"Attorney and former CIO team up on new Albany region cybersecurity business"

By Justin Dawes – Reporter, Albany Business Review

Jan 5, 2021

Jacqueline Goralczyk, Partner at DeAngelus Goralczyk, PLLC and Rick Cobello, former CISO for Temporary and Disability Assistance recently formed Global Cybersecurity Solutions, LLC. The business will operate in the Capital District and serve small to medium sized business both locally and nationally. SMB’s have one of the greatest needs for secure access and protection of company information. If a small business is breached it could result in the end of operations for that business. Global Cybersecurity Solutions will use industry processes and tools to evaluate business operations and produce the “Cybersecurity Playbook”. The business will also focus on incident management, response, and remediation.

“There are larger cybersecurity organizations that focus specifically on larger enterprise size businesses. There has been a gap in offering cybersecurity services to smaller businesses and we hope to fill that gap”, Goralczyk said.

Jacki is a graduate of Albany Law School with a concentration in Business Law and an LL.M. in Cybersecurity and Data Privacy. Jacki had focused her law practice on residential and commercial real estate and first became interested in cybersecurity when she saw the amount of cyber-crime specifically targeted at real estate transactions and the financial services sector. It also became clear that there was a need for this type of service for law firms themselves given the increased duty of care surrounding client data.

Cobello’s career has an in-depth mix of commercial and government experience in addition to CISO for a state agency. He was CIO for Schenectady County for many years and held various Global IT roles at GE over 15 years.

Goralczyk took a master’s-level cybersecurity class that Cobello was teaching at Albany Law School. Later, Goralczyk was an instructor with Cobello for “Supply Chains and Cybersecurity”. This collaboration led to a discuss merge their unique skill areas and form Global Cybersecurity Solutions LLC.

Global Cybersecurity Solutions will offer an in depth process to provide a baseline for cyber and data security. The firm will provide the “GCS Playbook” for each business to offer solutions and remediation plans. If clients needs hardware or software solutions , GCS will partner with Capital District providers.

“We want to offer an attainable service for businesses. Given the cybercrime landscape and increased legislation targeted at consumer privacy, businesses should not operate without a cybersecurity plan in place. That plan should not only focus on IT, it should incorporate physical security, technical security and employee training.” Goralczyk said.

“Although GCS will operate separate from the law firm, an added benefit of the collaboration is that there will be attorneys available at the Firm that will be able to work with clients when they have legal compliance and reporting needs,” Goralczyk said. “This is critical for SMB’s with state and local government relationships as well as financial services companies that fall under the Department of Financial Services regulations. Those companies will have certification deadlines approaching in the Spring and if they don’t have a cybersecurity plan in place already, now is the time.

LINK to Albany Business Review: https://www.bizjournals.com/albany/news/2021/01/05/global-cybersecurity-solutions.html

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