Launch Security Looks for Cybersecurity to Take Off

Exciting news...we were recently interviewed and the subject of a cybersecurity business article by Paul Ragusa from Security Systems News. The article, titled "Launch Security looks for cybersecurity to take off," was published on Wednesday, May 31, 2017. Thanks, Paul!

We've included the first half of the article below and you can read the full writeup by visiting the Security Systems News website.


SSN ‘20 under 40’ winner Rob Simopoulos starts new company in Maine

PORTLAND, Maine—Security Systems News’ “20 under 40” winner from the integrator class of 2015, Rob Simopoulos, along with company partner Andrew Rinaldi, formed Launch Security here last month with the idea of helping organizations improve their overall cybersecurity posture.

Simopoulos, who prior to starting Launch Security was president of Advance Technology, told Security Systems News that the focus for the new company is to provide a cybersecurity program tailored to small businesses, which are becoming a bigger target these days. He pointed out that over the past five years there has been a steady increase in attacks targeting businesses with less than 250 employees, going from 18 percent attacked in 2011 to 43 percent by 2016. Moreover, according to the National Cyber Security Alliance, as many as 60 percent of small businesses go out of business within 6 months of being breached.

“We want to prevent this from happening to the many small to mid-sized businesses here in Maine and in the New England area that may be vulnerable,” Simopoulos told SSN. “On the cybersecurity side, as I started speaking with small and mid-sized businesses, I realized that they had virtually nothing in place, and were in need of a lot of guidance and education. So we said we can really help some of these organizations by training their people, by helping them with the right technology selection and by creating a better overall cybersecurity posture, which is why we founded the company.”

He said the company is focusing on the New England region, with Maine as the core focus initially.

“Right now we are working closely with some organizations in Maine, taking them through this copilot program that we have created that takes them through assessment and testing to education and training to technology deployment and then monitoring,” Simopoulos explained. “This is a continuous program, because we know that the threats are going to change, and people are going to deploy new technologies on their networks that need to be assessed and tested for vulnerabilities.”

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