By Anna Hrushka, Reporter, Pacific Business News
August 9, 2018
Michael McMurdo started Cetra Technology in August 2008, one month before the height of the global financial crisis.
“It was nasty,” McMurdo told Pacific Business News. “We had to really scramble. But, we’re still here.”
Ten years later, the cybersecurity company has grown from two to 20 employees and is one of the state’s fastest-growing companies. Cetra Technology placed 42nd on this year’s Fastest 50 list.
The company recently launched Cetra Secure, a new division focusing entirely on physical security services such as access control and security cameras, in addition to the company’s traditional computer network services.
“The bad guys are getting smarter, so we have to get smarter. It’s a game, and we are constantly chasing it,” McMurdo said. “That’s really the outgrowth of where Cetra Secure is coming from. As we’ve developed these areas of expertise, we began to see that we were doing access control, which is door security. The cameras were an additional component. With physical security or data or network security — you can’t really separate the two.”
PC Magazine highlights why small businesses are especially vulnerable to cyber attacks.
Cetra Technology Brings an Integrated Approach to Security
The FBI reports that cyberattacks are becoming very sophisticated, more frequent and more dangerous. In fact, you may have been hacked already and don’t know it.
“You may think that you have a decent firewall and anti-virus software and you haven’t been getting any alerts so you’re feeling pretty good about being protected,” said Michael McMurdo, President and CEO of Cetra Technology. “You might also be thinking that your company is too small to be a target. The reality is that nearly half of all cyberattacks target small businesses because small businesses can’t afford a large staff of cyber experts and it is possible that your company may already have been compromised.”
And your vulnerability doesn’t rest solely with your computer network. Cyberattacks have been made via air conditioning systems, video camera systems and even a digitally-controlled fish tank!
“It is becoming increasingly important to take a 360 degree look at your company’s security—both physical and cyber security,” McMurdo said. “Sometimes physical breaches can become a severe threat to your network and systems just as cyber intrusions can cause dire physical consequences. Only through a coordinated and well thought-out design can you feel comfortable that your company’s data, assets and people are secure.”
Cetra Technology launched its Cetra Secure division to focus entirely on integrated security solutions resulting in a more complete, robust and stronger security system. Cetra Secure provides a broad range of physical security services including access control and security cameras as well as cybersecurity services that include Next Generation firewalls and advanced malware protection from Palo Alto Networks, Rapid7 and Cisco. Cetra Technology celebrates its 10th year in business this year, providing managed services, ISP, VoIP, Cloud, forensics, backup, and disaster recovery services.
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