Towerwall and MassBay Host Another Successful Information Security Summit

Security Summit PeopleTowerwall teamed up with MassBay Community College on May 29 to present the second annual Information Security Summit at MassBay’s Wellesley Hills campus from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Over 250 individuals attended the Summit where they interacted with industry experts and participated in various security panel discussions.

After a presentation on the “Anatomy of a Malware Attack” by Sophos, and the keynote by Chris Logan of Care New England Health Systems, the Summit offered a number of breakout sessions. The fully attended breakout sessions, centered on user awareness and training/social engineering, cloud and security, APTS (Advance System Threats), secure mobile applications and BYOD, risk management and compliance, and identity management.

“Great networking and sessions were informative. Definitely attend again,” Summit attendee.

All the profit from the Information Security Summit is donated to the MassBay IT Security program scholarship fund. This year Towerwall and MassBay presented the Information Security Summit scholarship to Tatiane Aponte, Juliet Nakamya, Scott Spieglier. All three are persuing a degree in IT Security at MassBay. Towerwall and MassBay also plan on awarding three other students the scholarship for the winter semester.

Towerwall and MassBay would like to thank all the attendees and vendors who participated in the 2014 Information Security Summit. Save the date for next year’s 2015 Security Summit, notices will be going out in January.

 

10 things I know about preventing ID theft

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10. Use cash or gift cards

The threat of identity theft is reduced dramatically if you don’t use your credit card for all your purchases, so consider using cash or even gift cards to pay your way.

9. PCI compliance is important

The payment card industry has a set of security standards for a reason: they work. Make sure your business and the businesses you deal with are compliant.

8. Pay bills online

The theft of paper bills, bank statements or tax returns is a major component of identity theft. You can avoid it by going paperless and dealing with these things online.

7. Have a WISP

If your company collects any kind of personal data, you should have a written information security program — or WISP — that outlines your efforts to keep that data safe.

6. Watch transactions

Sit down on a regular basis to make sure you can identify every transaction in your bank account or business account.

5. Check your credit report

There are a number of agencies that will provide you with a free credit report that you can check to ensure no one is running up debt in your name.

4. Don’t share personal data

There are very sophisticated scams and phishing attempts that trick you into divulging personal data by email, text, letter or phone call. Always verify that the source is bona fide.

3. Use security software

You should have a working firewall and anti-virus and anti-malware software installed on your systems. Make sure you schedule regular scans.

2. Be careful what you throw away

Whether it’s old paperwork or an old hard drive, if there’s a chance it has sensitive information on it or data that a thief could use, make sure you destroy it before you throw it away.

1. Pick strong passwords

Never use names or numbers related to you, such as your Social Security number or your mother’s maiden name as passwords. They should be random.

 

 By Michelle Drolet, founder and CEO, Towerwall
Special to Worcester Business Journal Online

 

This article was recently published in Worcester Business Journal Online.

Towerwall listed among “20 Most Promising Security Consulting Companies”

Also named to CRN’s “Women in the Channel” and “The Power 50”

 

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BOSTON – May 12, 2014 – Towerwall (www.towerwall.com), an IT security services provider for small to mid-size businesses, today announced it was selected for inclusion in a list of the 20 “Most Promising Enterprise Security Consulting Companies.”

The list was compiled by the editors of CIO Review, a magazine published in Fremont, Calif.

“Presently, the time is apt to identify some of the right security players in the market. We believe these companies have achieved significant momentum and will rise above the rest. A distinguished panel comprising CIOs and CEOs of public companies, analysts, and the CIOReview editorial board finalized the 20 Most Promising Enterprise Security Consulting Companies. We congratulate the 20 finalists for achieving this vote of respect and wish them a great future ahead,” says CIO.

Michelle Drolet, founder and CEO of Towerwall, was also named to Computer Reseller News (CRN) “Women of the Channel” and to its list of “The Power 50.”

CRN’s “Women of the Channel” is “a special recognition of those female channel executives, who have made great strides and are leaving their indelible mark on the technology channel,” says CRN.

 

“I’m honored to receive these acknowledgements from CIOReview and CRN Magazine. It has been our motto for many years that there’s more to security than a checklist, our Towerwall team works with our customers develop a comprehensive security plan to help build and integrate security testing, policies, practices and user awareness.  It’s all about customer service and protecting their data”

-Michelle Drolet, Founder and CEO of Towerwall

 

According to CRN, The Power 50: Solution Providers is a new list for 2014, honoring those female executives extending their respective company’s sphere of influence as trusted advisers.

“This year’s submissions included a significant amount of women in Service Provider organizations. Enough to be recognized in their own category,” states CRN.

To view the top 20, please visit:  http:/ /www.cioreview.com/magazine/20-Most-Promising-Enterprise-Security-Companies–GCLV674595908.html

Download and read Towerwall’s press release here.

 

 

 

About Towerwall

Founded in 1993 and based in Framingham, Massachusetts, Towerwall provides organizations such as Biogen Idec, Middlesex Savings Bank, Bahamas Telecom, Brown University and Smith & Wesson, with IT security technology services required for secure business-class networks. Strategic partnerships with Sophos, Varonis, AlienVault, Websense, Qualys, and many other nationally-recognized security vendors allows Towerwall to offer its customers an integrated approach to solving their security needs by coupling best-of-breed technology with top-notch integration services.

For more information please call (774) 204-0700 or email us at info@towerwall.com.

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