In the age of digital interconnectedness, the importance of cybersecurity cannot be overstated. Yet, many small businesses still regard it as a superfluous perk. Enter Matt Strusinski, the owner and founder of Oviedo Cybersecurity Consulting LLC, who knows that cybersecurity is not a dispensable option; it's a necessity.
Matt is not new to the realm of tech and cybersecurity. His journey commenced with the US Navy, where he served as an avionics technician from 2006 to 2011. Following an honorable discharge, he joined the Air National Guard in 2013, honing his skills in cyber operations. Matt’s extensive experience, which encompasses supporting IT systems for the Department of Defense and defense contractor corporations, has made him well-acquainted with the most sophisticated and determined cyberthreats globally. Additionally, Matt’s practical experience is supported by a B.Sc. in cybersecurity, magna cum laude, from American Public University and he is pursuing an M.Sc. in information security and assurance at Carnegie Mellon University, both programs boast accreditations from both NSA and DHS.
Spotting the critical gap in the market, Matt founded Oviedo Cybersecurity Consulting LLC in August 2022. Based in Central Florida, the company serves clients not just locally, but also extends its reach to Canada and other countries, and while they cater to organizations of all sizes, their primary focus is on making cybersecurity relatable and affordable for small businesses.
"Oviedo is a small business with the might of the largest, most powerful cybersecurity companies in the world. We have a direct line to the heaviest hitters in research and implementation in cybersecurity," remarks Matt. The company's partnerships with giants in the cybersecurity realm allow them to offer top-tier products and services, making them a trusted advisor to their growing clientele.
The digital era brings along vast opportunities, but with it come risks that businesses, regardless of size, cannot afford to ignore. As the world continues to experience an upsurge in cyberattacks, it's high time small businesses shift their perception and treat cybersecurity as the imperative it truly is. And with firms like Oviedo Cybersecurity Consulting LLC leading the charge, they're in capable hands.
We spoke with Matt to learn more about what makes Oviedo Cybersecurity Consulting LLC unique and how they are evolving ahead of cybercrime to protect small business owners.
Why did you establish Oviedo Cybersecurity Consulting LLC?
I believe every business, agency, organization, and individual has the right to operate in a secure environment—fully aware of, and equipped to handle, cybersecurity risks. Cybersecurity shouldn't be a privilege exclusive to large corporations. I founded the company to provide small businesses with affordable protection and to serve as their guide along their cybersecurity journey.
What services does Oviedo offer?
Business owners often realize the need for cybersecurity, but are unsure about specifics. I assist them in navigating this realm, understanding their needs, goals, and budgets. Oviedo offers comprehensive and affordable cybersecurity solutions coupled with personalized consulting. We go beyond merely providing platforms; we offer round-the-clock human monitoring. Unlike larger firms where assistance may be slow, I can directly reach service engineers for immediate solutions.
How does Oviedo stand out in the cybersecurity landscape?
While many firms offer an all-or-nothing package, Oviedo crafts a tailored roadmap for each client. We prioritize understanding over mere service provision. Many companies end up with complex systems that don’t truly serve their needs because of the profit-centric approach of their cybersecurity providers. At Oviedo, we streamline, customize, and even help businesses tap into new revenue opportunities.
Is cybercrime more prevalent than commonly perceived?
Cybersecurity often conjures images of nefarious hackers. However, the reality is closer to the "smash-and-grab" style of theft that retailers experience. Cybercrimes often go unreported, creating a false sense of security among small businesses. These crimes, ranging from data breaches to financial theft, are subtle and can go undetected for months. The sophistication and frequency of cybercrimes are on the rise, and small businesses often lack the resources to identify and counter them.
What's a common misconception about cybersecurity among small businesses?
A recurring sentiment I encounter is, "We're too small to be targeted." Just as businesses hire professionals for specific needs, cybersecurity demands expertise. Neglecting this can lead to disruptions, from paying fraudulent invoices to ransomware attacks holding companies hostage for vast sums. The importance of cybersecurity extends beyond mere protection; it’s about ensuring seamless business operations.
Lastly, Matt, what do you enjoy most about your work? What drives you?
Curiosity drives me. I have an insatiable thirst for delving deeper into concepts. No two client requests are ever the same, which means I'm constantly exploring varied and evolving dimensions. What truly invigorates me is the challenge—approaching every task with full vigor, aiming for outstanding results. Ultimately, it's about exceeding client expectations and relishing the thrill of new challenges.
Owner and Founder
Oviedo Cybersecurity Consulting LLC