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INFORMATION SECURITY

BUILD

Building an InfoSec program doesn't have to be overwhelming.

Our approach considers your unique business model, assets, threats, and risk tolerance to build an optimal mix of controls and solutions to address risk while minimizing costs and interference with day-to-day operations. We will work with you to establish an initial security baseline that can scale as your business grows and evolve as the threat landscape changes.

Give Your Business The Security It Needs Now, Designed To Grow With You.

You know that you need information security, but where do you begin? Poor planning and design (as well as expensive security software) can quickly overwhelm information security budgets. 

Our consultants will work with you to understand your business, objectives, threats, and risk tolerance to architect a security program that meets your needs (and budget) today, tomorrow, and for years to come.

CUSTOMIZED SECURITY

Your business is unique, and so are your systems. Risk resides at the intersection of systems, threats, and vulnerabilities, and we will customize our approach based on your risk tolerance, business model, budget, and desired outcomes.

  • SET CONTEXT AND IDENTIFY SYSTEMS

The first step in calculating risk is to understand your business and the systems that you depend on. These can include network appliances, servers, applications, databases, and even cloud providers. Whether you prefer informal inquiry or automated scanning of your entire environment, we'll make sure that we know what you have (and what you are planning) before moving forward.

  • ESTABLISH OBJECTIVES AND ASSESS RISK

Information security is an exercise in thoroughness, as every electronic device capable of storing and processing information carries risk. Risk must be thoroughly addressed and prioritized to achieve desired security objectives. Our consultants will make sure that this critical exercise is given the appropriate attention, and that your key risks are not overlooked or ignored.

  • ​BUILD A CONTROL FRAMEWORK

Whether you choose to leverage existing frameworks, such as ISO 27001 or NIST 800-53, or decide to create your own risk treatment, we will work with you to build a framework of information security controls and objectives that are attainable, manageable, and that mitigate risk efficiently and effectively.

  • ​ESTABLISH POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Often derided as excessive and unnecessary, documented policies and procedures are essential for enforcing security requirements and holding your organization accountable. Well-communicated policies can be the difference between a minor incident and a major data breach; our consultants will make sure that you get them right from the beginning.

  • ​OPTIMIZE AND IMPLEMENT SECURITY SOLUTIONS

Poorly architect-ed solutions are often the root cause of excessive risk and information security budgets. Systems should be designed with security in mind and by default. Whether you are a small business that only uses e-mail or a large enterprise in need of a security upgrade, we'll help you select and implement a security portfolio to prevent, detect, and respond to threats.

  • ​RESTRICT AND PROTECT ACCESS

Many successful breaches leverage weak access controls and elevated security privileges to compromise systems. In addition to the access controls already created, an initial access control baseline must be established that incorporates strong authentication, segregation of duties, and minimal privilege based on defined roles and responsibilities.

  • ​MANAGE THIRD-PARTY AND CLOUD RISK

Vendors, data centers, and cloud service providers are often assumed to be secure and are overlooked during security assessments. New businesses are especially susceptible to availability and confidentiality risks associated with outsourced providers. Our consultants will evaluate and address the risks associated with your outsourced portfolio and help you in the future when selecting providers to ensure that they take security as seriously as you.

  • ​INCIDENT RESPONSE AND DISASTER RECOVERY

100% security is unattainable and security incidents are inevitable; having a plan to respond to incidents and recover from outages is essential. As the global leader is business continuity and disaster recovery, Avalution will design response and recovery plans that will give you confidence in your organization's ability to be resilient when confronted with cyber threats.

  • ​MONITOR CONFORMANCE

Most processes work well in the beginning; maintaining discipline, however, is a challenge in all organizations. In addition to implementing controls and solutions to monitor network security and detect intrusions, our IT auditors can also evaluate your organization's ongoing conformance to the policies and procedures defined in your information security program.

EVERY ORGANIZATION NEEDS INFORMATION SECURITY.

Regardless of whether you can only afford the minimum level of security or are prepared to make substantial investments to ensure the longevity of your business, our consultants are here to help you at every step along the way.

STRENGTHEN

Our consultants have the tools and expertise to mature and strengthen your security portfolio.

