Tactical FLEX, Inc. Now Offering IT Audit and Vulnerability Assessment to Community Financial Institutions to Fend Off Cyber Attacks

“Experienced information security vendor providing information technology services to community banks and credit unions to uncover weak points within their networks.”

SEATTLE, Sept. 24, 2013 — Tactical FLEX, Inc., a global provider of information security, vulnerability, and risk management software solutions, recently announced that it will provide IT audit and vulnerability assessment services to community financial institutions to help fend off cyber attacks. The assessments are performed by Tactical FLEX, Inc.’s information security analysts to pinpoint vulnerabilities in a company’s security and IT infrastructure. Cyber criminals often exploit these vulnerabilities to attack networks and siphon sensitive company and customer data.

According to Washington Street Journal, “U.S. regulators are stepping up calls for banks to better-arm themselves against the growing online threat hackers and criminal organizations pose to individual institutions and the financial system as a whole.” A proper network vulnerability assessment is the first step toward forming a comprehensive security plan to proactively block the attacks of persistent and malicious hackers. Network security audits are critical to understanding how well an organization is protected against evolving security threats. Tactical FLEX, Inc. encourages smaller community lenders to do everything they can to bolster their network strength and protect their confidential data. Tactical FLEX, Inc. also urges banks and credit unions to perform testing for DDoS (Distributed Denial-of-Service attack) vulnerability and to invest more resources in understanding how DDoS attacks work and how they can better defend their organization. An alarming report provided by Ponemon Institute states that 65% of organizations experienced three DDoS attacks in a 12-month period. DDoS cannot be categorized as simply a network issue. It has become an additional aspect of other advanced targeted attacks or orchestrated campaigns coordinated by well-funded cyber criminals intent to steal confidential data from financial institutions.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. has been performing security audits and vulnerability assessments since 2003 and has identified a wide scope of critical vulnerabilities that expose organizations to external and internal breaches. Our network security auditing and vulnerability assessment services allow community financial institutions to identify critical security vulnerabilities that attackers could exploit. We have developed a unique system of public and proprietary tools to perform as many as 25,000 security tests on targeted systems. These attacks are performed by our advanced scanning engine that tests and re-tests each exploit to ensure minimal false positives are reported and maximum assessment accuracy is achieved. Manual techniques are employed when necessary to ensure full real-word focus.

By offering IT audit and security assessment services, we hope to help community financial institutions with smaller IT budgets shore up their cyber security defenses and avoid security breaches altogether. Community banks often rely on outside providers for information technology services and may lack the resources or expertise to guard against security threats. With our industry knowledge, technical expertise, and in-depth understanding of today’s security threats, we can assist small community lenders obtain an accurate understanding of their organization’s security and risk posture while ensuring compliance with industry regulations and information security best practices. When you partner with Tactical FLEX, Inc. we will help you identify gaps in your security infrastructure and remediate issues before your network and customers are affected.

For more information about Tactical FLEX, Inc. visit the company’s website at https://www.aanval.com

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

Need to Monitor All Aspects of Your Network Environment without Breaking the Bank? Explore Tactical FLEX, Inc.’s Unlimited Sensor Pricing Model for Aanval SAS

“Aanval has been designed to correlate event data and logs from hundreds of vendor products and solutions. Every event, every sensor, every device. Not a problem.”

A recent study of 600 IT professionals revealed that most IT managers wanted “greater security visibility and context” to reduce cyber threats but were operating with a limited budget for information security. Although most respondents were planning to invest in these tools, half of them were spending 20 percent or less of their IT budget on security. 20 percent of respondents also said that they lacked the visibility into their networks. Survey showed that the “difficult to detect attacks” took about a full week to detect and were caused by poor visibility or not collecting the right operation and security data to identify the threat.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. understands your security challenges and we believe in a responsible but open and flexible approach to security. We use an unlimited sensor-monitoring pricing model for Snort, Suricata, and Syslog and offer affordable commercial license packages that are easy to deploy and leverage in any network size and environment. With annual unlimited sensor capacity, IT departments are no longer limited by sensor cost and can now monitor activity on every device and aspect of their network environment including BYOD. Investing in Aanval SAS provides you with an expanded level of security intelligence, situational awareness, and offensive tools to help you shore up defenses and reduce your security risk.

