Press Release

ControlScan Champions Activities Supporting National Cyber Security Awareness Month 2015

Atlanta-based managed security service provider showcases its commitment to cyber security and online safety  

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ATLANTA, Oct. 1, 2015 - ControlScan, the managed security service provider (MSSP) IT leaders and their organizations rely upon for unified security and compliance, is joining individuals and organizations around the world to champion National Cyber Security Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2015, a growing global effort among colleges and universities, businesses, government agencies, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to promote online safety awareness.

Celebrated each October, National Cyber Security Awareness Month is coordinated and led by the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) and the Department of Homeland Security. NCSAM has grown exponentially since its inception in 2004, reaching consumers, small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), corporations, educational institutions and young people across the nation and internationally.

“People are oftentimes the weakest link when it comes to personal and organizational security vulnerabilities,” said Joan Herbig, CEO, ControlScan. “National Cyber Security Awareness Month represents an important effort to raise awareness within the business environment as well as among the general population. ControlScan is pleased to take an active part in this initiative.”

During the month of October, ControlScan will sponsor and participate in a variety of activities to support NCSAM:

  • Phishing Awareness Webinar: On Tuesday, October 20 at Noon EST, ControlScan CISO Kevin Patel will present a “lunch and learn” session to ControlScan staff on ways to spot and combat phishing attacks. This live session will be simulcast as a free-to-the-public online webinar.
  • Weekly Twitter Chat: A cyber security expert from ControlScan will “guest tweet” under the @ControlScan Twitter handle each Thursday in October at 3 p.m. EST. Find the chat using hash tag #ChatSTC.
  • Dedicated Blog Posts: Each week, ControlScan thought leaders will post about cyber security awareness topics on the two company blogs, www.smbsecurityguide.org and www.pcicomplianceguide.org.
  • Daily Security Awareness Tips: ControlScan will also offer daily security awareness tips via its LinkedIn and Twitter social channels.

"The Champion Program is a vital part of making National Cyber Security Awareness Month a success each year,” said Michael Kaiser, executive director of the National Cyber Security Alliance. “We are thankful to our 2015 Champion organizations for their support and commitment to our shared responsibility of promoting cyber security and online safety awareness."

For more information about National Cyber Security Awareness Month, the NCSAM Champions program, and how to participate in NCSAM activities, visit www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam. You can also follow and use the hash tag #cyberaware on Twitter throughout the month.

More information about ControlScan and its unified security and compliance solutions can be found by visiting www.controlscan.com or calling 800-825-3301.

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About ControlScan

ControlScan is the Managed Security Service Provider with a difference: We take a proactive approach to protecting businesses from cyber threats while helping ensure their compliance with security and privacy standards like PCI DSS and HIPAA/HITECH. Our unified security and compliance services deliver confidence to millions of businesses as well as the IT professionals who serve them. Merchant service providers and web hosting companies also partner with us to reduce cybercrime-related business risk. Based in Atlanta, ControlScan is venture backed and supported by a worldwide base of customers, partners and strategic alliances. For more information, please visit ControlScan.com or call 800-825-3301.

About National Cyber Security Awareness Month

Now in its 12th year, NCSAM is designed to engage and educate public and private sector partners through events and initiatives with the goal of raising awareness about cyber security in order to increase the resiliency of the nation in the event of a cyber incident. Since President Obama’s proclamation establishing NCSAM in 2004, NCSAM has been formally recognized by Congress, federal, state and local governments and leaders from industry and academia. This united effort is necessary to maintain a cyberspace that is safer, more resilient and remains a source of tremendous opportunity and growth for years to come. For more information, visit http://www.staysafeonline.org/ncsam or www.dhs.gov/national-cyber-security-awareness-month.