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DigitalEra Recognized on CRN’s 2020 MSP500 List

MIAMI, FL. – February 19, 2020 – DigitalEra, a premier IT security solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, announced today that CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company, has named DigitalEra to its 2020 Managed Service Provider (MSP) 500 list in the Security 100 category. This popular list identifies North American solution providers that deliver operational efficiencies, IT system improvements, and a higher rate of return on investments for their customers. These accomplished MSPs work tirelessly to guide their customers and create solutions for complex IT issues.

This annual list is divided into three categories: the MSP Pioneer 250 who are focused primarily on the SMB market; the MSP Elite 150, large data center-focused on- and off-premises; and the Managed Security 100 made up of off-premises-focused, cloud-based IT security services.

“MSPs are the critical bridge for customers looking to assess, implement and migrate their IT and cloud solutions to drive efficiencies, lower costs and secure your environment,” said Bob Skelley, CEO of The Channel Company. “On behalf of our team at The Channel Company, I want to congratulate the accomplished companies on CRN’s 2020 MSP 500 list and thank them for their commitment to finding innovative solutions that move the IT channel forward.”

“We’re thrilled to be recognized among CRN’s 2020 Security 100 MSP’s,” said Patrick Dyer, CEO & President of DigitalEra. “Our team has done an exceptional job working closely with our customers to understand their specific business objectives, offering consulting services to identify, deploy and manage the ideal technology solutions they need in order to achieve their goals.”

The MSP500 list will be featured in the February 2020 issue of CRN and online at www.crn.com/msp500.

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit:www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About The Channel Company

The Channel Company enables breakthrough IT channel performance with our dominant media, engaging events, expert consulting and education and innovative marketing services and platforms. As the channel catalyst, we connect and empower technology suppliers, solution providers and end users. Backed by more than 30 years of unequalled channel experience, we draw from our deep knowledge to envision innovative new solutions for ever-evolving challenges in the technology marketplace. www.thechannelcompany.com

 

Secure Miami 2020 featuring Hector Monsegur as Keynote Speaker

Registration Now Open!

Join us on Saturday, February 8th as we bring together top cybersecurity experts to provide thought-provoking discussions and interactive presentations in our high-quality networking forum.

This year’s conference theme “Expect a Breach: Don’t Sleep on Cyber” will explore innovations in cybersecurity automation, diversity of incident response plans across organizations, and the impact of a breach.

Complimentary Secure Miami conference pass includes free admission to Brew Miami, Miami’s hottest craft beer and food festival.

Earn a certificate of Continuing Professional Education Credits (CPEs) for attending Secure Miami Conference.

MEET OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKER: 

Hector Monsegur Chief Researcher, Rhino Security Labs, Former Hacktivist

Hector “Sabu” Monsegur is the most controversial hacker of this generation and the former defacto head of Anonymous/ LulzSec and lastly a high profile Federal informant. Monsegur’s story is more tangled and complicated than many know. He grew up in the projects on the Lower East Side of New York in a family trapped in a world of poverty and drugs. His mother left him when he was young which led to a close relationship with the rest of his family and the eventual adoption of his two nieces whom he raised from when they were little girls.

Trying to find a better life for himself and his nieces, Monsegur found that his computer skills could empower him far above his socioeconomic barriers and his 9th grade education – but also led him into the dark world of hacking. Monsegur ruled the “hacktivist” scene breaching targets almost daily – from Nintendo, to News Corp, to PayPal/VISA/Mastercard, to Middle Eastern governments and to the very security firms supposedly protecting against hackers like him. That is until the FBI closed in…

     

About Secure Miami Conference

Florida International University (FIU), one of the top research institutions in the U.S., and Digital Era Group, a world-class cybersecurity provider in South Florida, partner together to host the inaugural cybersecurity conference, SECURE MIAMI, with the goal to educate individuals about the latest security threats and strategies as well as stimulate interest among the local IT security workforce.

Secure Miami has rapidly become South Florida’s can’t-miss security event of the year – drawing over 200 IT security executives and professionals in its third edition on February 2019.

