Johannesburg, Tuesday 7th February, 2017: Following months of rigorous testing J2 Software has announced the launch of its Cyber Security Centre (CSC) which is now commercially available to support businesses driving to improve information security and aid governance.
John Mc Loughlin, MD, J2 Software says the CSC was launched in response to growing calls for better security. “It became apparent that the traditional way of doing things is simply no longer working. Breaches are increasing; losses are growing with no apparent end in sight. Cyber-criminal networks are innovating on a daily basis and traditional security is still playing by the same rules.”
Mc Loughlin highlights the number of businesses today affected by cyber-crime. “One cannot talk to a business today that has not been affected in one way or another by the scourge of cyber-crime. This ranges from malicious or uninformed insiders through to meticulously planned external attacks targeting vital infrastructure and the growing number of ransomware variants seen each day,” he says.
The J2 CSC offers globally competitive security solutions to businesses of all sizes, from enterprise through to SME’s. “SME’s are not only not immune to these threats, but in fact are often targeted by cyber criminals either externally or internally as they can be viewed as a softer mark,” says Mc Loughlin.
“I have seen first-hand how lack of resources, augmented by limited budgets, have prevented companies from providing adequate security and protection for their businesses. The aim of the J2 CSC is to ensure that this is this is no longer the case as it will cost effectively provide: complete visibility; ongoing monitoring and rapid incident response. Our goal is to incrementally improve our client’s security maturity level with a tailor made solution for each and every customer – we have no one size fits all.”
Mc Loughlin notes the J2 CSC is not a traditional Security Operations Centre (SOC) as it enables clients with limited resources to accelerate and simplify threat detection and speed up response from a single place. “Our CSC also works with global partners and we share threat information around the world, ensuring that changing and evolving threats are identified and averted as we go. We use actionable threat intelligence to strengthen clients’ defences.”
Mc Loughlin reveals that updated and relevant threat intelligence is the secret weapon.
“The J2 CSC is ready to start improving businesses security posture from day one. It will provide visibility and detect threats in real time, facilitating not only remediation of the threat but also identifying the source and location of the attack. We have created the CSC to provide next-generation security solutions today.”
Mc Loughlin says J2 CSC has moved beyond managed Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) and includes vulnerability assessments, asset discovery, network and machine intrusion. “It also provides endpoint protection, managed encryption, internet security, machine learning and user behavioural monitoring - all of which go to ensure that the business is secure and compliant.”
Mc Loughlin confirms all of this is backed by real-time monitoring, remediation and continuous reporting from the J2 CSC Command Centre.
“J2 CSC provides visibility and actionable threat intelligence. Our experts do the security work. The service offerings are aptly named the Detector – which provides external threat monitoring and risk detection with reporting and client remediation. The Interceptor takes this a step further and includes asset discovery, vulnerability assessments along with service and server availability monitoring. The flagship is the Destroyer, which provides our customers with proactive threat protection, wireless, host and network intrusion detection, along with File Integrity Monitoring and incident response and remediation. We can have a business up and running in the CSC within hours,” concludes Mc Loughlin.
About J2 Software:
J2 Software is a dynamic African ICT company founded in 2006 to address the need for effective information security, governance, risk and compliance solutions in the ICT markets’ across the continent. We offer globally leading solutions including: Dtex SystemSkan; Mimecast; J2 Online Backup and Simply Secure.
The continued rise of identity theft and confidential data leakage drives the requirement for J2 Software’s product offerings – not only for competitive advantage but as an absolute necessity.
We deliver essential tools that empower organisations to take control of their technology spend. Our hand-picked solutions provide complete visibility over our customers’ environment whilst reducing risk and lowering costs.
J2 Software has provided services and solutions to renowned enterprise corporations with sites running in South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.