Paulius Petrėtis is the CEO of VORAS Consulting – an information security solutions provider offering cybersecurity, regulatory compliance and data privacy services. As a 20-year veteran of the industry, Paulius is on the front lines of today’s technology, helping companies implement solutions for their most pressing technological issues.
With clients in more than 17 different countries, Paulius and VORAS Consulting are seeing a significant increase in clients looking for GDPR-related solutions. This European law with global implications is bringing together cybersecurity and data privacy in a novel way. For instance, ransomware attacks are on the rise, forcing organizations to decide between paying a significant sum or possibly incurring a privacy violation when the hackers release the information. Or data breaches occurring due to malicious or ignorant users.
We had an opportunity to chat with Paulius, and he told us about some of the significant cybersecurity challenges facing companies, and he described some of the solutions that are gaining traction in today’s rapidly shifting cybersecurity threat landscape. We also discussed how embracing these solutions as a consultant adds value to his services to empower clients to stay ahead of the threat. Read more in the Q&A below:
- What are the major business challenges driving your customers to pursue information security solutions from VORAS Consulting?
Paulius: Cybercrime and compliance are two areas where our customers frequently require assistance. Today, companies face a dynamic threat environment that includes both internal and external threats, and this is a big challenge that often requires outside support to adequately address.
At the same time, many companies are struggling to understand how to comply with new regulations like GDPR. Since many countries are implementing similar laws, it’s not entirely clear how to adopt protocols that satisfy different regulatory bodies, so we help companies come to a consensus on that.
Today’s workforce is very complicated. Organizations have employees working from home or freelancers spread out the world, with less in-person oversight, and that complicates their cybersecurity and regulatory picture.
- What types of organizations does VORAS Consulting serve, and where are they located?
Paulius: Our clients represent a broad swath of industries that include everything from IT and fintech to government and defense organizations. Cybersecurity and regulatory compliance are major topics for companies in all sectors, sizes or locations.
Any organization could be the target of ransomware or privacy-violating attack, and we cater to that broad spectrum.
- When it comes to regulatory compliance, what are companies getting wrong, and what steps are they taking now to correct this?
Paulius: GDPR placed a sense of urgency on many companies. They wanted to know the fastest and easiest way to comply with these new regulations, which led to much legal maneuvering without implementing real changes into their business processes.
This really isn’t possible or sustainable.
The law requires companies to make actual changes to the type, method and handling of personal data.
This year, we started hearing from customers who worked with legal consultants to devise a plan for GDPR compliance. However, those procedures but have been more difficult to implement than many expected, which is where we can step in and help.
With hefty fines for GDPR non-compliance now a reality, organizations are working hard to make the real changes necessary to demonstrate compliance, which can create a high level of stress within organizations that feel like they are behind the curve on these things.
- How has Teramind helped companies reach an effective balance between data privacy and employee monitoring / data loss prevention (DLP) programs?
Paulius: Teramind is a very powerful software solution that can help companies both with cybersecurity posture and their compliance efforts.
For data security, Teramind creates that auditable record of digital activity that lets companies know what happened, how it occurred, and which personal data was involved in the incident. If used effectively, it provides many opportunities to address cybersecurity concerns.
The software is flexible enough that it equips companies to acquire these features without violating their employees’ privacy.
- How does Teramind add value to your business in meeting customers’ ever-evolving needs?
Paulius: Each client recommendation starts with an assessment and an understanding. First, every organization must understand its own fundamental data landscape and how that interacts with regulatory standards, then we can begin using software to help achieve regulatory compliance.
Once organizations are ready to implement preventative measures to protect their company from data loss and compliance violations, Teramind can be a powerful tool to prevent insider threats, data exfiltration and boost overall endpoint security.
Teramind is an especially good solution for Prevention, Detection and Reaction – three critical elements of information security. It helps that the software is a cost-effective way to address compliance concerns.
I also like that the people at Teramind are security and privacy-oriented. They are clearly designing solutions with integrity from the very beginning, and that is the most important reason why the solution is so capable and produces such good results.
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