Happy Thanksgiving – A Message from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays. What is not to like? Good food, good time with family, cool weather, and college football. Also, there is no pressure associated with exchanging gifts. Although Black Friday is around the corner, I prefer to not partake in it, and I always let the glow that comes from the Thanksgiving Holiday permeate the whole weekend. 

Thanksgiving marks a time to show appreciation to all those that have helped us and made our lives a bit easier. While this holiday is traditionally celebrated in North America, the message of giving thanks and reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments is important in many more cultures around the world. It is always important to and take a step back to look at the joys in everyday life. First and foremost, I would like to thank the customers, partners, and employees of Ntirety for the amazing success we had in this past year despite the pandemic and all the turbulence that came with it. I personally am thankful for our partners and customers who have enabled us to continue to grow. Thanks to them, and our amazing team, we will only continue to reach new heights and remain as the premier Comprehensive Security Services provider. 

I hope that each of you get to spend the entire Thanksgiving weekend surrounded by family and friends, taking a well-deserved break. For our customers, partners, and members of the Ntirety team that are working this weekend, I am grateful for your dedication and drive. I extend a huge thanks to you for being there for all of us to enable us to take a break. During this Thanksgiving season, certainly thank your friends and family who are special to you, as well as others that may not be as close. Kindness and gratitude start one step at a time. Let’s spread the love and gratitude around.  

I am thankful for all of you!  

Happy Thanksgiving.

Thank You to Veterans Everywhere – A Remembrance Day and Veterans Day Message from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

November 11 is Remembrance Day in Canada and Veterans Day in the U.S.  Please join me in thanking all veterans everywhere for their service—an act of generosity that we can never repay.  To all those who have served, I would like to humbly express my deepest gratitude for your service.

Every November 11th, we celebrate both Veterans Day and Remembrance Day and in the USA and Canada to commemorate the end of WW1 in 1918. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, in 1918, the brutal fighting stopped in the First World War, but not after 15 Million people died in that brutal war, 6 million of them being Allied soldiers.   That day is known as Armistice Day, and still celebrated by all the Ally nations that fought and won the first World War. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time in the U.S. with President Wilson proclaiming that the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” A similar action was taken by the Canadian Parliament sometime later.  Although the U.S. and Canada fought on the winning side, celebration of victory was replaced by solemn commemoration, and a sense that the countries owed a collective national debt to the ordinary soldiers who had lost their lives in battle.  Therefore, now every November 11th, we celebrate both Veterans Day and Remembrance Day and in the USA and Canada respectfully.

 

A special thanks to all of our partners, customers, and employees who are veterans, and to all veterans in both the U.S. and Canada who have sacrificed so much.  We honor you today, and every day.

 

Have a blessed day.

IoT Devices May Not Be the ‘Smart’ Choice

Tis the season to start hunting for the latest and greatest gifts, and smart technology is making just about anything, from homewares to exercise equipment, hot ticket tech toys. Are these smart devices on your shopping list this holiday? Buyer beware – there’s often not any consumer warnings about the cybersecurity risks these new IoT toys can bring. 

Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh has done deep dives into the potential hazards of smart mirrors in his article Mirror, Mirror On The Wall and the very real consequences of IoT cyber-attacks in Peloton Breach Reveals a Coming IoT Data Winter both published in Forbes.  

Mirror, Mirror On The Wall and Peloton Breach Reveals a Coming IoT Data Winter 

Recently, attacks against Internet of Things (IoT) systems have emerged. With the technology in billions of everyday items, the scope of these attacks is worrisome. Because the migration to Internet-everything is unstoppable, we’ll be seeing these security incidents for a long time unless we adjust course quickly. 

The financial motive to add Web features to every device known to mankind is clear. It seems everyone wants to be on the Web, uploading data from their bicycles, sprinkler systems, refrigerator energy consumption, and just about everything you can possibly think of.  

Consumers accept risks, sometimes unknowingly, because many assume that the worst-case scenario will not happen to them or affect them significantly. 

