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Like many of our clients, if you are heading into your audit season or just looking forward to building a stronger, more efficient security program based on the alarming and increasing trend in ransomware attacks and data breaches, then CyberOne can help. CyberOne engages your people, processes, and technology to build a culture of risk. From good governance to understanding your gaps and putting your risk data to work to make decisions that benefit the business, CyberOne is a single source of truth for your company to govern, protect, and build.
When we discuss compliance with our customers, we always encourage you to start the compliance journey by, first, understanding your risks. Before you take your auditor’s IRL and simply build controls against it, first, decide whether your company has risk in that area. Where there is no risk, there is likely no need for a control. By adopting this approach, you can quickly tailor the scope of your audit to what is relevant to your company only. Our clients estimate that this approach has helped reduce audit time and costs by 30%. You can read about what our clients say about us here on Capterra.
You can build your risk register and manage findings from all your different sources – compliance review, vulnerability scans, pen test, audits, assessments, more. Use our API integration with Nexpose, Nessus, Qualys, AWS, Microsoft to pull your data into CyberOne, and push out the workflow with our own automated notification process, or through Slack or Jira (Engineers love us!). Ultimately, you will see how easy it is to scale and build a security governance, risk and compliance program in CyberOne that is based on your company’s priorities, needs, and objectives. And, we have experts to support you every step of the way.
Start today with our free risk assessment. You can choose from ISO 27001, SOC 2, CMMC, or CAIQ. We will send you an assessment and help you build a roadmap to meet your security objectives.
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The CMMC Advisory Board has appointed Melanie Kyle Gingrich to lead training and development. Previously, the Senior Vice President of Product Development for Monster Worldwide, she has been charged with training and standing up a CMMC ecosystem of organizations that develop course materials and train assessors as the CMMC Board prepares to roll out its first certifying organizations this summer. Read more here from FCW.
CyberOne Security provides CMMC readiness and continuous monitoring to prepare and support you through the lifecycle of your CMMC certification process. From your 800-171 Self Assessment submission to the SPRS through control implementation, evidence verification, certification with our C3PAO partners, and continuous control monitoring for re-certification, CyberOne provides step-by-step guidance and automation that saves time and provides complete assurance for certification success. Oh, and, most important of all, it’s affordable for all-size organizations.
- Control Self Assessment for DFARS CyberSecurity Requirement
- CMMC Control Mapping to 800-171
- Automated Evidence Collection
- Certification Readiness Report
- C3PAO connection
- Continuous Monitoring post-Certification
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The Colonial Pipeline Co. attack brought to light well-documented susceptibilities to our aging energy infrastructure in the US. It also demonstrates the real and growing threat that cyber-crime poses to our society, as well as a growing trend in the cybercrime market, that of RaaS, Ransomware as a Service. This is the consumerization of cybercrime, where hacker collectives literally operate as a business serving clients with ready-for-use ransomware tools that can be used to deliver attacks on global companies.
For more information on the hack and its perpetrators, DarkSide, read the Krebs on Security article that takes a close look at “DarkSide” and its operations.
Hacktivists turned Capitalists
Hacker groups or collectives are nothing new. The first documented incident of hacking dates back to 1971 and is attributed to a Vietnam Vet, John Draper, who figured out a way to make free phone calls. Inevitably, hacking has come a long way since John decided he needed to make free long-distance calls, becoming very much a part of the mainstream of social lexicon, even glamorized to a large extent by hackers themselves as well as a largely uninformed Hollywood portrayal of “hacktivist” culture. Far from the Hollywood “freedom fighter” portrayal of the hacker, the blackhat industry has always largely been about making money, but in recent years has become bolder and better, while seemingly losing all ethical values.
Who is at risk?
