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iCorps Hosts First Cybersecurity Summit As Attacks Towards SMBs Escalate

CRNtv explores how iCorps Technologies is helping its customers stay secure as they increasingly become the victims of sophisticated cyber attacks.

Boston-based iCorps Technologies recently held its first Cybersecurity Summit, bringing together small businesses and vendors to discuss the top IT threats. It’s the kind of event that experts believe solution providers need to do to stay ahead in the competitive security market.

Research by Symantec gives us a pretty good idea as to why: 43 percent of cyber-attacks are targeting small businesses. On average, it’s taking these companies over 100 days to realize they’ve been attacked. Mike DePalma, business development manager at the Connecticut-based cybersecurity and data backup company Datto, says those kind of statistics have small businesses turning to solution providers for answers.

“The pressure on an in-house IT guy is really too much. They don’t have the expertise or knowledge of the space – that’s why we’re seeing so many folks shift,” said DePalma. “The successful MSPs are really gearing themselves towards cybersecurity. A lot of them are separating it and having their own unit for it.”

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iCorps’ Cybersecurity Summit featured executives from Sophos, Microsoft and Mimecast. The vendors, while competitors, often work together in combating today’s threats.

“We say sometimes two clouds are better than one,” said Ben Darsigny, enterprise account representative at the cloud-based email management vendor Mimecast. “So, Office 365 and Mimecast is going to be better than one because the two layers you have in place for security the more likely you are to catch an attack.”

iCorps Technologies’ Jeff Lauria said the cybersecurity summit was all about adding context to their customers.

“You know a lot of times they think it’s not going to happen to me and that it only happens to the big guys because they see the big guys reporting,” said Lauria.

Plus, iCorps CEO Mike Hadley said his company is deepening its relationship with vendors to strengthen its security approach.

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“Sophos is going to be on site one day a week working with us closely, so we have that communication and work together to make sure we don’t only get communication out there effectively but also to grow the business,” said Hadley.

Watch CRNtv’s video for a full recap from the event.

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