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Aanval SAS Enterprise: $5,995 (Network Size More Than 250 Unique IP Addresses)
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What does the Aanval SAS annual subscription offer you?

* An annual unlimited sensor-capacity license for Snort and/or Suricata, and Syslog
* Telephone and remote support
* Console maintenance: bug fixes, minor and major upgrades
* An enterprise-grade SIEM and IDS solution at a fraction of the cost of other providers

Aanval SAS annual package includes the following features and tools

* Situational Awareness™
* Offensive Reconnaissance™ and Rogue Host Detection
* Network Host Scanning
* False Positive Protection
* Live GeoLocation Display
* Event Correlation
* Billions of Events and More

Need assistance determining the right license package and services for your environment or an estimate for a purchase order? Contact us at 800-921-2584 or email at sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com

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About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval

DDoS Attacks Set Their Eye on SMBs: Why SMBs Should Contemplate Denial-of-Service Vulnerability Testing

Easy access to DDoS tools is putting more organizations and businesses at risk. Using a burgeoning array of inexpensive and conveniently available tools at their disposal including pay-per-use botnet services and mobile devices, hackers are crippling websites, DNS, and email servers, to incapacitate a firm’s online revenue, customer service, and brand reputation as a result of reduced network resource availability. Hackers are also distracting banks and other organizations with a DDoS attack while targeting another vulnerability in order to siphon and steal sensitive data on the network. Financial service companies handling large amounts of data are most susceptible to these attacks.

DDoS attacks can be financially damaging to any business. According to Forrester Research, a 24-hour outage due to a DDoS can result in a loss of around $27 million, or $2.1 million for a four-hour website outage. Financial services firms lost some $17 million per DDoS attacks last year. Despite news of DDoS attacks on banks, government agencies and large brands, smaller businesses are also finding themselves regularly targeted by hackers. There’s been a shift from the big brands to SMBs as DDoS attacks become more pervasive. Businesses are being targeted and attacked not because they are easy prey but because of those with whom they do business or to whom they sell services, and also for competitive reasons. If you want a specific business or organization taken offline, it’s very easy to do it now. If you want to attack one company in order to perpetrate another attack on a larger target, it can be actualized.

According to Ponemon Institute, 65% of organizations surveyed experienced three DDoS attacks in a 12-month period. All businesses including SMBs need to be smart and savvy about what they need to do to protect themselves against hackers. The most intelligent attackers do their homework first. By accessing public information, conducting a simple DNS look-up or doing recon on your security and network infrastructure, hackers will search for the best strategies to exploit weak spots. Enterprise-class organizations perform load testing to ensure that they have appropriate resources to handle a flood of excess traffic on their websites. But many SMBs don’t test their vulnerability to DDoS attacks. Many argue that is it inconvenient and it will have negative impact on business services. Testing for DDoS vulnerability and overall resource availability is actually quite easy. You should contact your security vendor and schedule a convenient time to run a test when business services will minimally be impacted and an IT administrator is on hand.

At the end of the day, it’s not only attackers whose strategies and thinking makes a significant difference. SMBs that invest more resources and understanding on how DDoS attacks work can better defend their organization and mitigate attacks. Is DDoS testing right for your SMB organization? If you stand to lose a substantial amount of revenue or frustrate many customers, business partners, or end users as a result of downtime, testing your vulnerability to DDoS attacks is worth contemplating. Tactical FLEX, Inc. offers a wide range of IT Audit and Vulnerability Assessments that can help.
We invite you to visit our IT Audit page at https://www.aanval.com/itaudit and download our Risk Management Solutions Brief https://www.aanval.com/docs/Risk_Management_Solutions_Brief.pdf

To learn how Tactical FLEX, Inc.‘s Network Security Audits and Vulnerability Assessments can assist your organization, call 800.921.2584 or email sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com.

For more information on Tactical FLEX, Inc., please visit https://www.aanval.com.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.

Tactical FLEX, Inc. to Host Live Product Demo of Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System). Discover Why Aanval’s Situational Awareness is a Great IT Advantage.

