IT Education Session for the CMAC Alberta members
2022

Join technology expert and Guest Speaker Denis Kateneff, CEO of Club Support, in an educational session on Information Technology for Clubs.

When & Where:

January 16 at Derrick Golf & Winter Club, Edmonton

January 18 at Earl Grey Golf Club, Calgary

Guest speaker:

Denis Kateneff, CEO Club Support Inc

The Alberta Branch of the Club Management Association of Canada will host two educational sessions in January 2023 on Information Technology (IT). 

In this modern era of working from home, cyber attacks, and increased demand for video surveillance, this session is a ‘must attend’ for General Managers, Controllers, and more.  The IT world is changing at a rapid pace, and this session will teach you about the future of IT in Clubs.

During this information session, you will learn how to enhance and protect your digital assets.

We will cover the following questions:

  • What are the major components of Information Technology at Clubs?
  • What is Cyber Security, and what to do about it? Backup, Disaster Recover and Business continuity?
  • What is the Information Technology future of the Club Industry? Difference between the Z and X generation.
  • Cost of Information Technology at your Club and how to price it, which
    IT Services to Include in Your Annual Budget?

For those CMAC members who cannot join us in person, we will have the January 18th session at Earl Grey streamed live via Zoom at 11:30 am MST (Note: all times listed are MST).

Click on the link to register:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/3JPR7KV

Registration and cancellation must be done 48 hours prior to the event.

 

With any questions, please contact marketing@clubsupportinc.com

What are Security Monitoring Services?

Security monitoring is one of the most important aspects of professional cyber security services and can play a significant role in safeguarding your club against threats. The process involves gathering data and performing in-depth analysis to identify changes or activity on your network that may be considered suspicious. 

Some clubs prefer to handle their own cyber security monitoring, possibly because they operate on a tight budget, but many leave it in the hands of a professional cyber security team instead. 

Cyber security monitoring comprises various processes, like any other cyber security service, and Club Support Inc’s package includes a cyber security audit, risk management, security incident response, cyber security staff training, and penetration tests. Each of these is performed by highly trained, experienced specialists utilizing the latest technologies and tools. 

Why Should You Care About a Cyber Security Monitoring Service?

The main objective of cyber security monitoring services is to protect your club from security threats, which may come in different forms. One of the most common types of cyber-attack in Canada is ransomware, which affected more than 70% of organizations in 2020. Ransomware attacks may be triggered by malicious links in an email or an infected download and will lock specific files or programs until a ransom is paid (usually in a cryptocurrency).

The best monitoring company takes a heavily proactive approach to protecting your club. They will analyze a wealth of data to identify patterns that may signify a problem, and if they find anything suspicious, they will take action to resolve the situation. 

The best monitoring company for your club is one that takes the time to understand your operations, your current IT infrastructure, and the potential threats you face. It’s crucial that you weigh up your options carefully and find out what local monitoring service providers can offer you. Ideally, your provider will offer a tailored service package that suits your unique budget, goals, and daily processes. 

Even if you find the world’s biggest information security company, if they seem to be offering the same generic package, they give to every business regardless of sector or niche, it’s likely that they are the wrong fit for you. 

What Are the Problems That These Services Solve?

While any type of cyber-attack can be extremely disruptive, innovation in the world of cyber security and security monitoring provides specialists with the tools to combat threats and reduce the likelihood of falling victim to an attack. Here are three problems that security monitoring services solve: 

Costly and Damaging Downtime

A successful cyber-attack that disrupts business operations can lead to days (or longer) of downtime. Whether ransomware locks you out crucial files or a data breach exposes sensitive information, your club may experience severe setbacks as a direct result. And that could lead to numerous long-lasting problems. 

First and foremost, your members will become concerned if they discover that a security issue (no matter how minor) has struck their golf, yacht, or social club. They may worry that their data will no longer be safe in your systems, particularly their payment details, and stay away for a while — or even cancel their membership. 

Even a transparent email or social media post explaining the situation might not be enough to reassure some members that the incident has been dealt with effectively. 

Not only would that affect the club’s revenue, but it could also create reputational damage that gives potential new members pause for thought in years to come. Investing in cyber security monitoring for your club could reduce the risk of costly downtime and allow you to keep operating at optimal efficiency. 

Slow Response to Security Threats

When a cyber-attack disrupts business at your club, it’s vital that you take action as soon as possible to minimize the damage. But that may be incredibly challenging if you manage your own cyber security, even with a dedicated in-house IT team. 

Understanding the nature of the attack, the impact on your network, and how to eliminate it all takes time. And the slower your club’s response to the threat, the more damage it could unleash. 

But with security monitoring services, your club’s network will be always monitored for any signs of a threat. Suspicious activity will be investigated immediately and any response necessary will be put into motion quickly. 

You won’t need to worry about hackers lurking in your network for months, gathering data and putting your club at risk. Instead, your network will be monitored by a seasoned team with the skills to get your club back in action without delay. 

Being Unprepared for Follow-up Attacks

Sadly, cyber attackers may launch repeat attacks against the same businesses again and again. They will have discovered the network’s weak points, gauged their response to attacks, and determined whether they can make money out of breaching that network again. 

Whether they use a whole new approach each time or simply reuse the same one, a repeat attack on any scale could severely disrupt business at your club. 

Fortunately, cyber security monitoring specialists will be able to identify similar signs of an impending attack and understand how repeat attackers behave. They will also advise staff on how to behave vigilantly, empowering teams to reduce the risk of attacks themselves. 

Does Your Business Need a Cyber Security Monitoring Service Provider?

Security monitoring services are a solid investment for clubs of any size, in any area. Cyber security experts will monitor your club’s network with state-of-the-art technologies and take all necessary actions with the latest tools. 

Club Support Inc. takes cyber security seriously and provides dedicated monitoring for your peace of mind. 

Our cyber security monitoring services include a comprehensive cyber security audit to understand your current measures, in-depth risk management to mitigate dangers, and penetration tests to identify weaknesses. We also offer outstanding security incident response and cyber security staff training. 

Contact Club Support Inc. to find out how we can keep your club safe!

 

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