Dr. Rob McFeely, Director
World-famous business tycoon Richard Branson once said, “A big business starts small.” How does this quote, originally written to be motivational, help perpetuate an idea in the realm of enterprise security? The answer lies in the fact that every company is at risk of a cyberattack from internal and external sources. Especially today, when technology has advanced to the extent that all a cybercriminal has to do is run a program online and activate automated bots that hack businesses, a resilient cybersecurity posture is more a necessity than ever before. “All they look for are doors into a system to steal money or data and conduct fraudulent activities,” adds Dr. Rob McFeely, a cybersecurity expert and SaaS leader with many years of experience in the field.
Having said that, acquiring best-in-breed cybersecurity solutions is an expensive affair, and the gap between a cost-effective solution and complete cyber-resilience remains larger than ever. Fulfilling this gap for SMEs and enterprises alike is Octiga, an organization that specializes in robust, cloud-based, and affordable automated cybersecurity solutions. “Our ultimate objective is to deliver an automated cybersecurity solution that helps SMEs prevent and monitor for breaches, and meet compliance requirements without requiring any in-house technical expertise,” says Dr. Rob McFeely, who is also the Product Director at Octiga.
A Pedestal for Microsoft Office 365
Based out of Galway, Octiga was founded in 2018 with a fairly straightforward vision to drive innovation for SMEs and breakdown imposing barriers. However, securing one little piece of an organisation is not enough. Thus, the founders decided to begin with protecting one of the most critical resources of a business: Microsoft Office 365. “Office 365 has a huge market share and spans a significant amount of an enterprise; it covers emailing, communications, file storage and sharing, and many more. While Microsoft Office 365 forms the central nervous system of businesses, it also exposes the largest risks on the surface,” explains Dr. McFeely.
With the goal to better serve smaller companies with cost-effective, quick-to-implement, and simple-to-use solutions, the company came up with a comprehensive suite of security software for Microsoft Office 365. Moreover, according to the Product Director, as he began to educate himself on Microsoft Office 365 security and compliance protocols, he found a lot of complexity in both the configuration settings and the implementation of those settings. He had to work a myriad of pulleys and switches (often with programming code) to configure it in a manner that best resonated with him, and Octiga’s work culture. This further solidified the company’s confidence in designing and developing its easy-to-use solutions for SMEs across the globe.
A Trifecta of Security Solutions
The company’s security suite of solutions includes three intuitive modules that simplify the intricacies of cybersecurity and help secure users ‘in clicks, not weeks.’ The three modules come together to complete an SMEs continuing security journey.
Octiga Prevent is an easy to use and guided risk analysis and remediation dashboard. It scans an Organisations Office 365 tenant to highlight and alert users to risky configurations.
Our ultimate objective is to deliver an automated and affordable cybersecurity solution that helps SMEs prevent breaches and meet compliance requirements without requiring any in-house technical expertise
It then navigates users through a series of tailored best practices to fix the issues, bolster security and work in an altogether risk-free environment. Additionally, all risk remediations (fixes) are done in the Octiga App itself, this coupled with its one-click onboarding and no local installation requirements, ensures that Octiga achieves time-to-value for maximum convenience.
Octiga Detect allows users to simply stay focused on their primary responsibilities without worrying about manually configuring Office 365 to stave off any threats. The software continually monitors all activity in the customers environment. It notifies administrators of not only suspicious user activity but also changes to security configurations which may be leaving you more at risk. With a speedy alerts system in place, the company helps clients act quickly, appropriately, and efficiently.
Finally, the Octiga Recover module supports users who suspect that any of their Office 365 accounts have been compromised by analyzing telltale signs such as past activity or mailbox nuances, cleaning the system of all unauthorised access with additional options to prevent any recurrence.
Overhauling Microsoft Office 365 with Unimpeded Security
Octiga goes the extra mile and helps clients by educating them on cybersecurity and how they can implement various methods to strengthen their defences – as a result, the company stands tall as a partner of choice for many. To address an organisation’s internal threats, Dr. McFeely and his team have invested significant time in creating a simple user experience which guides clients to safely configure and operate their accounts in way that is tailored for their unique business. Furthermore Octiga provide concierge security consulting sessions as part of their service to maximise its potential and ensure effective implementation of security standards. With the aid of Octiga, SMEs can experience an enhanced version of Microsoft Office 365, where security is of no concern. The company focuses on the distillation and simplification of complex security prerequisites to the extent that even the non-technical staff, or those who do not specialize in security, can address various risks with maximum efficiency. “The ability to quickly, effectively and affordably prevent, detect and recover from cyber-attacks—that is how Octiga sets itself apart from the competition,” expresses McFeely.
Having received a slew of positive feedback from its early adopters, Octiga’s products prove to be some of the most efficient and cost-effective cybersecurity solutions in the market today. The company’s resourcefulness, currently catering to an SME’s Microsoft Office 365 needs, does not stop just there. It constantly strives to help clients break down the barriers of procuring the best security practices, implementing them with ease, at reasonable costs. Moving forward, Octiga intends to improve on its software and better understand the needs of its clients in an ever-evolving environment. The company is currently focusing on its outreach to onboard new clients while educating businesses on the best ways to manage their enterprise security. Dr. McFeely plans on learning, listening to growing market needs, and understanding the various opportunities the company can seize. “Because increasing security adoption for SMEs is our raison d’etre,” concludes Dr. McFeely.