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Manufacturers must protect business continuity in order to deliver their product or service; which means you need a strong security posture. Unfortunately, the greatest risk to Manufacturing organizations is the current lack of security measures across the industry.
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly critical as manufacturing companies rely more on technology and interconnected systems to drive efficiency, productivity, and innovation.
The latest surge in cyber-attacks and data breaches has resulted in significant financial losses and reputational damage due to the likelihood to pay ransom to avoid downtime. With the integration of information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) systems, the risks are even higher, making it crucial for manufacturers to adopt the right security measures to protect their systems.
With Difenda, manufacturers can better protect their critical IT and OT infrastructure with expert threat hunting, detection, and response. Difenda’s ability to provide increased visibility across the entire environment helps maintain business continuity and better protect intellectual property (IP). As one of the first cybersecurity companies to master the OT environment, learn how Difenda is uniquely positioned to support the manufacturing industry here.
As technology continues to advance, greater connectivity has brought benefits in terms of business and operations. But, it has also raised concerns about cybersecurity.
Ransomware is a major problem for the manufacturing industry due to its reliance on interconnected technology and systems. A single ransomware infection can quickly spread throughout the network, disrupting the entire manufacturing process, resulting in missed production deadlines, delays, and lost revenue. Manufacturers are prime target for cybercriminals due to their likelihood to pay ransoms to maintain productivity.
Lack of visibility in to the OT environment is the most significant challenge manufacturers face in identifying and mitigating cyber threats. Visibility into the OT environment is critical to maintain operational continuity, ensure product quality, and protect against cyber threats. Yet, many organizations are still not protecting this system. By increasing visibility, manufacturers can detect anomalous behavior and potential vulnerabilities in their OT systems, enabling them to proactively address security risks before they result in operational disruptions, product defects or data breaches.
One of the main concerns in the industry today is protecting intellectual property (IP) from theft and compromise. Protecting IP in manufacturing is essential for companies to maintain their competitive advantage, protect the company’s reputation and prevent financial losses. By taking a comprehensive and proactive approach to IP protection, manufacturers can minimize the risk of IP theft and ensure the continued success of their operations. The most effective way to safeguard IP is to implement a comprehensive cybersecurity program that includes both IT and OT security measures.
Third-party vendors pose a significant security risk to the manufacturing industry due to their access to sensitive data and systems. Manufacturing companies often rely on third-party vendors for services such as supply chain management, and product design, among others. However, these vendors may have their own security vulnerabilities, and if breached, can serve as an entry point for cybercriminals to gain access to a manufacturer’s systems. Moreover, vendors may not have the same security standards or protocols in place as the manufacturer, making it challenging to ensure their security posture. Manufacturers must implement appropriate risk management measures, to reduce the risk of third-party vulnerabilities and protect against cyber threats.
Managing these risks requires a turn-key agentless extended detection and response (XDR) solution that is rapidly deployed, works with diverse endpoints, IoT, OT, and industrial control system (ICS) devices to provide unified threat protection across the entire environment.
Difenda specializes in protecting manufacturing businesses from cyber threats. We are recognized globally as the authority in Microsoft Defender for IoT deployment and implementation because we helped design it. Now with customers, across North America, we have scaled to deliver MXDR for IT and OT cybersecurity services across industrial control systems, with a proven track record of success.
With this experience, Difenda MXDR for OT was designed specifically to protect industrial control systems. Resulting in a robust security solution designed to address the complex threat landscape for connected devices and systems.
Difenda has demonstrated the ability to protect manufacturers from attacks with our 24/7/365 Security Operations Center and Cyber Research and Response team who are experts in:
RISK ASSESSMENTS: Difenda conducts a comprehensive risk assessment of a manufacturing company’s systems and processes to identify potential vulnerabilities and develop strategies to mitigate them.
Customer Achieves Unified Protection Of Business Critical Production Systems
Difenda is a proud Microsoft Solutions Partner for Security and offers specialized expertise with Microsoft Defender for IoT. Our Difenda Shield is a fully integrated solution that works seamlessly to secure the world’s most popular technology suite.
OT Environment Assessments
Difenda offers a comprehensive risk assessment of your manufacturing systems and processes to identify potential vulnerabilities and develop strategies to mitigate them.
MXDR for OT
Seamlessly deploy a turn-key solution that integrates with your diverse endpoints, IoT, OT, and industrial control system (ICS) devices for unified threat protection.
Remote Incident Response
With proactive ransomware mitigation support, ransomware attack response services and digital forensics services, you’ll be back to business as usual in no time.
