The Most Pragmatic Approach to IT Security: Secure Your Credentials and Data

There are two common denominators in every breach scenario:

  1. The Credentials that supply access to data
  2. The Data that contains (often sensitive) information

Champion Solutions Group assists our customers with securing their most sensitive data and the credentials that supply access to that sensitive data.  We believe the security of your data is more than just understanding who has access to it.  Data security relies on securing the credentials that are leveraged to access it – and the security of your credentials relies on securing the desktop and server infrastructure where most cyber breaches occur.

Accordingly, we believe the most pragmatic approach is to protect your credentials and data. To do so, there are 3 critical steps:

1. Protect Your Systems:

Limiting access and remediating misconfigurations and vulnerabilities across desktop and server infrastructure will help keep your credentials safe from advanced attacks.

2. Protect Your Credentials:

What credentials are we talking about?  Active Directory (AD).  AD is the central hub of authorization and authentication for 90% of organizations worldwide. This is the platform leveraged to provide access to the vast majority of resources available and is most commonly compromised from the desktop and server infrastructure layer.  In order to effectively secure AD, you must ensure it is clean, understood, configured properly, monitored closely, and controlled tightly.

3. Protect Your Data:

Reducing user access and permissions to data to the lowest levels possible – a Least Privileged Access Model – limits exposure and risk, increases security, and reduces operational burden.

There will be other components to your Security program. We get that. But if you’re looking for a place to start. If you’re trying to determine how you can get the most bang-for-your-buck.  If you’re looking for a realistic, efficient and practical means to improve your overall security posture.


 For more information on how Champion Solutions Group can provide the tools necessary to help you secure AD, as well as information on how to run a free Credential and Data Security Assessment, please call us at 800-771-7000 or request assistance at

In addition, check out this free Credentials and Data Executive Brief available through our partner, STEALTHbits Technologies. It’s written to teach you:

  • Why most IT Pros think they will be breached next year
  • Key security measures to block bad actors
  • 4 steps to protect your organization’s data

Download it here:


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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.