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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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, (https://www.intelisec.com) 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.

Gary Chatham, President and Founder of Intelisec says, “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. (https://intelisec.com/certified-data-secure-intelisec/)

“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,” Chatham stated.

Launched in 2004, and actively supported annually in October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM, https://staysafeonline.org/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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October 24, 2016 – The Chatham Group and Sora Technologies Present: The Cyber Battlefield

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The Chatham Group and Sora Technologies of Peoria will present: “Cyber Security: The Cyber Battlefield – How to Protect Your Business and Your Employees<” at the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce Board Room at 12 noon.

Come take a journey through cyberspace to learn more about the criminals, their crimes, culture and how to best protect yourself. Learn how to mitigate your risk so you don’t become the next victim.

Register here.

October 17, 2016 The Chatham Group Presents Member Seminar for Peoria Chamber of Commerce

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On October 17, 2016, the Chatham Group and Brookshire Consulting will present a member seminar for the Peoria Area Chamber of Commerce: “Steps You Can Take Now to Protect your Business from Identity Theft, Fraud, and Website Hacking.”  Our co-presenter will be Angel Chatterton, of Brookshire Consulting, who will discuss: “Spot the Red Flags: How to Protect Your Business From Internal Theft and Fraud.”

Register here.

October 15, 2016 – Gary Chatham Interviewed on Healthy Cells Radio Show

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Gary Chatham was interviewed for the “Healthy You” radio show, presented by Healthy Cells magazine on WPEO radio in Peoria, and aired on October 15, 2016.   He discussed how individuals and families can stay safe online, how to prevent identity theft, and the Chatham Group’s Home Internet Protection Service.  He also discussed our identit theft insurance, which is the best in the industry.  Contact us to learn how to protect your family.

June 9, 2016 – The Chatham Group Presents Lunch and Learn for Peoria Heights Chamber

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The Chatham Group presented a Lunch and Learn for the Peoria Heights Chamber of Commerce on website security and preventing data theft and identity theft in the workplace.

With 1 in 3 Americans now being victims of identity theft, and 7 in 10 cases of identity theft occurring in the workplace, small and medium-sized businesses must protect their customers’ and employees information.

Website hacking and malware is one of the major ways that identity thieves steal information, making this a priority for small businesses, as well.