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Megan Miller’s energy and passion for learning flow into all aspects of her work. As the Growth Manager, North America, she brings a background in sciences which she has transitioned to the tech sector in her role at Difenda.
With a Bachelors of Science in Geology, Megan is a lifelong learner who is voracious about learning anything she can get her hands on about cybersecurity. Her positive energy has built a sales strategy with a focus on expanding in the United States while nurturing the Canadian presence. She is responsible for recruiting and training the sales team. Together with the company’s leadership, she creates the sales process and the company’s product strategy in order to better serve the customer base. This ensures that our customers have a highly trained and highly motivated team to help them every step of the way, Megan has completed Microsoft SC-900 training and working towards mastering Microsoft.
Whether at work or play, Megan is fully committed. She took her love of hockey all the way to the semi-professional level as a competitive hockey player. Megan loves all things sports including water skiing, scuba diving, cycling, and snowboarding. She also enjoys time with family and reading about alternative energy, innovation, and cybersecurity.
As the Microsoft Partner Manager at Difenda, Natasha Phanor is responsible for driving growth within our Microsoft Partnership. With six years in the industry, she offers a fresh, energetic approach, and the ability to focus on our customer’s needs throughout the entire process. Natasha has the innate ability to foresee customer needs and solve problems before they arise, which creates a smooth road for each customer she encounters.
As the recipient of the Outstanding Services Partner of the Year Award in 2018, it is clear that Natasha responds quickly to customer needs, creates a platform for understanding a customer’s business requirements, and walks them through the process to ensure their complete satisfaction.
In her spare time, Natasha is as energetic and passionate as she is on the job. A self-proclaimed foodie-extraordinaire, she enjoys dinner parties, traveling, downhill skiing, hiking, biking, and reading. Natasha has a Bachelor of Fine Arts, specializing in Dance, from Ryerson University.
Ian Miersch has energy to spare, and uses his eclectic background to make a positive mark on the cybersecurity industry. As Vice President of Finance & Human Resources, Ian Miersch is responsible for overseeing scalable business growth as Difenda expands throughout North America. But it is the way he does it that sets him apart. By leveraging his engineering background and critical thinking skills, he has been able to develop unique strategies that balance the company’s current business needs with its long-term growth plans. And the results of his unique background and drive mean that the company is growing in a fiscally responsible manner, all with the customer’s needs at the forefront.
With a Bachelor’s of Mechanical Engineering, coupled with an MBA in Finance, both from McMaster University, Ian’s ability to analyze data and make informed decisions is augmented by his ability to understand all facets of the business. He has a holistic understanding of the craft, from operations to project delivery and management, to his niche in financial planning. Ian’s ten years of experience in the industry mean that he has seen it all, and knows how to create a dynamic team and manage the resources needed for success.
Outside of work, he uses his energy to help others through the Big Brothers and Big Sisters Program, earning the Group Recreation Volunteer of the Year Status.
Ian also enjoys exploring and hiking with his three young children, exercising (so he can keep up with them), and reading professional development books. He is an avid but generally heartbroken fan of the Toronto sports teams, including the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Raptors.
Derek Nugent, Vice President, Revenue lives by the motto “Be early, be better.” Derek leads our Revenue team and is responsible for the customer’s journey with Difenda. His high energy level and creativity have built high performing teams, whether at the Herjavec Group, CDW, or in his current leadership role at Difenda.
After earning a Bachelor Administration and Management degree from the Academy of Learning, Derek started in the information technology industry in 2004 and transitioned to the cybersecurity industry in 2014. With so much experience in a wide-variety of roles, he is poised to take the team at Difenda to the next level.
He excels at leading revenue strategies, new market entry, partnership engagement, and customer acquisition and retention. His work ethic and interest in rising to the top motivate his sales teams, who respond well to his passion and zeal. Under his tutelage, they are able to achieve attractive lead generation, YOY growth, and sizable deals. Derek works tirelessly to build a better team, and his constituents follow his road to success, which ultimately leads to a rewarding experience for the customer.
Even when volunteering, Derek is all in. He was a volunteer with Big Brothers Big Sisters from 2005-2015, earning Group Recreation Volunteer of the Year Status.
And when he isn’t busy leading the team to the acme of sales, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two kids, running, working out, watching thrillers, action and dramatic television shows
Manoj Arora, Difenda’s Founder and CEO has always been ahead of the curve in Technology and Cyber Security. After securing his engineering degree in Computer Science, he wrote his first mobile banking application when he was just 23 years old. This accomplishment certainly set him apart from the crowd and prepared him for a lifetime of innovation and success in his field. At just 25 years old, he was selected as the youngest Cyber Security Officer for one of the largest banks in Asia.
