Andrew Gogarty, Secon Cyber’s Head of Customer Success
Founded in 1999, Secon Cyber has witnessed many changes in the cybersecurity industry. Instead of remaining passive during this period of massive growth for the industry, they have evolved alongside it. Four years ago, the company launched their Managed Detection and Response (MDR) service, firmly cementing them as a managed security service provider while still acting as a value-added reseller.
Secon Cyber’s experience of engaging with customers over the last 20 years has given them a deep understanding of the unique challenges faced by a wide variety of organisations. This knowledge of both the industry and clients’ needs led to the creation of their managed security services, which provide security event monitoring, detection, analysis, and response.
Andrew Gogarty, Secon Cyber’s Head of Customer Success, says today, the proliferation of malware toolkits across the dark web has made it easier to become a bad actor, which has fueled the exponential increase in malware and malware variants. “With organisations struggling to keep security tools in line with best practice, everyone needs to have the mindset of what they’re going to do when they get compromised, not if,” comments Gogarty.
In order to combat this problem, Secon Cyber’s MDR service continuously monitors your network to detect any suspicious behaviour. Most organisations have antivirus in place to help flag threats, but many people do not have the time, budget, or skill necessary to watch and interpret all the noise it makes. MDR uses an automated engine to analyse each log, and when a threat is detected, a team of skilled engineers immediately respond.
Our purpose is to ensure our clients are protected from any threat of cyber attacks by ensuring their security technologies are optimised and managed to industry best practices
Secon Cyber was instrumental in containing the WannaCry ransomware attack in one NHS Trust. Their MDR detected the threat and alerted the Trust just four minutes after the malware began to infect their network. By creating bespoke policies to stop WannaCry from spreading to other parts of the Trust, the malware was contained within 15 minutes. Secon Cyber was then able to help the Trust identify which resources had been affected and restored machines from backups. Due to the speed of Secon Cyber’s response, this NHS Trust didn’t have to turn away any patients, which was the reality for many surgeries across the country.
Secon Cyber also provides security consulting services to help organisations address compliance and identify what areas of security require improvement. With the ability to sell and provide support for their own products as well as those from top vendors, such as Trend Micro, Forcepoint, Thycotic, Check Point, Sophos and Cato Networks, Secon Cyber is in a position to provide any organisation with the best of breed solutions and support.
With their portfolio of solutions and managed security services, Secon Cyber helps their customers to be fully protected against the threats they may face. “In most cases, organisations are hit by opportunists,” says Gogarty, “and if you make it hard for the bad actors to get in and move around your network, unless they’re highly skilled, well-resourced and funded, you are increasing your chances of them giving up on you and going after an easier target.”
The year 2018 registered a huge growth for the company, and Secon Cyber is looking to expand even further in the future, both in size and in the services they offer. “Our purpose is to ensure our clients are protected from threat of cyber attacks by ensuring their security technologies are optimised and managed to industry best practices,” concludes Gogarty.