Need a Personal Cyber Security Staff? Rubica May Be the Answer

I was recently introduced to a personal cybersecurity service called Rubica.  If you are looking for a company that can provide you and your family or your small business with the kind of cybersecurity operations that are available to larger companies, this may be for you.

A bad day for me starts with a client calling to say, “I was hacked,” or to hear that they have fallen prey to a ransomware attack and lost all of their important personal files, pictures, and other data.  Or lost a large sum of money through an email account hijacking exploit.  We know that cyber security awareness and vigilance is important, but it is not enough to beat all of the sophisticated attacks and exploits that abound on the web.  Rubica can provide that next level of cybersecurity that we all need.

Rubica works by providing a secure encrypted VPN connection to Rubica servers that analyze your traffic to and from the Internet.  Rather than surfing the web using the your usual insecure Internet connection, your online session is routed through a proxy-like web filtering service similar to Cisco Umbrella (OpenDNS).  But Rubica goes beyond simple automated web filtering by adding a combination of machine-learning and human intervention.  According to Rubica, they can:

  • “Actively block known malicious threats, like malware and phishing sites
  • Detect suspicious activity, events, patterns and behavior in your device traffic, which are then analyzed and acted upon by our human analysts
  • Take care of your security behind the scenes, only notifying you if there is something serious that requires your action.”

Getting started with Rubica is easy enough.  After signing up for the service, you install the Rubica app on your computers, laptops, tablets, and smartphones.  The basic service will cover six users and a total of twenty devices.  This should be enough to cover all members of your family, or the staff of a small business.  Larger plans are available by quote.

Rubica’s target market includes people who require a higher level of digital security because they are at a higher risk of attack by a cyber-criminal.  Their clients include public figures, sports personalities, business owners and C-level employees, corporate board members, and active investors.

Once the app is installed on your devices, it creates an encrypted connection called a VPN to Rubica, and from that point on your online sessions are monitored 24/7 not only by Rubica’s impressive automated security system, but also by a staff of human cybersecurity operators with many years of experience.

If you are looking for a way to be “totally secure” online, this may be your answer.  While Rubica may seem expensive at first glance, it is a bargain compared to commercial and enterprise services that provide similar levels of security.  And when you break the price down per user, it is comparable to popular identity theft services that do not even begin to provide the security infrastructure, services, and support that Rubica does.

What excites me about Rubica is that there is finally an enterprise class cybersecurity product available for individuals and small businesses.  I recommend that you take a look.  For more information I would refer you to their website and especially the FAQs.

 

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About the Author:

Cybersecurity guru to business owners in the St Paul, Minneapolis, and western Wisconsin area. Computer security and hacking have been a passion of mine since I entered the computer and networking business in 2000. In 2013 I completed a course of study and certification exam to become a Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH). In 2016 I was certified as a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP). As Senior Cybersecurity Engineer at Computer Integration Technologies, I help our clients experience high levels of computer security, network security, and web site security. In addition to consulting on security products and services, we also conduct security audits, vulnerability assessments and full penetration tests. We also provide Cybersecurity Awareness Training for clients and their employees. We also work with companies and organizations that need to certify compliance with regulations such as PCI-DSS (credit card processing), HIPAA/HITECH (medical records), and GLBA. The views expressed on this Web site are mine alone and do not necessarily represent the views of my employer.

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