These hacking collectives will tell you that only the largest companies that can “afford to lose a few million” are targeted. They also claim that state actor projects, or geopolitics, are off the table with the sole aim of these groups to serve as a sort of online Robin Hood – taking from the rich… Oops, seems like they forgot about giving back to the poor. The reality seems far less “ethical” and far more indiscriminate. This week, a single, albeit major, pipeline operation was interrupted. Just three months ago, a small Florida city water company was hacked. School districts and universities have been targets and, of course, most industry sectors have been and continue to be targeted, from carpet manufacturers to the big banks. All in all, it is estimated that 2,400 U.S.-based government, healthcare facilities, and schools were victims of ransomware in 2020 alone. Pre-IPO companies who are trying to safeguard sensitive data before going public are a popular target. The reality is that these attacks have a cascading fallout that impacts our safety, our health, our economy, our taxes, our livelihoods. Who is at risk? All of us it would seem.
Yes, based on the above, corporations are largely the chosen victims of ransomware. However, if you think this makes you immune as an individual, well, think again…
This attack crossed over into the public domain, closing a major US oil and gas pipeline, leading to a widespread fallout ranging from lines at the gas stations and a shortage of fuel, rising gas prices, to fallout – thankfully minimal – in the stock market.
Corporations that have suffered ransomware attacks are lobbying governments to provide bail-out funds to enable them to beef up security practices to help protect against future attacks. What we may never know (of course we know) is whether appropriate security measures were in place prior to these attacks? From a consumer perspective, that cost is now being passed on to you in the form of higher product prices, lack of wage increases, and of course in your taxes. If this sounds like the great TARP bailout of 2008, where citizens effectively paid the billion-dollar bonuses of bankers, well… your hearing might be good.
As Krebs reports, experts say ransomware attacks will continue to grow in sophistication, frequency, and cost unless something is done to disrupt the ability of crooks to get paid for such crimes. Last month, a group of tech industry heavyweights lent their imprimatur to a task force that delivered an 81-page report to the Biden administration on ways to stymie the ransomware industry. Among many other recommendations, the report urged the White House to make finding, frustrating, and apprehending ransomware crooks a priority within the U.S. intelligence community, and to designate the current scourge of digital extortion as a national security threat.
As corporations either invest or receive bailout money to build out security, corporations will invest in tools to scan networks, environments, systems, and assets in an attempt to pre-empt and detect threats. However, this data needs to be managed effectively, prioritized, and applied to people, process, and technology to have any impact. This is where companies can fall short and is a gap that CyberOne is trying hard to help them fill.
We want all companies to build a culture of risk across their organization. This starts with effective governance and leadership commitment to risk awareness and providing resources for effective risk management. While many companies are able to provide compliance certifications as a demonstration of commitment to security, risk management is really the key to effective security.
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The Hotman Group and CyberOne Security have more than 50 years combined experience delivering risk and compliance management and SOC 2 Certification to companies of all sizes. Trust your SOC 2 readiness to certified CPAs who understand the complex control implementation and infrastructure needed to satisfy audit requirements. Maintain your control implementation, any corrective actions and automate your year-round evidence collection process on CyberOne’s modern SaaS GRC automation platform. We provide continuous, comprehensive compliance at a fraction of the cost of traditional consulting services and limited, niche compliance solutions.
CyberOne is delighted to feature today’s article from Cheri Hotman, Owner Principal of the Hotman Group.
As the federal government rolls out CMMC (the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification), corporations are both facing increased scrutiny and demanding higher levels of security, risk, and compliance. In today’s marketplace, doing business is an issue of security. You need it and you need to demonstrate it. SOC 2 certification applies to any company that manages data in the cloud, which is, pretty much all of us these days. It can also serve as a basis for governing regulated data (PHI or P)) and is also a highly useful means of validating cybersecurity practices to the board and all current and future clients. As such, it is quickly becoming the first question in a risk assessment (do you have a SOC 2 report?), and subsequently, it is a revenue driver and a means of expediting security review in the sales pipeline, as well as a comprehensive framework and foundation to security.
In this article, Cheri addresses the broadly publicized SolarWinds hack, its impact on the cybersecurity community and resulting measures taken by corporations to manage risk across the enterprise and in the supply chain.
The SolarWinds Breach
We’ve all heard about the recent SolarWinds breach, and for good reason. The massive software development company was hacked in 2019, leaving their clients vulnerable to attack. The company unknowingly sent out a software update this March with hidden malware embedded in it. Of their 33,000 clients, an estimated 18,000 downloaded and contracted the spyware making extremely valuable, highly sensitive information available to the hackers (Canales and Jibilian).
