WireHead moves into the consulting services sector as it offers cost-conscious organizations solutions to improve their security infrastructure.
Professional services firm WireHead Security introduced its suite of
information security and consulting services aimed at helping small to medium-size
businesses, and education and government organizations address the growing problems
of online theft, cyber-fraud and the stream of new security vulnerabilities.
The company said small to medium-sized organizations face special challenges
in addressing the growing host of potential security problems. Among those
problems are new threats such as Web applications, social engineering and
misuse of publicly available data, as well as increased use of social
networking and mobile computing services. Noting most IT and network managers
operate with limited staff and rely on an external consulting firm to ensure
they're following up-to-date best practices, WireHead said it can offer the
brand-neutral expertise to give midmarket IT managers a security boost.
"Despite being a No. 1 priority, the rapid growth of network and cyber-security
threats poses a daunting challenge for IT at a time of tighter budgets and
staff reductions," said WireHead President Michael Menefee. "That's why IT and
network managers often need to work with external resources like our firm, to
gain the expertise they need to address information security threats
proactively and guard against the growing number and types of attack."
In addition, Menefee said regulatory compliance requires robust security
testing and analysis. SMBs need to document the steps they've taken by turning
report data into actionable intelligence that helps them more effectively
secure their networks.
"The problem for many is finding a firm that understands their
organization's needs and has services to match," he said. "We help
clients to identify and analyze their network vulnerabilities. By improving the
effectiveness of their preventative security measures, our consulting and
services enable our customers to better reduce their business risks by
remediating their most dangerous and costly security weaknesses."
According to a recent study by CompTIA, while the number of attacks in 2008
did not grow substantially, the severity of attacks has steadily risen since
2006. The average cost of attacks suffered by those organizations surveyed was
between $5,000 and $10,000, while the mean cost was more than $85,000. The
study found the most significant cost of security breaches is the overall
impact on employee productivity. About one-third of U.S.
respondents cite lost productivity as the top consequence of a breach, followed
by a disruption of revenue-generating activities.
"Mike Menefee and his team handled the full scope of security testing
for us, from vulnerability assessment and penetration testing to examination of
our Web applications and wireless infrastructure," said Meredith College CIO
Jeff Howlett. "They delivered a report providing concrete, actionable
information, written in language easily understood by senior management. It
enabled our Technology Services group to get the necessary budget to upgrade
our network equipment, software applications and tools, and move the college to
a new level of security preparedness."