As a globetrotting young cyber security professional, Manoj was instrumental in designing cyber security infrastructure and controls for some of the largest institutions around the world. Depth of his expertise and passion to serve customers at the highest level of competence and integrity lead to Difenda. Founded in 2008, Difenda is a rapidly growing cybersecurity firm operating in North America and Asia.
As the CEO at Difenda, Manoj drives the strategic vision to protect our customers and enable our team members to deliver our services in line with core values- competence, integrity, and innovation. Currently one of Microsoft’s leading North American partners, Difenda reflects Manoj’ single-minded focus on our customers. Difenda is fully vested in success of its customers and takes pride in considering our success as a byproduct of our customers. Manoj has always been committed to building a great team and forging strong partnerships to serve our customers with standards that top our industry.
When he is not busy bringing cybersecurity to the world, Manoj enjoys playing golf and squash, and continues to travel the world.
Lisa Templeton is the perfect combination of human empathy and technological prowess. In her role as People Services Manager, she takes care of our team members to support them in their daily work, as well as on their personal life paths. Happy employees make for happy customers, and Lisa excels in giving our employees the tools they need for success in order to become the best possible versions of themselves. Along with employee formation, she shines in the service delivery support domain to continuously improve the process. Her 24 years of experience in IT Operations and Service Management help her create quality and efficiency at Difenda.
Having attended the Information Systems Management certificate program at Ryerson University, and with various other certifications to her credit, Lisa is perceptive and innovative when it comes to information technology, but also sensitive to the needs of her human constituents. Responsible for achieving the first privately owned company HDI Support Center certification in Canada, she has also designed and implemented Service Management excellence programs and 24×7 IT Operations departments for multiple IT organizations, and has created corporate rewards and recognition programs to keep her employees engaged and motivated.
On the personal side, Lisa passionately supports the cause of breast cancer research, having lost her mother to the disease. She reads voraciously in her spare time, and enjoys the art of home renovation. The summer months also bring time on her boat and exploring new hiking trails.
Miranda McCurdy uses her myriad super powers in all aspects of her job and personal life. As the Marketing Director at Difenda, Miranda McCurdy brings over a decade of experience to the table, which includes expertise in all facets of operations, brand management, and content marketing, as well as a multitude of successful strategies for the ever-expanding digital world. She is an expert at simplifying the message the company is trying to send, filling in gaps in the information, and strengthening the content in order to create compelling narratives that strengthen the brand and developing programs that bring teams together.
With several Addy Awards issued by the American Advertising Federation Cleveland to her credit, and her never say die attitude, Miranda understands both the broader picture and the minute details that are needed to successfully market a product. With her abilities to harness both the talent needed to spread the message, as well as to create the message itself, she is an integral cog in the company’s ability to communicate with customers and other stakeholders.
When she is not building a brand, she shares her ability to fill the gaps in her community by volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, the Special Olympics, and the Charleston Food Bank. In her spare time, Miranda spends time with her family, enjoys fitness and health, paddle boarding, reading, and arts and crafts.
Connections are the name of the game for Juliana Zaremba. As Strategic Partnerships Director, she is responsible for Difenda’s channel partnerships and the development and ownership of the channel partner program. She is also responsible for the global Microsoft Partnership, including the creation of strategic plans with MSFT contacts that will facilitate the continued growth of the business and establish certification and training protocols in all security technologies. Her role is multifaceted, as she acquires partners, manages relationships with them, and develops strategies that will provide cutting edge security solutions to our customer base. Another integral aspect of her job is to facilitate growth.
With a Bachelor’s in Math from the University of Waterloo and 14 years of experience from her previous roles at Herjavec Group and CDW, her cutting edge focus and ability to develop long-lasting relationships and strategies provides world class security solutions to our customer base.
Juliana thrives on connections outside of work as well. She is a philanthropist and contributor with Women4Change based in Hamilton. This group of local women is passionate about supporting local causes, and she focuses her efforts around Women in STEM. She is also a member of Club Italia in Niagara Falls and supports their youth events throughout the year.
When not managing the Microsoft Global partnership, Juliana enjoys reading, often reading several books at once. Juliana enjoys exploring the Niagara Escarpment with her family, as well as sharing meals and experiences with her extended family. Juliana’s competitive nature has her always trying new things, like Whoop band challenges and Peloton.
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