“Defending you organization against cyber criminals isn’t easy. Your IT dept. has to be right each time. An attacker only has to be right once. Are you able to identify real threats and vulnerabilities before attackers find them? Are your current monitoring systems built to deliver real-time situational awareness? ”

The challenges facing IT departments today are more pressing than ever. Security threats continue to evolve and proliferate as hackers find new ways to implement methods of cyber attacks. Cyber criminals have also become more persistent in working their ways to successfully steal data in return for a highly lucrative payout. As a result security risks are increasing in quantity and complexity, while at the same time successful cyber attacks are significantly impacting an organization’s operations and success. As the cost of cyber crimes each year also continue to escalate, IT departments need to be certain that they are managing their organizations’ security risks effectively by identifying real threats and vulnerabilities before cyber criminals find them. Defending your organization against cyber criminals isn’t easy. Your IT dept. has to be right each time. An attacker only has to be right once.

There are many reasons why IT departments are embracing Aanval SAS (Situational Awareness System). Aanval is simple to use and loaded with powerful IDS and SIEM features, coupled with new offensive tools designed to deliver an accurate assessment of security risks and complete network visibility of your IT infrastructures. Aanval helps IT departments focus and get back to protecting their networks by automating security and building systems that allow security professionals to make determinations quickly while being well-informed. Aanval’s overall primary function is to correlate data from multiple sources, bring together billions of events, and present users with a holistic view of false-positive free, network security situational awareness. Join us to learn how Aanval SAS can deliver a new level of security intelligence to make sense of all your captured log data, thus effectively strengthening your organization’s security posture.

Highlighted features include:

1. Situational Awareness engine and False Positive Protection to help build detailed summaries of your network’s security posture, risks, and keep false positives from overpowering true risks.
2. New offensive tools and host scanning capabilities utilizing Nmap to proactively detect vulnerabilities, identify rogue devices, and shore-up defenses.
3. Powerful GeoLocation feature to map locations of traffic sources in both static and real-time.
4. Vast array of high-quality reporting options and advanced displays including Situational Awareness Report and Event Timeline Browser.
5. Enhanced historical analytics with real-time searching, event tagging, and reporting.
6. Real-time Snort, Suricata, and Syslog event correlation system.

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 1:00-1:30pm EDT » Click for registration

Date/Time: Thursday, September 26, 2013 from 3:00-3:30pm CEST (Central European Standard Time) » Click for registration

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download. Follow Aanval® on Twitter @Aanval.

Hiring an External IT Security Auditor: What to Consider in an IT Auditing and Security Assessment Company

“Performing internal regular vulnerability testing is crucial to keeping your network and IT security infrastructure secure against evolving threats. However, there comes a time when an outside set of eyes becomes necessary to validate your findings and spot problems you’ve missed. Don’t be tempted to solely rely on an audit performed by your internal staff. ”

Many organizations and businesses are investing significant amounts of money on IT because they recognize the substantial benefits that IT can bring to their business operations and services. However, companies need to ensure that their IT systems are secure, reliable, and not vulnerable to cyber attacks and data breaches. In addition, corporate governance and industry regulations require companies such as financial institutions to regularly undergo a health-check or an audit of their IT security and infrastructure. Potential customers and business partners may also insist on a security audit or to view results of a security audit prior to conducting business. Overall, performing regular vulnerability testing is crucial to keeping your network and IT security infrastructure secure. As cyber threats becomes more sophisticated, network security audits are critical to understanding how well your organization is protected against evolving security threats on an ongoing basis. However, there comes a time when an outside set of eyes becomes necessary to validate your findings. Outsiders may well spot problems you’ve missed.

Selecting an outside IT auditor is a serious commitment as you are selecting a firm that will contribute significantly to the success of your business over time. IT departments can’t take this decision lightly. An IT auditor’s failure to accurately identify, verify, and rank vulnerabilities in a given system or properly review network and system configurations can also present substantial risks for an organization including potential data loss, privacy breach, service disruption, and lost revenues. While selecting an IT auditing company, you will likely find a wide variety of IT auditing firms to consider. So what do you consider in an IT Auditing and Security Assessment company? Here are four tips to help you in the selection process of choosing a good auditing firm.

1. Real-World Experience and Track Record Counts: Look for an IT Security Audit company that has specific experience in your industry including specialized skills and extensive knowledge about real-world attacker techniques. It’s important for a firm to audit a company in an industry they are familiar and have led numerous thorough and comprehensive intrusion investigations. Don’t be influenced by certification letters as certifications don’t always equal technical competence. Make sure that the firm has actual work experience in the information security field by years of implementing and support technology. This will save you time, money, and aggravation. To work with an IT audit company and enjoy value in a favorable, long-term relationship, long-term viability is critical. A key to a long-term viability is a track record. How long has the firm been in business and what does their customer base look like? If the firm has made it through the past 5-10 years, they must be doing something right.

