CCAT, Novus taking measures to support cybersecurity awareness

Erin Day News

EAST HARTFORD – October 16, 2018 — The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and Novus Insight are supporting National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM) 2018 by promoting awareness of online security and privacy.

CCAT and Novus are part of a growing global effort among businesses, government agencies, colleges and universities, associations, nonprofit organizations and individuals to ensure all people using digital technology have the resources to stay safer and more secure online while also protecting personal information. As official champions, the companies presented at a webinar on Oct. 11 “Increasing the Value Proposition: Export and Cyber Compliance.” Download the presentation here.

“We’ve seen the evolution of cyber threats happen over the years … we used to have these attacks that fooled people to wire money, we’ve had adware, data theft … but the threat footprint has changed recently from those types of attacks to attacks on information, and information is very valuable,” said Greg Bugbee, Novus Chief Technology Officer and Certified Information Systems Security Professional. “With the explosion of cryptocurrency and the ability to sell information on the dark web, we’re now seeing information theft as the number one threat.”

In addition, CCAT’s Chief Administrative Officer and Certified U.S. Export Compliance Officer Natalie Real touched upon export control in manufacturing as part of cybersecurity.

“It’s not only about electronic security when you think about cybersecurity,” Real said. “It is how you’re going to protect and secure digital files. But you also have to do the same when it comes to physical controls — so the export control compliance really addresses both of those areas.”

Bugbee has also discussed the importance of remediating these threats.

“For business leaders, it’s something that needs to take the same priority as workplace safety,” Bugbee said. “Establish a cybersecurity committee who’s looking at these things, make a plan, take a look at your environment and figure out what’s going on and really finding where your vulnerabilities are, then create a training program and remediate any known vulnerabilities.”

CCAT and Novus continually provide educational initiatives expanding consumers’ and organizations’ understanding of cybersecurity, cyberspace and export control. They offer comprehensive information on how to comply with federal regulations as well as a suite of capabilities including security monitoring, workforce training, consulting, auditing, and a list of best practices for your business.

To learn more about CCAT and Novus Insight’s combined cybersecurity efforts, please visit our website at exportcyber.ccat.us. For more information about NCSAM 2018, visit staysafeonline.org/ncsam.

About CCAT

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) is a nonprofit organization, headquartered in East Hartford, CT, that creates and executes bold ideas advancing applied technologies, energy solutions, STEM education, and career development and export and cybersecurity compliance services. Products and services complement standard export control programs and get organizations started on a fast track to compliance. By leading state, regional, and national partnerships, CCAT helps manufacturers, academia, government and nonprofit organizations excel. Learn more at ccat.us, or follow CCAT on Twitter – @CCATInc.

About Novus Insight

Novus is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. with administrative offices in East Hartford, CT and Jacksonville, FL, Novus provides technology consulting, cloud services, managed IT support and custom application development services to a variety of municipalities, nonprofits and other public service industries. Novus is equipped with a team of 40 IT-professionals, including a Certified Information Systems Security Professional to implement the required cybersecurity protocols.

About NCSA

NCSA is the nation’s leading nonprofit, public-private partnership promoting cybersecurity and privacy education and awareness. NCSA works with a broad array of stakeholders in government, industry and civil society. NCSA’s primary partners are DHS and NCSA’s Board of Directors, which includes representatives from ADP; Aetna; AT&T Services Inc.; Bank of America; CDK Global, LLC; Cisco; Comcast Corporation; ESET North America; Facebook; Google; Intel Corporation; Logical Operations; Marriott International; Mastercard; Microsoft Corporation; Mimecast; NXP Semiconductors; Raytheon; RSA, the Security Division of EMC; Salesforce; Symantec Corporation; TeleSign; Visa and Wells Fargo. NCSA’s core efforts include National Cyber Security Awareness Month (October); Data Privacy Day (Jan. 28); STOP. THINK. CONNECT™; and CyberSecure My Business™, which offers webinars, web resources and workshops to help businesses be resistant to and resilient from cyberattacks. For more information on NCSA, please visit staysafeonline.org/about.