The Peloton Breach 

That leads us to the breach of Peloton, the at-home connected fitness equipment company. A security researcher discovered an open unauthenticated API in Peloton bikes and treadmills, which revealed an open channel to information about users such as age, weight, gender, workout statistics, and birthdays. A significant amount of scrutiny has fallen on Peloton, which made a mess of remediation communications and deadlines. It appears that this is just the beginning of issues to come, as more items from the physical world come online, handling sensitive information that few people think about protecting until it is too late. 

In the wake of consumerized products from all walks of life, IoT systems and online accounts are under significant threat. It does not matter what the product is. An increasing number of smart camera platforms are being targeted by thieves. At risk are privacy, security, and the risk of fraud, and criminal gangs are exploiting the spoils of data to their merciless benefit. 

The Smart Mirror 

A recent story getting a lot of attention involves an interconnected “smart mirror.” With a price tag of $1,495, this mirror provides tips, suggestions, can set and keep progress on fitness goals, as well as delivering streaming workout classes. The company was picked up by the sportswear giant Lululemon for $500 million last year. Under the home exercise boom precipitated by the global pandemic, the product could be finding a mainstream groove. Reviews for the new product are trending well on the positive side and Lululemon appears to have a rare winning omnichannel marketing vehicle to pin onto their main product lines. 

Clothing and marketing retailers, like Lululemon, wield a fine history of supply chain, retail, and e-commerce experience, but a device with this kind of technology introduces challenging privacy and security concerns for the consumer and the company. 

Can IoT Be Slowed? Should It? 

Once upon a time, distributed alternating current electricity was the next new thing. Electricity, lighting, and motors were added to every item available at the time. Therefore, people no longer had to crank record players, grind coffee beans by hand, or shine shoes with a pile of rags. What it meant to consumers was that convenience and functionality were clear winners. With IoT, we’re seeing a parallel application of the Web to real-world things, but with additional variables of security and privacy concerns. Consumers seem to be unable to resist these features, and the ecosystem continues its stratospheric growth. 

What many consumers don’t seem to realize is that consumer products companies are in the business of selling the products they make. They are not in the business of securing our information. If history is any indication, they have failed at protecting personal information as their products connect to billions of endpoints in your kitchen, your garage, your bedroom, and every place you live your life. 

Considering factors such as the growth of the market, continual cybersecurity threats, and financial motivations driven by successful compromises, we can expect to see more information losses, even in places thought to be safe. Worse, threats once affected only digital things, but IoT drops the cyber realm directly in the middle of our physical world. Attacks against data can be attacks against critical systems, human beings, resources, and the world around us. 

Even the smallest bits of leaked data can be enough to compose purpose-built phishing attacks or be stacked into significant waves of fraud. Unfortunately, it will take an unknown event of significant scale or personal financial impact for users to collectively wise up and demand more security from the market. 

The Need for Strict Security and Privacy Standards

Proper use of privacy settings, privacy protocols, and comprehensive security tools are an absolute necessity. Companies must be held accountable when there are significant variances, misuse of data or violations of trust. Privacy regulations in Europe, California, and Texas have done their share to elevate the element of privacy to the forefront of discussion, but it may not be enough. Certain compliance measures also demand the ability for individuals to select their privacy settings of choice. 

Protection is Comprehensive 

Companies and individuals should embrace a security-first strategy that prevents unauthorized access by enabling a comprehensive security and compliance approach to technology implementations. Outlined by outside and organization-driven compliance, an organization can achieve compliant comprehensive security with the tooling of: 

  • Strong authentication 
  •  Strong privacy rules 
  •  Third-party monitoring and validation 
  • End-to-end encryption from the user device down to the database, application, and systems 
  • Roles-based access to data and systems 
  • Data classifications 

 This is a list that goes on and on, tracking highly to the mission, capabilities, and parameters of each organization that ventures into comprehensive security. 