The initial chaos has subsided, and the resounding question now is “how?” Surely a high-level company such as the one offering services to Fortune 500 companies and the U.S. Government would detect a breach in their system- right? Unfortunately, the answer isn’t quite so simple. Cybersecurity is a complex, multidimensional practice meant to protect against digital attacks. There are countless parts to it, but as a result of this breach, the importance of one particular part has been brought to light- SOC 2.
What Exactly is SOC 2?
SOC 2 is an intense cybersecurity, risk, and technical controls audit that must be performed by a CPA. It’s used to produce a report that provides either a green light or a bold, flashing red light in regard to the controls a company has set in place to protect the product/ service (and data) they offer. Companies use them to ensure their systems are secure and functioning properly, and potential clients use them to vet their vendors. Companies that have a CPA produce these reports make their company stand out by simplifying the process of deciding on a vendor, and make it cost-effective and confidence-building for potential clients.
There are two types of SOC 2 audits: Type 1, which determines whether a company’s cybersecurity and technical controls are designed appropriately as of a specific point of time (think: April 3, 2021- it could have been compromised the day before and could become compromised the day after, but this type of audit only attests to the date of the report). Next is Type 2, which measures a business’ control design and operation over a period of time (typically over the course of 12 months). Most companies and clients seek out Type 2 reports due to the detail and assurance made available. Here, more is more– companies and clients alike want little-to-no room for error in knowing the controls in place are reducing risk as they’re supposed to.
How to be Successful with SOC 2:
The SolarWinds breach has accounted for numerous companies seeking out their first SOC 2 report, which can be an overwhelming process. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be daunting! SOC 2 is attainable for every company. First to know is that your commitment to managing your systems and risk will make or break the success of your SOC 2 audits, meaning it’s essential to have an ongoing program built into your company to effectively design and continuously monitor controls. The goal here is to be ready for an audit before the audit. Doing so leaves less room for failure, and results in less stress and scrambling to get things in place last-minute. There are several GRC tool options built to help you do this successfully! Use one to simply and continuously monitor your controls, communicate metrics, and produce evidence for it via documentation. As a part of these programs, you need to have corrective action processes for when you catch failures, because they will happen, and that’s okay- so long as you have a plan! Lastly, it is best to hire someone to help you design and run your control environment. Because it is an ongoing and complex process, this will save you time, hassle and error. Focus on what you excel at while allowing a SOC 2 expert to focus on what they do best- minimizing waste, guessing, and failures.
Words of Wisdom:
Although this is a completely attainable solution, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid when implementing your new SOC 2 program:
- Do not try to do this with Excel, Word, or email. It will result in a blow-up-in-your-face disaster. Go ahead and invest in a platform built for handling compliance, risk and controls. You’ll thank me later!
- Because a SOC 2 program is an ongoing one, it often seems ideal to hire someone in-house to build out and manage your program. However, this also means managing them to make sure they are doing their job correctly. Ultimately, it’s both time-consuming and expensive, so if this route doesn’t seem feasible…
- Work with a company or person that can get you set up and keep you running like a well-oiled engine. Many businesses offer implementation and management for a lower overall cost than an in-house resource.
- Although using a third party is a great option, use caution when choosing who to work with. Make sure they have the proper certifications for both SOC 2 AND security, as well as deep cybersecurity and risk practitioner expertise.
- If this sounds like a foreign language to you, you’re just overwhelmed, or you don’t know if you’re ready to begin this process, hire someone to perform a gap assessment to figure out where you are today, and what your needs are, to put you on the path to success.
About the Author:
Cheri Hotman is an enthusiastic, passionate professional. Her drive to succeed began when she graduated with an MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas, and has only grown since then. With a track record that includes a career predominately in banking, financial services, and consulting followed by a position as Vice President in the Tech/IT space, you’d think her tenacity to have faltered- and you’d be wrong. She is a CPA, now holds her CISSP (cybersecurity certification), and has launched her own cybersecurity, risk, and compliance practitioner company. If you need a cybersecurity expert, or even just some inspiration, connect with her through www.hotmangroup.com, or via LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/cherihotman.
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