Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa, Co-Founder & CEO
In the past, enterprises utilized off-the-shelf antivirus and anti-malware software to provide reasonable levels of endpoint security, but this is no longer the case today. Existing security solutions that rely on regular updates to deal with the multitude of attacks are not strong enough to keep up with the ever-evolving threat landscape. At the wake of this concern, Advisor Consulting Group (ACG)—market leaders for information security consultancy and advisory services—believes that the only viable option for adequately protecting any type of network and endpoint is to leverage artificial intelligence (AI). Driven by this conviction, ACG partnered with Sophos, a leading cybersecurity solutions provider. The company offers the best portfolio of services to accommodate the unique needs of every client’s network, with a range of IT security products featuring AI and Machine Learning (ML) at their core.
Juan Carlos Sanchez Pignalosa, co-founder and CEO of ACG, states, “We are ushering in the era of synchronized security, enabling organizations to be more secure than ever with complete prevention, detection, intervention, and remediation.” As opposed to the past, today, neither the number of end-users nor the size of a network matter; hackers are only concerned with the vital information belonging to a business and its customers (such as credit card information). These bad actors can only be stopped with the help of advanced endpoint security solutions and network firewall. Understanding the severity of the situation, ACG leverages Sophos’ Intercept X, featuring built-in endpoint detection and response (EDR) and XG Firewall. By combining deep learning and AI, these solutions ensure unmatched protection against malware, exploits, and ransomware.
Another aspect of cyber threat prevention that is often exploited by hackers is the fact that layered security within a network is often siloed and isolated from each other.
We are ushering in the era of synchronized security, enabling organizations to be more secure than ever with complete prevention, detection, intervention, and remediation
This is where ACG employs Sophos Heartbeat, a solution that lets endpoint protection and firewalls share telemetry and health status with each other. For instance, when unwanted applications are discovered, Heartbeat monitors any suspicious behavior to check whether the programs attempt to connect nefariously with command and control centers. In the event of an attempted breach, the firewall can block that traffic and alert the administrator to the system, IP address, user, and even the process associated with that unwanted applications.
To this day, ACG has helped several clients adopt Sophos IT security products for protection against a variety of cyber threats. Demonstrating the solutions’ capability, Sanchez Pignalosa mentions the case of a national agency, whose primary servers were affected by a ransomware attack. Luckily, the client had recently deployed Sophos Intercept X for servers. As a result, ACG’s team was able to determine the origin of the attack, which ended up being a non-compliant shared folder that allowed an infected computer to remotely start encrypting files in the server. An alert was raised to the administrator, and the system was immediately taken offline following a factory reset. The ransomware was promptly quarantined, and the server was patched to prevent any future breaches before any harm was done. The whole event was resolved quickly, with just a few clicks, resulting in only 10 minutes of downtime.
Dedicated to offering only top tier IT security products to clients, ACG intend to grow its portfolio through partnerships with other vendors. Alongside, ACG also plans to expand its geographic reach within the Americas region through its offices in the U.S., Puerto Rico, and Colombia, which are strategically placed to provide products and services throughout the region. As IT networks continue to become more complex, ACG is focused on keeping IT security simple to deploy, manage, and use.