For more information, visit: www.securemiami.com.

Follow Secure Miami: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

Interested in sponsoring the conference? Become a sponsor and maximize brand exposure through a range of sponsorship opportunities.

Questions? info@securemiami.com 

Inside the List: DigitalEra Group Fights Against Ransomware

As published by the South Florida Business Journal, check out the following interview done to DigitalEra Group’s President & CEO, Patrick Dyer.

MIAMI, FL. – October 11, 2019 – As DigitalEra prepares to celebrate its 20th year of business, the company can boast rapid growth.

With a near 25% increase in revenue between 2017 and 2018, the Miami-based technology company is one of the fastest-growing in the region.

“We really want to solve the problems of our customers, and keep them safe [from the threat of ransomware],” co-founder and CEO Patrick Dyer said. “I think that’s one of the main factors that helps us grow.”

DigitalEra, which describes itself as a cybersecurity integrator, provided solutions and protections for large companies across various industries.

Dyer always knew he’d work in technology. “It’s in my DNA,” he said. “My father has been a technology guy all his life. I started my career in tech with a company he created.”

Dyer worked at Microsoft before realizing that being in the corporate tech world wasn’t the right fit for him.

“I wanted to be an entrepreneur, and I told my father that I think there’s an opportunity around cybersecurity,” he said.

In 2000, Dyer and his father, Cliff, co-founded DigitalEra. Dyer admits that the timing wasn’t the best. It was just after the start of the dot-com crash of 2000, but they pushed forward with their business.

“One of our advantages has actually been that we are a boutique shop,” he said. “Technology moves so fast that you really have to be nimble and ready for change, and being boutique allowed us to be a chameleon and change when we needed to.”

DigitalEra most recently pivoted its focus on service by opening managed security and incident response practices. They allow the company to be “in the battlefield,” Dyer said, and really see what’s going on in cybersecurity from a different angle.

Like many of his peers, Dyer anticipates that the threat of ransomware will not disappear anytime soon. He worries that one of the underlying problems in cybersecurity isn’t being addressed.

“There is a problem on the supply chain side,” he said. “A lot of products are being manufactured in different countries where malware is sometimes embedded during the process.”

Despite his concerns, Dyer is confident about the future of the industry and his business.

“This is our passion,” he said. “The threat of ransomware isn’t going away, and neither is our desire to fight against it.”

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit: www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About South Florida Business Journal 

The South Florida Business Journal is the leading business news outlet covering Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The company’s mission is to provide business intelligence online and in print to help subscribers grow their business, advance their careers and simplify their professional lives. SFBJ is one of 42 business publications owned by American City Business Journals. www.https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/ 

DigitalEra Named on South Florida Business Journal’s Fast Tech: The Top Fastest Growing Tech Companies

   

Miami, Florida, October 11, 2019 – The South Florida Business Journal has named DigitalEra among the Top Fastest-Growing Tech Companies. DigitalEra is a premier IT security solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services based in Miami, Florida. The companies honored by South Florida Business Journal were ranked based on revenue percentage growth and by dollar growth from 2017 to 2018.

According to the South Florida Business Journal‘s “The List” of fastest-growing technology companies by dollar growth, DigitalEra comes in at #8 out of 10 companies. In addition, DigitalEra was also named in “The List” of fastest-growing technology companies by percentage growth, ranking at #12 out of 15 companies.

The ranking was announced at the Fast 2019 Technology Awards Ceremony on Thursday, October 10th at the Signature Grand in Davie, FL. Companies named with the Fast Tech Awards reported year-over-year revenue growth and have been in business for at least three years.

“It’s an honor to be recognized on the South Florida Business Journal Fastest-Growing Technology companies. Our growth these past few years has been exponential and this recognition reinforces the great work we’ve done,” said Patrick Dyer, President and Chief Executive Officer of DigitalEra. “We look forward to our continued growth by delivering service excellence, as we continue to work closely with clients to improve their overall cybersecurity risk posture and resilience and become their one-stop cybersecurity shop”.