2. Flexibility in Pricing: Each network security audit and vulnerability assessment should be designed to meet the objectives and needs of each client. The approach to performing a security assessment is to obtain important information about the targeted organization, research security recommendations and alerts for the platform, test to confirm exposures, and create a risk analysis report. Like any business service, the fees you pay your auditor should be fair, reasonable, and not cast in stone. Pricing and payment plan should be negotiable. Some firms quote a flat rate in exchange for a report detailing their findings and recommendations. Others may estimate the number of days an audit will take. For a complex audit of an entire company, a flat rate may be more ideal for the contracting organization. Overall, it’s important to agree on the appropriate payment plan and know what you are getting for your money.

3. Find the Right Fit: Meet with an assortment of auditing firms to see which firms best
meet your objectives and needs. You may find that some firms may not be that serious about bidding for your business or choose not to bid on a small-scale project. You will also find that some firms may be hesitant to provide greater details about their methods, tools, and techniques for reviewing your network without a contract. They need to tell you how they plan to proceed with the audit, how they can meet your objectives, and what you should expect. Insist on details, as a good auditor will freely discuss their auditing methods and accept input from the organization.

4. Know with Whom You Will Be Working: When in charge of hiring expert people to audit your systems, it’s important to take time to meet the staff who will actually be working with you. Realize that the people in the pre-sales meeting are not necessarily the ones who will perform the hands-on work. Take the time to interview and select an auditing firm that you would be comfortable working with for years to come.

Conclusion:
Selecting a IT Auditing and Security Assessment company can be a substantial task. There are many auditing firms from which to select and different capabilities and services models to evaluate. The strength of an IT Auditing and Security Assessment company is determined by the skill, industry expertise, and information security knowledge of its staff members. This has led many organizations of all sizes to turn to Tactical FLEX, Inc. to help build a successful defense against today’s evolving cyber threats. Tactical FLEX, Inc. has been performing security audits and vulnerability assessments since 2003 and has identified a wide scope of critical vulnerabilities that expose organizations to external and internal breaches. As a trusted security vendor protecting more than 6,000 organizations within every industry in more than 100 countries, our wide spectrum of customers demonstrates our sincere commitment to an industry that remains at the forefront of the digital evolution of the world. Information security is our business and our customers are our greatest asset. When you partner with Tactical FLEX, Inc., we will help you obtain an accurate understanding of your financial organization’s security and risk posture while ensuring compliance with industry regulations and information security best practices. Our information security analysts can help you identify gaps in your security infrastructure and remediate issues before your network and customers are affected. The purpose of the audit after all is to get an accurate snapshot of your company’s security posture and provide a road map for improving it. Execute it right, and do it regularly, and your IT security and infrastructure will be more protected each year.

We invite you to visit our IT Audit page at https://www.aanval.com/itaudit and download our Risk Management Solutions Brief https://www.aanval.com/docs/Risk_Management_Solutions_Brief.pdf

To learn how Tactical FLEX, Inc.‘s Network Security Audits and Vulnerability Assessments can assist your organization, call 800.921.2584 or email sales.group [at] tacticalflex.com.

For more information on Tactical FLEX, Inc., please visit https://www.aanval.com.

About Tactical FLEX, Inc.
Tactical FLEX, Inc. is a privately owned software development firm based in Seattle, specializing in information security research, engineering, technology design, and production. With the technological development of Aanval®, Tactical FLEX, Inc. has become a global provider of information security vulnerability and risk management software solutions that protect businesses of all sizes. Aanval® is the industry’s leading Snort, Suricata, and Syslog Intrusion Detection, Correlation, and Threat Management console on the market. Aanval® currently has over 6,000 customers worldwide including government security, defense organizations, technology corporations, financial services organizations, energy companies, educational institutions, healthcare organizations, biotechnology manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, law firms, utility providers, and many others. Learn more about Aanval® by visiting http://www.aanval.com. Aanval® may be downloaded for testing and evaluation at http://www.aanval.com/download.