By Steve Gubler on 2/13/19 7:05 AM
No matter the size of your business or what industry you operate in, cybersecurity is something you have to think about, budget for, and have a plan to address. In 2018, 34 percent of American consumers—or 500 million people—had their personal information compromised through a data breach or hack. Companies that experience data breaches take a significant financial hit, and the costs are rising as hacks and information theft becomes more prevalent. According to Accenture, the average cost of a malware attack on a company is $2.4 million, and the average global cost of cyber crime went up by 27 percent in 2017. And yet, most companies are not prepared for a cyber attack. For example, 21 percent of files are not protected in any way, and common applications such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel make up 38 percent of malicious file extensions. In addition, nearly half of the security risks that companies face are the result of having multiple security vendors and products. Security professionals reported that managing security alerts from multiple vendors is a challenge, especially with constrained budgets and staffs. And when security teams can’t understand and respond to the vendor alerts they receive, legitimate security threats can fall through the cracks.
For IT professionals working on military installations or in other secure government facilities, it’s especially crucial to choose the right security vendors and products. A systems integrator can help you choose hardware and other technology solutions that meet your specific security requirements.
GENCOMM Knows JITC
The Department of Defense’s Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) tests and certifies IT services, tools, and environments and makes recommendations for approved products, services, and tools—including AV hardware. Using products and tools from the Approved Products List (APL) helps ensure that all your AV and IT capabilities are secure.
“Purchasing items that are JITC-approved limits the risk for the end user,” said Steve Gubler, CTS, Business Development Manager at GENCOMM. “If an item, like a video conferencing codec, is JITC-approved, you know it’s already been vetted so there’s less security risk in selecting that item. It reduces your risk of choosing equipment that can be easily compromised, security-wise.”
An AV integrator that knows JITC can help you choose the vetted and approved hardware that best addresses your security risks and meets your compliance requirements.
Cyber Security Is Everyone’s Concern
Even if your industry or organization doesn’t require JITC levels of security, using tested, approved, and certified AV tools such as video conferencing systems, can reduce your security risk and increase your peace of mind.
“In a world of AV that is becoming more and more entrenched IT-wise, JITC becomes more and more relevant,” Gubler said. “A lot of AV technology is now IT-based and more often than not there are questions about whether that technology is safe to go on your network.”
GENCOMM understands JITC and AV security, and they are uniquely prepared to help you meet your security needs in the most efficient and cost-effective way. Contact Steve, GENCOMM's Cyber Security Expert to set a meeting and learn more.