Security Program Overview (SPO)
Security Solutions for Government Agencies & Contractors
The cybersecurity needs of government agencies and contractors are generally more specialized and require greater attention to detail than typical businesses. Emagined has helped numerous companies implement robust security controls, conduct regular assessments, and provide ongoing employee training and education to help mitigate risks.
Government agencies and contractors often handle highly sensitive data related to national security and intelligence. As a result, cybersecurity risks can have significant national security implications.
Government agencies and contractors are subject to strict regulatory requirements related to data protection, privacy, and compliance with federal laws and policies.
Supply Chain Security
Government contractors often work with numerous subcontractors and suppliers, which can introduce additional cybersecurity risks and require greater diligence in managing the supply chain.
Government agencies and contractors often have complex and highly interconnected IT systems that are critical to their operations, making cybersecurity threats and breaches more complex and difficult to manage.
Government agencies and contractors are often targeted by nation-state actors and other advanced persistent threats (APTs), which require more advanced cybersecurity defenses and threat intelligence capabilities.
Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
FISMA requires federal agencies to develop, implement, and maintain information security programs that meet specific standards and guidelines. This includes conducting regular risk assessments, implementing security controls, monitoring systems for vulnerabilities and threats, and reporting incidents to the appropriate authorities. Compliance with FISMA helps ensure that federal agencies are protecting sensitive government data and mitigating cybersecurity risks.
Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)
FedRAMP provides a standardized approach to security assessment, authorization, and continuous monitoring for cloud products and services used by federal agencies. This includes evaluating security controls, conducting penetration testing, and undergoing regular audits and assessments to ensure compliance with federal security standards. Compliance with FedRAMP is required for federal agencies that use cloud-based services to store and process sensitive government data.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework
The NIST Cybersecurity Framework provides a set of guidelines and best practices for managing and reducing cybersecurity risk. It includes five core functions: identify, protect, detect, respond, and recover, and provides guidance on specific security controls and practices to implement within each function. Compliance with the NIST Cybersecurity Framework is not mandatory, but it is widely adopted by government agencies and contractors as a best practice for cybersecurity risk management.
Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC)
DFARS requires contractors to meet specific cybersecurity standards and undergo regular audits and assessments to ensure compliance. The CMMC is a certification program that assesses the cybersecurity maturity of contractors and assigns a level of certification based on their compliance with specific security controls and practices. Compliance with DFARS and CMMC is required for contractors that work with the Department of Defense (DoD) and handle sensitive DoD data.
Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS)
PCI DSS applies to government agencies and contractors that handle credit card data and requires compliance with specific security controls to protect against data breaches and theft. This includes implementing firewalls, encrypting data, and regularly testing systems for vulnerabilities. Compliance with PCI DSS is required for any organization that processes, stores, or transmits credit card data.
How We Can Help:
A Proven Methodology
We use a simple, easy-to-follow process to address security program creation and maturity within Government Agencies & Contractors using our own methodology that walks cybersecurity professionals through all of the KEY processes of building and maturing a security program.
There are three high-level phases:
Current State: Knowing your current security posture.
Target State: Defining your desired (and required) security posture.
Integrate: How you bridge the gaps between your current and target state to get the biggest return on your security efforts.
We found that there is a “clear path”, a best way of doing things, and an order and organizational aspect that maximizes the impact of your security efforts. With over 1000 projects across 57 industries, we’ve found that it just works!
Services for Government Agencies and Contractors
Security Program Overview
At the beginning of the engagement period, Emagined Security will assess your current security posture and make recommendations to attain your security goals. This effort will be designed to measure security program and present accepted risk levels to determine and budgets to determine if they are appropriately balanced.
Regularly conduct penetration testing and vulnerability assessments to identify weaknesses in your cybersecurity program. This will help you to address these weaknesses before they can be exploited by cyber attackers.
Governance & Compliance Strategy
Emagined Security will conduct support strategy sessions to provide ongoing guidance on areas that your organization should focus on improvements.
Regularly monitor your network for unusual activity and unauthorized access. This can be done through the use of security information and event management (SIEM) systems.
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