6 Tips to Secure your End Users and Endpoints

 End Users and Endpoints
Employees clicking on the wrong email still accounts for many of the enterprise breaches today, and it is rapidly getting worse. The FBI, secret service and the anti-virus vendors are all warning us that the success of cyber criminals and the payoffs by companies continue to rise. These criminals can now subscribe to Ransomware-as-a-Service accounts to plant new strains on nasty Ransomware and hold companies hostage. By gaining access to a company and remaining quiet, they are leveraging these Ransomware-as-a-Service platforms to insert Ransomware and get payoffs from their hostages. Estimates by officials predict that every end user will get bombarded by 20x the phishing attacks over last year. Preparation is key!

6 Tips to Secure your End Users and Endpoints

      1. Companies have to acquire a good email security solution. You must consider an email security gateway to identify potential viruses before an email is delivered to a mailbox. Examples are IRONSCALES, Proofpoint, and others – most have a good email security gateway solutions.


      1. Companies must implement good patching hygiene. Seems like every few weeks a new emergency zero-day patch has to be implemented due to an issue with an endpoint OS that creates an opening for cyber criminals. Hospitals, government agencies, schools and financial institutions are high on the list of targets. Are your endpoints patched frequently and consistently, and how do you handle emergency patches? Champion offers Managed Patch Services to help alleviate the headaches of patching. We also offer Microsoft SCCM/Intune or BigFix solutions if you need enterprise patching solutions for workstations, laptops, iOS, tablets, smart phones as well as Windows, Linus, AIX servers.


      1. Companies must implement EPP/Endpoint Protection (Includes next-generation anti-virus and EDR/Endpoint Detection and Response solutions). The old signature-based solutions DO NOT WORK against cyber criminals today! They need a cloud-based solution that utilizes predictive and AI technology. The administrative overhead to managed possible incidents continue to be more time consumptive, so not many companies can afford dedicated teams to manage their EPP solutions. Blackberry Cylance, CrowdStrike, TrendMicro, etc. all have managed service offerings and deploy their latest versions as a SaaS (cloud) offering. Champion offers special promotions to help move away from the signature-based tool onto a next next-gen solution to protect your end-users.


      1. Multi-factor authentication is now a mandate with almost all auditors. It’s sad to comprehend, but a new trend is paying an employee to sell their User ID/password credentials to get a cyber criminal inside and access to enterprise applications and data. However, it really doesn’t matter how the cyber criminal gets the user credentials. A 2-factor or multi-factor process provides an obstacle that is effective. If you have remote employees or customer facing websites/applications, then this solution is necessary. Champion has helped many clients with Microsoft identity management, along with Okta and Idaptive (All are in Gartner’s leaders quadrant).


      1. All data on endpoints need to be backed up every day. If a company does get Ransomware, then the only remedy many times is a complete restore of data that has been backed up. Therefore, processes have to be put in place to backup critical data in a near real-time process. OneDrive is the choice for many Microsoft users, but there are lots of good choices. Mac and Linux endpoints also have services for those specific Operating Systems. However, many companies fail to back up end user emails and collaboration applications, like Teams.


    1. Security Awareness Training. There’s no doubt that educating your employees about phishing techniques does help reduce the malware incidents. However, new techniques are thrown at users every single day! Champion is partnered with top vendors such as KnowBe4 and Proofpoint/Wombat.

Contact Champion Solutions Group today to discuss your security strategy! For more information, call 800-771-7000 or visit: https://championsg.com/security.


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Erick Bacallao joined Champion Solutions Group in 2015 after a career of Software Development in Cuba at the National Cancer Care Institute of Cuba, followed by moving to the States with allAware.


Champion acquired allAware and its properties and Erick has utilized his extensive background and expertise in IT and Software Development to rise to VP of Product Development in less than 5 years. During this time, Erick has been involved with key projects that led to the launch of numerous products including CSP Boss, Inscape platform and 365 Productivity Insights.


Erick has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the University of Havana. He won Gold Medals for Programming from the Ministry of Education in Cuba, and he is certainly still a Gold Medalist for Champion!


As President and CEO, Chris is responsible for the development of key strategic alliances and solution portfolio. He leads Champion’s go-to market and execution strategies for integrated offerings in the cloud, in security, and in digital infrastructure, always focusing on improving the customer experience and driving transformative business outcomes.


He also aligns key partner initiatives with company strategy and oversees corporate marketing and messaging to gain mindshare with customers and partners. It’s his vision and innovativeness that have catapulted Champion up the ranks to become a $100M+ organization—and one of the most respected solution providers in the industry.


Over the past two decades, Chris has also focused on mergers and acquisitions, as well as innovative product development. He is the original founder and an active member on the Board of Managed Maintenance, Inc., a SAAS provider and consulting firm that utilizes their award-winning One-View Portal to help the IT Channel and its customers manage their IT Maintenance.


Chris is also the original founder and chief strategist behind one of the original storage cloud providers, Storage Access / BluePoint. During the course of a few short years, he had raised $20M and took that company public on the Toronto Stock Exchange. It has since been acquired by Pomeroy.


In 2012, Chris led the acquisition of MessageOps and continued the product development and worldwide launch of its premier SAAS, 365 Command. Built on Microsoft Azure, 365 Command is currently managing over 1 million seats of Microsoft’s Office 365. After achieving this phenomenal milestone, 365 Command and other MessageOps O365 utilities were sold to Kaseya.


Over the past 35 years, Chris as worked tirelessly to not only advance his own career, but those of his employees. In addition to leading a $100M organization, Chris can also be found sitting with sales teams, cold calling and coaching, and validating why Champion has been listed on Best Places to Work by both South Florida Business Journal and Computerworld.

Ultimately, the success garnered by Champion Solutions Group, its associated companies, and their employees is due in large part to the leadership of its President and CEO. Perhaps the most fitting award Chris has earned is South Florida Business Journal’s 2013 Ultimate CEO Award.