About DigitalEra

DigitalEra is a leading solution provider of network and cybersecurity products and services, serving major business, education and governmental agencies throughout the US. In addition to access to the most sophisticated and effective security products, DigitalEra provides expert guidance on use as well as ongoing security council and insights that help their clients prevent security breaches and mitigate threats. For more information, visit: www.digitaleragroup.com.

Follow DigitalEra Group: Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook.

About South Florida Business Journal 

The South Florida Business Journal is the leading business news outlet covering Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties. The company’s mission is to provide business intelligence online and in print to help subscribers grow their business, advance their careers and simplify their professional lives. SFBJ is one of 42 business publications owned by American City Business Journals. www.https://www.bizjournals.com/southflorida/ 

Tales from the Trenches – S01E03

Falling victim to Ransomware

Hello again! In our last episode, we talked about some cybersecurity fundamentals, particularly knowing what is connected to your organization. In these tales, we’re going to continue with this thread which should stress the importance of this topic.

This is the tale of a relatively recent ransomware incident. If you aren’t familiar with ransomware, it is a type of malware that encrypts your data or system and promises the decryption keys once a ransom is paid. The value of the ransom is typically proportional to the amount of data held hostage and usually paid by bitcoin. Sometimes the keys are not given or don’t work after a ransom has been paid and sometimes, organizations held hostage have been able to negotiate the amount to be paid.

I don’t know all the inside details of this incident but was informed of the issue by another organization who likely heard of it because the cybersecurity world is quite small. Likely, they might have been warned by a conscientious peer. A check of the victim organization’s web site did confirm an issue with their systems and business interruptions. Again I called my peers to learn more and found out that there was indeed a ransomware incident. The victim organization had the basic tools in place but were lacking in a critical area; if you guessed knowing how many computers were running in their organization, you would be right. Somehow the various IT and security teams only ever expected a certain number of computers in the organization yet the reality was that they had many, many more. And due to the way their security management tools and policies were configured, their systems were left unprotected and highly vulnerable. After what was undoubtedly a costly incident response effort, the organization did recover and resume normal operations.

In a perfect world, HR, IT, security, inventory, license and change management process are all in sync with birds singing and unicorns jumping over rainbows. But that’s a perfect world. Life happens. If you can’t rely upon a centralized or coordinated process, there are still ways to address the topic and minimize your risk. Let’s start with your typical AV security management system. Most modern security management systems can poll or sync with Active Directory (does anyone use Novell Netware or Banyan Vines anymore?!) Simply polling AD twice a day is a good start. Assuming your AD is kept tidy, this technique probably covers 2/3 of your organization with a reasonably small gap between initial management and security coverage. In CPU cycles waiting 12 hours to have protection deployed is an eternity! A good way to complement it with a system that can listen to live network traffic and take automated action. In my favorite security management application, McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator, this is accomplished using the Rogue System Detection system. As the name implies, the modules detect rogue systems (those that are unknown or unmanaged) and take appropriate action i.e., deploy the McAfee Agent. To illustrate how effective this double-layered approach works, let’s look at one organization that had around 2000 Windows endpoints consisting of laptops, desktops, and servers. Through our diligent monitoring and checking of dashboards (recall the lessons from S01E01 of these tales) we found that AV signatures were not as up to date as they should be across the organization. It was found that we only had active management of less than 40% of the systems. They were using daily sync with AD but because they had over 4000 stale computer objects in AD, the daily sync could never run against more than 40% of the system in 24 hours! We implemented RSD and within an hour achieved over 80% coverage and over 90% by the next day. It turns out that the desktop teams where never deleting the old AD computer accounts when reimaging/redeploying the systems resulting in a gradual stockpile of legacy computer objects.

There are other options. You could use AD to deploy the necessary agents and apps for you. You could also use a 3rd party tool to monitor and alert you to rogue systems. The Spiceworks app is a great, free tool that has this capability. Your mileage will vary of course depending upon your organization’s particulars but it is well worth the effort.

Until next time, be safe out there!