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2018-10-18 / Lifestyles

Former FBI agent creates cyber-risk mitigation startup company

NICHOLAS KONOTOPSKYJ
Reporter

GlobalSecurityIQ is located at the Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. To learn more about the company, visit www.globalsecurityiq.com or email info@globalsecurityiq.com.GlobalSecurityIQ is located at the Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. To learn more about the company, visit www.globalsecurityiq.com or email info@globalsecurityiq.com.
When Holly Hubert decided to retire from the FBI last year, she knew that she wanted to start her own company. Hubert used her cybersecurity background to launch GlobalSecurityIQ, which is located at the Baird Research Park, 1576 Sweet Home Road, Amherst. “I retired in May of 2017 after 25 years in the FBI,” Hubert said. “I always wanted my own business, so it seemed like a natural transition. Throughout my time working with the bureau, two of the programs I worked extensively were cybercrime and digital forensics. In retirement, it seemed natural to bring my cyber and IT background together with the security experience. I was also very fortunate to develop a partnership with [the University at Buffalo], and my company is part of the [Start-Up NY] Initiative.”


Holly Hubert, CEO of GlobalSecurityIQ at the company headquarters. This cyber-risk mitigation firm was started by Hubert a little more than a year ago and has a staff of eight people. Holly Hubert, CEO of GlobalSecurityIQ at the company headquarters. This cyber-risk mitigation firm was started by Hubert a little more than a year ago and has a staff of eight people. GlobalSecurityIQ has been in place for a little more than a year and now employs eight people, including several graduates from the University at Buffalo.

“I think I’m lucky to be in a space that people really need,” Hubert said. “It’s a very dynamic, ever-changing business, and we have a service that every company needs. We help organizations harden their cybersecurity posture and keep bad actors out. Companies might not understand that they really need cybersecurity expertise in their organization, and when they get victimized, we are here to help. I love being able to help companies right here in Western New York.”

According to Hubert, most of the company’s clients are in Western New York and are East Coast-based. She feels as though her business is perfect for just about any organization because roughly 85 to 90 percent of all breaches, or intrusions, are preventable.

“In a perfect world, what we aim to do is go into an organization and do a very comprehensive cybersecurity risk assessment and identify all of the threats and vulnerabilities before helping those organizations mitigate those threats,” Hubert said. “At our core, we are a cyber-risk-mitigation company, and I tell everyone that owns a business that your best defense is a strong offense.”

Hubert started working for the FBI in 1992 in the New Orleans Division. She worked with drugs, gangs, violence, kidnappings and violent crimes for seven and a half years. She came back to Buffalo in 1999 and worked in counterintelligence. She founded the first cybersquad in the Buffalo FBI office, which focused on computer intrusions, crimes against children and internet frauds.

Hubert secured federal funding for the FBI Laboratory Division affiliated Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory, which is one of only 17 FBI Laboratory Division facilities in the country.

After working at the FBI headquarters, she returned to Buffalo to conclude her career in the FBI as assistant special agent in charge, where she had oversight of all of its criminal, cyber and terrorism programs.

Looking ahead, Hubert said GlobalSecurityIQ will be formally launching a cyber testing platform, otherwise known as phishing testing, later this year. She talked about what that will look like for area businesses that participate.

“We can actually send simulated phishing emails to an organization and test employees,” Hubert said. “For example, if an employee clicks on a suspicious link or attachment, a learning box will pop up and inform the user that it is a training event. When you test employees, it really anchors down that learning, and they will fully understand what suspicious links and overall emails will look like.”

Hubert holds a Bachelor of Science degree in information technology from Buffalo State College. She also obtained a Master of Arts degree in communication and leadership from Canisius College.

She has the following certifications: Information Systems Security Professional, Information Security Manager, Governance of Enterprise IT and Risk and Information Systems Control.

For more information on GlobalSecurityIQ, visit www.globalsecurityiq.com, call 475-9455 or email info@globalsecurityiq.com. The website, phone number and email address are monitored 24 hours per day, seven days per week.

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