Cybersecurity “As-a-Service” and the Benefits of Third-Party Security Providers

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Of all the upheavals and challenges we’ve seen in the past few years; cybersecurity is one of the most important topics emerging in 2021. Newsworthy attacks on SolarWinds and Colonial Pipelines have prompted the White House to release an executive order dictating a new set of collective cybersecurity standards for government agencies and contractors. Following that, private companies associated with the supply chain have also begun to adopt stricter security controls based on their risk profiles and reliance on cloud-based service providers. All of these organizations, from agencies to contractors to utility companies, are turning to cybersecurity as-a-service models to meet these demands. 

It seems like everything is “a service” these days, but it is important to realize that as modern cybersecurity threats evolve, it’s nearly impossible for individual organizations to keep up. Dedicated, expert compliance and security firms are rising to fill the gap and keep our systems safe. 

 

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What is ISO 27002 and Why Do I Need to Know About It?

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Cybersecurity is integral to any data-driven business, but building an effective cybersecurity apparatus can be challenging, if not outright daunting. Outside of industry-specific regulations, simply grasping the complexity of modern security threats and IT infrastructure has become an intellectual discipline on its own. That’s why compliance frameworks exist to help companies like yours best implement environments that can meet modern cyber threats.

One organization, the ISO, has dedicated significant resources to develop best practices and frameworks for organizations like yours to build effective and scalable cybersecurity systems that meet both the challenges of modern threats and the demands of modern compliance. ISO has released a series of documents, called the ISO 27000 series, to speak directly to these challenges. 

While we have previously discussed ISO 27001 and its importance to data-driven businesses, we will now expand that discussion into the next document, ISO 27002, and why it’s important to your organization. 

 

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Penetration Testing and NIST 800-53

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In our continuing series on penetration testing, we have discussed different approaches to pen testing the benefits of conducting such tests. Here, we will continue by addressing penetration testing as a practice inside one of the most important security frameworks for federal agencies and contractors: NIST 800-53.

While the core documentation of NIST 900-53 contains hundreds of security controls, one dedicated section speaks to the value and best practices of penetration testing. Here, we’ll discuss how penetration testing plays a role in NIST 800-compliance and how you can incorporate it into your compliance strategy. 

 

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