Q&A With Pete Canavan – PJC Services

Aviva Zacks
Aviva Zacks Cybersecurity Expert and Writer
Aviva Zacks Aviva Zacks Cybersecurity Expert and Writer

Safety Detectives: Please share your company background, how you got started, and your mission.

PJC: I started my IT services company in 1995 providing computer/network sales and services to clients throughout northeast Pennsylvania. Over the years I have changed my focus to safety and security solutions (both cyber and physical) as threats have increased over the years. My mission is to provide small to medium size companies with programs, plans, and training to improve their online digital security as well as their offline physical safety.

SD: What is the main service your company offers?

PJC: Our primary service is cybersecurity business plan development through the use of a 90-day, 7-step program that helps businesses create a comprehensive cybersecurity recovery plan rapidly. There are other levels of support, from done-with-you (DWY) programs to consulting to a simple-to-follow online course that walks clients through the process. Our advanced ongoing support programs include call “banks” whereby clients can reach out for additional assistance in 15-minute consulting blocks for a specified period of time (typically 6-12 months or on an ongoing monthly retainer basis).

SD: What is something unique that helps you stay ahead of your competition?

PJC: My expertise and company are unique because I am an expert in both online and offline safety/security. I am an online security expert who has been helping my clients secure their systems, networks, and accounts for over 25 years. I am an offline safety expert as a martial arts/self-defense instructor who has been teaching others through classes, seminars, and workshops how to protect themselves from offline threats to their personal safety. I also have relationships with many companies that provide amazing physical security solutions for companies and interview many of them on my podcast, Safety Talk.

SD: What do you think are the worst cyberthreats today?

PJC: It is my opinion that the worst cyberthreats that we face today come from spoofed email addresses and websites that are very effective at tricking the recipient into believing the message that they are reading is valid. Targeted attacks against specific companies and specific individuals within those companies are getting tougher to thwart because cybercriminals are spending time researching the companies they want to target and are very good at gaining the trust of their intended targets by their knowledge of the company and other individuals within the company. This building of familiarity and rapport is very insidious and makes for a very dangerous threat to every organization in the world.

About the Author
Aviva Zacks
Aviva Zacks
Cybersecurity Expert and Writer

About the Author

Aviva Zacks is a content manager, writer, editor, and really good baker. When she's not working, she enjoys reading on her porch swing with a cup of decaf.