Proactively Protect 

Don’t let these risks make you cross the latest smart devices off your wish list— work with experts to learn how to always be proactive when it comes to protecting your data. Practicing good cybersecurity hygiene isn’t just a priority for the holidays – schedule a Security Assessment any time of the year to strength your security posture (but don’t wait til it’s too late!)

 

A Happy Labor Day Message from Ntirety CEO

A Happy Labor Day Message from Ntirety CEO

I hope every one of our clients, partners, and team members had a safe and happy holiday weekend.

I encourage we all pause for a moment to be grateful and reflect on what our labor and hard work mean to Ntirety, clients, and partners this past year. This summer, some of us have had a chance to get away from work, away from video conferences, away from the news, and spend meaningful time with our extended families and friends for the first time in a year. Let’s be thankful for all that has gone right for our teams and our community in the past year.

I personally reflected this past Labor Day on the tremendous progress we have all made as a company and a Compliant Security partner in one year. To me, it was a day where I get to express my sincere gratitude for each of our team members’ very hard work that got us where we are and the growth and transformation throughout the company. That brings warmth to my heart.

So Labor Day and beyond, let’s give thanks, let’s be grateful for what we’ve got and where we are going together – teams, clients, partners, and community.

Emil Sayegh
Ntirety CEO

Happy Independence Day! A Message from Ntirety CEO

On behalf of everyone at Ntirety, I want to take a moment and wish everyone a happy and safe Fourth of July.

The Fourth of July – also known as Independence Day – has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941, but the tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the American Revolution. As we celebrate the 245th anniversary of the founding of the United States of America, we continue to have much to appreciate – the sheer beauty of our country, our cultural diversity, freedom of speech and religion, our generosity, our entrepreneurial spirit, and our constant guard for democracy at home and abroad.

While we certainly have work to do as a nation to be inclusive of all members of society, the Fourth of July provides an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the true meaning of our citizenship. As an immigrant to the US, to me, to be American is about so much more than simply a place that I call home. It is about a deeply felt commitment to the much higher principles of liberty, freedom, self-governance, and equality for all. On that note, I would like to take a moment to thank those who are currently serving or have served in our armed forces for their sacrifices to protect our nation.

I hope you will be spending part of the July 4th holiday celebrating our nation’s birthday with family and friends. I hope you are enjoying this great holiday and spending this well-deserved break with your families and friends. For those that are working over the holiday weekend in supporting our customers, big thank you! May you and your family enjoy a Fourth of July holiday filled with thankfulness and gratitude for living in this great nation of opportunity, promise, and hope.

Happy Father’s Day! A Message from Ntirety CEO

Happy Father’s Day! A Message from Ntirety CEO

On the occasion of Father’s Day today, I would like to wish a wonderful day to all the amazing Fathers and Father figures at Ntirety and NetNation. I hope you have a memorable day with your family, fathers, grandfathers, children, and even grandchildren.

Fathers are often the first teachers and also the toughest critics who inspire us to do better. As we all pause and take the time to celebrate Father’s Day, I wish to take this opportunity to recognize all of the fathers at Ntirety and NetNation who are not only dedicated employees working hard to provide for their families, but are also dedicated fathers, shaping the minds and futures of the next generation. Please join me today in honoring and celebrating all fathers past and present who inspire us to build on their legacy of hard work, model their strength and love for family.

I sincerely hope you all enjoy this special Father’s day weekend with your loved ones, complete with wonderful memories, as I am planning to do with my family today. Make sure to not forget to reach out to your dad or other father figures in your life. If departed, make sure to say a prayer, and thanking them for shaping you for who you are.

Have a blessed Father’s day everyone.

Remember and Honor – A Memorial Day Message from Ntirety CEO

Remember and Honor – A Memorial Day Message from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

Memorial Day is held high as a holiday in the US, showing respect to the ones who did not come home from service and those who have given their lives during military service to our country.

