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Core Technology Advisors: Never Fear Ransomware Again

Hank Walshak

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“Latest estimates tell us that it costs on average $7.91 million to repair a data-breach cyber attack, caused by ransomware,” emphasizes Tom Duong, CISM, Security Principal at Core Technology Advisors, LLC. A few of the costs involved after a breach are incident response costs and costs for remediation, notification, loss of business, loss of reputation and litigation.

Duong points out that small to medium businesses are especially vulnerable to ransomware attacks. Cyber threats usually arise from end user mistakes, administrative errors/oversightsandnever-ending vulnerabilities. This is just the tip of the iceberg.

“Given how complex cybersecurity has become compounded with the shortage of cyber talent and high cost of defense tools, an SME organization barely has a fighting chance unless they seek qualified help from the outside,” he says. “Many folks have infiltrated the cyber market posing as experts for financial incentives when, in fact, they have little to no experience in setting up and running a world-class, cyber-defense program,” Duong emphasized. “This presents another challenge trusting that the folks you hire are capable of protecting your organization.”

“There’s no reason to pay such a high price (revenue loss, brand degradation, loss of jobs, etc.) for breaches caused by ransomware that could have been prevented,” says Tim Smalczewski, President of Core Technology Advisors, LLC. It initially comes down to education and awareness. “If an organization continues to neglect its cyber program after getting all the facts, they have to live with the consequences. It’s amazing how many situations we find where cyber budgets are not properly funded to prevent an attack. Recovery from a breach can be exponentially more expensive than being proactive in the prevention process.”

Smalczewski mentioned that Core Technology Advisors, LLC offers clients best-of-breed solutions that have been thoroughly vetted by its technical team. “We represent several,” he remarks, “that are considered ‘innovative and disruptive,’ while still being very affordable for small to medium-size organizations.” 

The overall portfolio contains partners in cybersecurity, data storage/backup, compute, HCI, cloud technologies and enterprise/end user tools. Core Technology Advisors fits best with organizations looking for a trusted-advisor relationship. The depth and breadth of expertise in all facets of IT is very impressive. 

“Combining both Core Technology Advisors, LLC and Agility IT Services, LLC we solve most of the critical needs facing IT organizations today -- cybersecurity, infrastructure and application development. With people in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Atlanta, Charlotte and Florida we cover a very wide geography, “emphasizes Smalczewski.

The consulting services of the company overlay its solution knowledge to assure our clients are getting exactly what they need. A personal touch and individual dedication to a customer-centric philosophy pervades Core Technology Advisors. Old-school values remain within the company. People still buy from people they like, trust and respect. 

Agility IT Services, LLC is a sister organization of Core Technology Advisors, LLC. “All our developers are U.S.-based and located in Harrisburg, Pa,” Smalczewski emphasizes. “There is no development done outside of the U.S.,” says Smalczewski.

Agility builds sophisticated enterprise applications that include complete presentation, data and logic layers. This is accomplished with a single natural-language, no-code platform development tool widely considered to be the fastest in the world. As an option, customers can acquire this development tool for internal use or go the hybrid route for joint effort projects. Legacy application modernization, digital transformation, and application backlog reduction are big factors driving our business.

“Combining both Core Technology Advisors, LLC and Agility IT Services, LLC we solve most of the critical needs facing IT organizations today -- cybersecurity, infrastructure and application development. With people in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg, Atlanta, Charlotte and Florida we cover a very wide geography, “emphasizes Smalczewski.