One Stone

Merit Now Offering Managed Security Services

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ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Merit Network, in partnership with ChoiceTel/ChoiceCyber, is bringing the OneStone Information Assurance Portal to Michigan for Merit’s Members. Developed by Seccuris, OneStone is a managed security service that provides reliable 24×7 threat monitoring, vulnerability management, business risk assessments, asset classification and tracking, and comprehensive reporting. Merit’s agreement with Seccuris continues its commitment to a strong portfolio of cybersecurity services for its Members.
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Backed by a 24-hour Security Operations Center, OneStone will help Merit Members make effective risk-based decisions without the costs of maintaining a 24×7 in-house security department, including staffing, training, maintenance and infrastructure.

“Managing risk from cyber attacks is something we all struggle with,” said Don Welch, president and CEO of Merit Network. “Seccuris will be a great partner for Merit and our Members.”

“With a new world of evolving global cybercrimes invading almost every level of our lives, strategic business partnerships are imperative to provide the most effective security solutions,” said ChoiceTel President Diane Smith. “That’s why the synergies represented between Merit, Seccuris and ChoiceCyber will reap innumerous advantages for the Merit community.”

Educational institutions and non-profit organizations face cybersecurity threats daily. With OneStone, IT staff can take a proactive approach to managing their organization’s IT security posture. The service provides a detailed dashboard and real-time reports that identify, quantify and prioritize information security strengths and weaknesses of a computing environment, providing users with an action plan to reduce the risk of serious consequences.

Utilizing Seccuris’ advanced security information and event management technology, and supported by a team of highly-trained security professionals and analysts, OneStone protects against external and internal threats through reliable 24×7 remote monitoring and security management that’s easy to deploy and provides immediate benefits. It guards against increasingly sophisticated cyber threats and keeps organizations compliant with rapidly changing industry and government regulations.

“We’re very excited to work with Merit to provide proven, integrated cybersecurity solutions to educational and non-profit organizations throughout Michigan,” said Patrick Hayes, managing director for Seccuris. “ChoiceTel and Seccuris have built a strong reputation for quality service delivery and client care. This alliance with Merit further demonstrates our companies’ commitment to the well-being of the people we serve.”

“Merit is adding cybersecurity services that can make a big impact to our Membership, and Seccuris’ OneStone is a great addition to our portfolio.” said David Dennis, director of product and software development at Merit Network. “The need in the public sector community is significant, and we will continue to seek out solutions that represent the best fit and value.”

If you are interested in deploying Seccuris’ managed security services for your organization, please contact Merit at [email protected] or 734-527-5785.

About Merit Network

Merit Network, Inc. is a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities. Merit owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking and IT solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information: www.merit.edu

About Seccuris

Seccuris is the North American leader in Enterprise Security Architecture and Information Assurance Integration. Since 1999, the firm has been helping clients with business-driven security solutions through consulting, risk management, managed security services, and training. Seccuris is the unique alternative because it assesses each client’s security needs in relation to their entire enterprise, not just their technology, and then tailors a program that will help them make effective risk-based decisions at every level. Seccuris helps protect companies when and where they need it most. To learn more, visit www.seccuris.com.

About ChoiceTel

ChoiceTel is a leading technology solutions consultant. Since 1994, ChoiceTel has been dedicated to providing solutions to companies in order to make the most of today’s technologies. ChoiceCyber, a division of ChoiceTel, specializes in the development and management of organizations’ security and risk management initiatives. ChoiceTel recommends and supports solutions tailored to their clients’ requirements, from negotiating contracts to assisting in securing businesses from cybercrimes. For more information, visit www.choicetel.com.



For press/media contact:

Pierrette Templeton
Merit Network, Inc.
Phone: (734)527-5734
Email: [email protected]