For Immediate Release:
CHICAGO, IL (January 20, 2020) – Cybercrime is on the rise in the construction industry and the costs are massive. Cybercriminals are breaking into companies for multiple reasons including: stealing or locking data for ransom to financial theft, sabotage and destruction of hardware. While it is projected that cybercrime will cost businesses approximately $6 trillion per year through 2021, there’s a belief among construction companies that they aren’t a target. This makes the industry easier prey for attackers. A recent Forrester Survey revealed that more than 75% of respondents in the construction industry had experienced a cyber-incident within the last 12 months. To address this large and fast growing issue, Grosso University has proudly invited Guard Street™ as a sponsor of their Closers Camp. Guard Street offers contractors nationwide a groundbreaking suite of cybersecurity services designed to keep their confidential data and organization protected from cyber criminals, fraudsters and hackers.
Grosso University provides the home improvement industry with professional sales training and its owners are not only contractors of successful, growing businesses, but also work with Guard Street to protect their organizations. Guard Street takes a holistic approach towards applying its cyber security strategy and services which is logical, effective and easy to put in place. Since 1 out of 39 construction industry email users is targeted by phishing emails, the services even address a typical pattern of cybercrime impacting construction, starting with the use of email to divert funds or holding data for ransom.
The Guard Street™ services not only include the proactive protection services, but also an on-call incident response team. The services include organization necessities like email security, ongoing vulnerability scans, penetration testing, compliance assessments and cyber liability insurance. These services also help save on insurance, operating costs and provide awareness training for employees, since they are highly targeted by cybercriminals.
The Grosso University – Guard Street™ alliance comes at a pressing time with a significant need for such an extensive protection service. A recent poll by Vanson Bourne discovered that 61% of cyber-attacks affected companies with less than 100 people. Additionally, 60% of small businesses that get hacked go out of business within 6 months.
“Our training will create sales achievers and revenue growth for home improvement organizations, but all of that success could mean nothing if the business loses its money due to a cyber-attack. That’s why we’re thrilled to have Guard Street™ as a sponsor. They bring the services needed to protect a business.” said Nick Richmond, Grosso University’s President and CEO.
According to Vince Mazza, CEO of Guard Street: “Today, an organization’s digital assets and reputation are extremely valuable and in most cases, more valuable than its physical property. Clients gain confidence in contractors who manage cyber risk well. We’re excited to sponsor an organization of the caliber of Grosso University, who shares our commitment to providing a world-class solution and providing contractors with tools to successfully grow their organizations.”
About Guard Street
Guard Street is a cybersecurity company based just outside of Chicago, Illinois and is dedicated to assisting clients with information security risk management, quantifying the cybersecurity need, risk mitigation, monitoring their digital brand, email security and vulnerability detection and prevention. Guard Street offers services that minimalize unwanted exposure and protects against external threats by detecting data loss and reducing an organization’s attack surface. Organizations can suffer regulatory fines, loss of intellectual property and reputational damage when digital risk is left unmanaged. Guard Street’s full cybersecurity suite protects organizations world-wide. For additional information, go to www.guardstreet.com.
About Grosso University
Grosso University is a niche Sales Training and Management Consultancy, both founded and led by home improvement professionals who currently run some of the largest and most successful companies in the industry. We help contractors across the U.S. build and train a powerful sales force, mitigate the cost of trial and error, and reposition for scalability and retirement. Our battle-tested strategies drive real-world, industry-leading companies in the marketplace and will be presented during our annual three-day event, Closer’s Camp, which is a world-class management and sales training event where sales professionals learn how to properly execute a one-call close and EARN the prospect’s business with thoughtful-pointed questions, a masterful presentation, and zero pressure. For additional information, go to www.closerscamp2020.com.
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