 2) assist consumers in selecting local companies that are the safest for data security.

“In the current environment of regular data breaches, we wanted to help consumers know which businesses in Central Illinois adequately protected their data. So, we launched the Certified Data Secure Program. If a local business has passed our rigorous data security certification process, then they receive our Certified Data Secure seal. (

“We launched this in October, in conjunction with National Cyber Security Awareness Month, to highlight the need for increased data security awareness for everyone – at work and at home.”

The Scope of the Problem for Small Businesses

  • 60% of all data breaches involve small businesses
  • 55% of small businesses have had a breach
  • Of these, more than 50% have been compromised more than once

Cost of an average attack on small businesses:

  • $8,699 in 2013
  • $20,752 in 2014
  • $36,000 in 2016

33% of small businesses required more than three days to recover from an attack

60% of small businesses fail after a data breach (Source: Ponemon Institute)

Consumers and businesses alike need to know which businesses keep their data safe.

A Firewall is Not Enough

Effective data security requires more than just a firewall and anti-virus software. Perhaps the greatest vulnerability is human error – clicking on a malicious email that can trigger ransomware or data breach. This technique, called “spear phishing,” involves impersonating someone in the company through their email address, and asking an employee to carry out a task, such as updating a file. When the employee clicks on a link, or enters information, ransomware or a data breach can be triggered. Spear phishing was used in recent major data breaches, such as the Target data breach.

Intelisec works with employees of local businesses through a year-long testing program that tests their vulnerability to malicious emails and phone calls. This gives staff members an opportunity to learn from their mistakes, and also includes a comprehensive security training program.

Also, a lack of physical security can contribute to data theft. If sensitive data on paper is unsecured, a break-in can cause a data breach. Intelisec also trains local businesses to recognize and respond to attempted data theft through scenarios such as “walk-ins,” where a data thief may pose as a delivery person, and leave a thumb drive with malicious code on it. An unsuspecting employee may find the drive, and plug it in, opening a backdoor to hackers or a data breach.

Intelisec also partners with other local companies, such as Oberlander Alarms, to assist businesses secure their data through physical security.

“We feel that the Certified Data Secure program can benefit local businesses keep their customers’ and employees’ data safe, while also giving Central Illinois consumers a guide on which businesses are adequately protecting their data.”

Launched in 2004, and actively supported annually in October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM, was created as a collaborative effort between government and industry to ensure that all Americans have the information they need to stay safer, more secure, and protect their personal information online. Since its inception under the leadership of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA), NCSAM has grown exponentially, reaching consumers, industry, government, academia and nonprofit organizations nationwide and encouraging all internet users to be #CyberAware.

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