Senators Moore, Looney, Duff & Hartely Visit PCNet for Cybersecurity Discussion

Senators Marilyn Moore, Martin M. Looney and Joan Hartley look on as Erik Soto, Chief Operating Officer of PCNet explains how the company tracks their clients’ data in real time.

PRESS RELEASE

 

Cybersecurity
April 22, 2015 – Nearly three months after one of Connecticut’s largest health insurers Anthem announced that the company’s IT systems were hacked in a major data breach, State Senators Marilyn Moore (D-Bridgeport), Martin M. Looney (New Haven), Bob Duff (D-Norwalk) and Joan Hartley (D-Waterbury) visited PCNet a Trumbull-based provider of IT services to discuss the issue of cybersecurity in more detail.

PCNet helps enterprises and mid-sized businesses manage their mission-critical IT systems, while also providing disaster recovery and cybersecurity.

“80 million people had their private information compromised in the Anthem breach placing them at risk of identity theft,” said Sen. Moore. “We know that with the acceleration of advanced technology no one’s personal information is going to be safe all the time. However, if we can get in front of the issue and address these things before they happen, we can protect consumers.”

“Our insurance and financial industry cluster, world-class universities and highly skilled workforce have well positioned Connecticut to emerge as leader in the field of cybersecurity,” said Senate President Martin M. Looney (D-New Haven). “One needs to look no further than the Anthem data breach to see that our personal data is under constant threat of attack,” said Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff (D-Norwalk). “We are working with experts in the industry to craft legislation to protect consumers’ personal data.”

“It was my pleasure to be with Senate Democratic leadership today to learn more about one of our leading IT service and cybersecurity providers in the state,” said Sen. Hartley. “We on the Commerce Committee and in Senate leadership are working on a platform to support and grow our emerging cybersecurity and technology companies and in addition, enhance the skilled workforce necessary to support their growth.”

“We wanted to invite the Senators to our facility to share our ideas regarding the significant threat of cybercrime,” said Thad Eidman, PCNet’s Vice President of Business Development. “Due to the Anthem breach, we wanted to highlight some of the services we offer and answer any questions the Senators may have regarding cybersecurity.”  Cybercrime is a big business. The value of a black market identity-theft kit ranges anywhere from $200-$1000, this includes a person’s social security number and income information. Anthem records hacked into back in February are valued at $1.6-$1.8 billion. This information is often purchased by governments, companies, and large organizations.

“Mobile devices will significantly increase the probability of successful cyber-attacks,” said Sean McCloat, Director of Technical Services at PCNet. “Once you have a person’s identification and credentials, encryption is of no use.”

Today’s hackers define their target, research that target, obtain that target’s credentials and then extract the targets data. To protect their customers data, PCNet uses a method called “sand-boxing”, which consists of:

  • Antispam
  • Web filtering
  • Intrusion Prevention
  • Antivirus Software
  • App Control/Reputation
“To counteract a cybersecurity breach it is important to prevent, detect and mitigate the problem when and if it happens,” said Kit Somal, PCNet’s Chief Technology Officer.  “It is my hope that this discussion will be the catalyst for a more in depth look concerning cybersecurity and protecting the residents of Connecticut,” said Sen. Moore.

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