From the notebook of business editor Tim Rausch

Augusta tech firm offers improved security monitoring

The big security breaches at Target and Nieman Marcus – Yahoo! too! – have internet security high on the list of topics in the news these days.

 

One of downtown Augusta’s tech firms, EDTS, is rolling out a higher level of network monitoring to its customers. EDTS is one of the Augusta companies perennially on the Inc. 5000, and it does so by finding ways to get more customers and sell more things to the ones that it has.

 

CEO Charles Johnson said the company has been working for 18 months on the new offiering, so its not being released in haste because of the news of the hackers.

 

The new monitoring involves real people examining threats as they happen, visually finding things out of place that a potentially compromised network isn’t stopping.

 

“We’ve always been experts when it comes to network security, but nobody in this area, including us, ever offered a 24-hour watching of the traffic coming in and out of the network,” Johnson said.

 

Some of the malicious software has gotten so sophisticated that they are invisible to the best anti-malware programs – intentionally created to be able to hide themselves. “Zeus is a big one now that steals financial information,” Johnson said.

 

One of the ways to mitigate the damage from these specialized malware breeches is to monitor what is coming in and out of a network.

 

Johnson said he’s already taking the new security offering to existing governmental customers, but also will be approaching the medical and retail community. Compliance with HIPAA and HITECH for the medical community – safeguarding electronic medical records – is a big deal that could result in big fines for noncompliant healthcare entities.

 

AND THE TWITTER FEED FOR THE WEEK SAYS:

  • The newest Hibbett Sports opened Wednesday at 2115 Windsor Spring Road in Colony Plaza in Augusta. 
  • Have you noticed Alexander Drive is now Cabela Drive leading into Costco/Cabela’s shopping center? 
  • A grand opening for the Wal-Mart on Wrightsboro Road is set for March 26. 
  • Biofuels company to build ethanol distribution facility near Augusta Regional Airport. 
  • Former Fed chairman Ben Bernanke joins think tank Brookings Institution. 
  • Savannah River Banking Co. and First Community Bank complete merger, new signs up on Augusta and Aiken branches.

 

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