Webinar Rewind | Small businesses ‘more vulnerable’ to cyberattacks – Business Journal Daily

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — IT professionals from IT Management Solutions for Executives Inc. (ECMSI) recently hosted a webinar that explained to viewers how cybersecurity breaches often start with email and what small businesses need to consider.

“You see a lot of big companies getting raped. But I promise you, it’s the small businesses that are actually the most vulnerable,” said ECSMI Chief Information Officer Dave Galioto. “They just don’t make the news.”

Galioto was one of the panelists for the webinar, “Cybersecurity: What You Need to Know to Keep Your Business Secure.” Others include ECMSI owner and CEO Ralph Blanco, Nate Bair, security team leader; Kyle Forward, Network Operations Center Manager; and Shane Nesbitt, Sales Manager. The webinar, hosted by The Business Journal, took place on March 30.

ECMSI has been in business for over 23 years and employs 30 IT support staff. The company provides managed IT services, advanced security, cloud services and VoIP

“Our goal ultimately is to focus on IT and build a strategy for our partners so they can focus solely on growing their business,” Blanco said.

“The dynamics of computing are constantly changing,” he added.

The webinar’s focal points were viruses, malware, ransomware, phishing and social engineering.

Bair said phishing attempts are something they often see at ECMSI.

“We see phishing attempts all the time,” he said. “A Gmail account will disguise itself as the CEO of a company and start sending emails to various employees, asking for certain personal information.”

Bair said phishing could include asking for information such as credentials, being asked to call certain numbers, and asking for credit card information.

Social engineering is another topic that Bair says is becoming increasingly relevant as he referenced the 2020 Twitter hack where more than 130 accounts were compromised. Among those hacked were the accounts of Barrack Obama, Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates.

“It was 17 years in Florida against a multi-billion dollar organization,” Bair said. “No one is above these types of attacks.”

Bair said EDR, or endpoint disaster recovery, is another “big buzzword” in the computer industry.

Monitoring and management are key layers of advanced security. They encourage internet users to be more proactive to avoid downtime and get better protection, the panelists explained.

“It’s tough for companies, even when they’re big enough to have in-house IT staff to handle whatever comes in,” Blanco said. “We are constantly looking for our partners – which is best in class and we are very proactive.”

Watch the video above to learn more about how ECMSI protects its business customers against cyberattacks and what internet users should do at home.

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