Safety Detectives: Please share your company background, how you got started, and your mission.
A Better Process: As an extremely early adopter and consultant for Cloud Tech back in 2002, our largest client who happened to be a regional bank at the time suffered one of the largest cyber security incidents of that year. The president of the division called on us to run the incident response (IR) project. There is a much larger story here, but ABP got into the IR business because of our software solutions and consulting relationships. Fast forward to 2016, and the changes in the financial services industry shifted the legal and financial exposure of cyber breaches down to the person who was determined to have caused the breach. The parent companies, through the help of the federal government, have made it possible for this shift and many don’t understand their true exposure. Because of this, ABP stopped building and consulting on software projects in 2017 and launched 100% into cybersecurity, training, consulting, and incident response for the financial services industry.
SD: What is the main service your company offers?
ABP: ABP offers a cyber health plan and certification for companies. We secure humans and their machines via onsite assessment, training, and proper policy and procedure installation and human maintenance.
SD: What is something unique that helps you stay ahead of your competition?
ABP: We do NOT offer a software solution to this ongoing human problem. We turn a company’s weakest link (people) into its best defense.
SD: What do you think are the worst cyberthreats today?
ABP: Without a doubt, ransomware. We have watched ransomware evolve from an encrypted shutdown, which could be defeated by a robust back up to what it is today, which is a critical change in output that infiltrates the layers of backups as well. To now see the majority of ransoms being paid off is discouraging. The bad guys are winning at the moment as it’s like fishing in a barrel.