Since 1900, more than 35 million men and women have served and more than half a million of them gave their lives in the cause of freedom, liberty, and justice. While the arguments for and against past conflict and military intervention justifiably persist, the need to defend our freedoms will continue in order to keep the flame of this great American Experiment burning bright for many generations to come. Our Declaration of Independence has been copied by emerging nations around the globe, with its themes adopted by freedom-loving people in faraway places.

On this Memorial Day weekend, Ntirety remembers the brave who lost their lives defending our ideals. Current, former, and fallen members of America’s military deserve our continued thanks and gratitude, today and every day. These heroes among us have stepped up to answer the call of duty in the face of great danger, many of them serving in conflict zones.

To those of you who have family and friends who are veterans that have lost their lives defending this great land, I am deeply grateful. To those of you who have served and have family members who serve or have served in our armed forces, thank you from the depth of our heart.

I wish you all a blessed and safe Memorial Day weekend.

A Mother’s Day Message from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

Happy Mother’s Day from Ntirety

On Sunday, May 9th, we celebrated Mother’s Day in North America. Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in March or May.

Being a mother is arguably one of the most rewarding — but difficult — jobs in the world. Whether it’s providing guidance, financial support, nourishment, safety, spiritual guidance, or just unconditional love…Moms are usually the people who encourage us to become our best selves.

This Mother’s Day, I’d like to acknowledge and thank all the hard-working moms out there in the world, and especially in the Ntirety and NetNation families who have given so much to their children, families, and communities.

Before the day is over, let’s all please call all the maternal figures in our lives. Tell them how much they mean to us. It will mean the world to them, and honestly… most of us don’t verbally express our appreciation nearly enough. If your mom is in heaven (like mine), send her good thoughts today and say a prayer.

A sincere thank you to each and every Mom. Have a great Mother’s Day!

A Holiday Message of Gratitude from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

A Holiday Message of Gratitude from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

Here we are at the end of 2020 already and my hope is that each and every one has had a good year despite all the uncertainties that have rocked this year. Even though it has been a year full of unexpected twists and turns, the holiday season is still a joyful time for food, family, friends, and introspection for all the things we are thankful for.

On behalf of myself and everyone at Ntirety, I want to wish you and your families a wonderful holiday filled with great traditions, even if they may look and feel a little bit different this year. The spirit of the season is within each of us, and if 2020 has proven anything, it is that we are all innovative in times of need. We have much to look forward to in 2021 as a company, an industry, and society.

I’d also like to recognize and personally thank our extraordinary team here at Ntirety that ensures our clients’ IT systems are up, running, secure, and compliant 24x7x365. If you need to reach our support team at any time over the holidays, please don’t hesitate to reach out using our website’s LiveChat feature or by visiting our Support page.

Above all, I want to express my gratitude to every client, partner, and team member that has helped make a positive impact in 2020. I look forward to our progress all working together in the coming year.

Thank you again and I wish you and yours a Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Emil Sayegh
President & CEO

A Thanksgiving Message from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

A Thanksgiving Message from Ntirety CEO Emil Sayegh

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US, even if it is not like prior years, I want to extend my thanks to all our clients, partners, and the Ntirety team around the world. While the Thanksgiving holiday is officially celebrated in North America, I believe the universal message of thanks and gratitude transcends cultures, especially in these pandemic circumstances. My deepest appreciation goes out to our employees, customers, and partners especially after a turbulent and trying year. Despite all the turmoil surrounding us, we made momentous strides forward by working together for better outcomes for our customers.

Thanksgiving is a time for reflecting on what has passed and being thankful for customers, partners, colleagues, friends, and family – even if we cannot be with all of them this year. It is also a time for planning for next year. We have great plans for the year ahead and to that I am very thankful as well!

For all our clients, partners, and team members in the US, we hope you get to enjoy your family and friends this Thanksgiving even if you can’t be with all of them physically. For those that are working this weekend, like healthcare workers and essential workers on the Ntirety team, I want to say THANK YOU! I am so grateful to see what we have been able to achieve together this year, and looking forward with optimism to a prosperous 2021.

Thank you,
Emil Sayegh
Ntirety CEO & President