In addition to our core risk management services, our niche offerings will help you evolve specific information security capabilities including cyber resilience, logging and monitoring, detection and response, disaster recovery, vulnerability management, end-point security, e-mail security, third-party risk, cloud security, and data privacy.

Beyond Prevention: Comprehensive Solutions To Address Evolving Risk

Traditional information security programs focus most of their resources on preventing cyber attacks. Innovative and forward-looking information security programs acknowledge the inevitability of successful attacks and invest in detection and response. Our consultants will help you be secure and resilient.

MATURING INFORMATION SECURITY

As the cyber threat landscape continues to evolve, so does the need for enhanced information security solutions and increased levels of scrutiny. In addition to assessing your level of cyber maturity, our experienced consultants can focus on specific security requirements and implement solutions to address capability gaps.

  • ​IT SECURITY SCORECARD

Is your information security program aligned to the strategic priorities of your organization? Is the investment commensurate with the risk? Our consultants will help you sleep at night by assessing your program, identifying unmitigated risk, and recommending solutions to remediate findings.

  • CYBER RESILIENCE

Recent high-profile breaches and ransomware attacks have highlighted the weaknesses of prevention-focused security programs. Comprehensive information security programs require companies to anticipate, detect, withstand, respond to, and recover from all variations of cyber attacks. As a global leader in business continuity and disaster recovery, Avalution can build a cyber resilience program designed to confront 21st century threats.

  • FRAMEWORK ADOPTION AND FORMALIZATION

Many customers and regulations not only require that companies are secure, but also that they can demonstrate security through formal program assessments. If you have been asked to provide a SOC 2 report or ISO 27001 certificate, Cushnoc Resiliency can help implement your program and prepare you for the audit.

  • VULNERABILITY MANAGEMENT

Annual penetration tests are no longer sufficient for managing risk. Zero-day vulnerabilities are the new normal and require continuous vulnerability management to identify and address risks before they turn into exploits. As vulnerability scanning software costs continue to decline, ongoing vulnerability management is becoming more viable for most organizations. In addition to performing one-time assessments, Cushnoc Resiliency can help you implement a sustainable vulnerability management program.

  • ​DATA DISCOVERY AND CLASSIFICATION

Do you know your data? While data is a valuable asset, it can also carry considerable cost. Many organizations are surprised to learn about the level of sensitive structured and unstructured data spread throughout their systems. Understanding where data resides and flows throughout the enterprise is the first step towards protection.

  • ​THIRD-PARTY RISK MANAGEMENT

Are your partners protecting your data? Third-party risk management is an essential security component. Whether you are tasked with building a program or responding to a request, our consultants will make sure you get it right the first time.

  • ​CLOUD SECURITY ASSESSMENT

Moving to the cloud does not shift risk; it merely transforms it. AWS, Azure, Salesforce.com, Dropbox, ShareFile, and Office 365 are just a few examples of cloud platform and software services that have distinct client control considerations that, if not configured securely, can expose your enterprise to a significant level of risk.

  • ​WEB APPLICATION VULNERABILITY ASSESSMENT

You finally moved from SSL to TLS. But, are your sites built using secure coding standards to prevent cross-site scripting and SQL injection? Code reviews just scratch the surface - our consultants will find the hidden vulnerabilities that can be exploited by hackers to compromise your most important web-based applications.

  • LOGGING, MONITORING, DETECTION, AND RESPONSE CAPABILITY ASSESSMENT

Can your security staff identify and respond to an incident before it becomes a breach? Having a SIEM is no longer enough; you need the right mix of people, processes, and technology to account for all potential attack vectors. Our security professionals can help you architect a sustainable program for detecting and responding to threats.

  • ​SOCIAL ENGINEERING ASSESSMENT

Phishing and vishing are still some of the most effective means for compromising security. While technological solutions for combating these threats continue to evolve, employee awareness and training are still essential tools for preventing social engineering attacks from succeeding. Our phishing lab can simulate real-world attack scenarios, assess your organization's diligence when confronted by an attack, and provide in-line training to violators.

  • ​NEXT GENERATION E-MAIL AND SECURITY SOLUTIONS

Awareness and simulations are a must, but next-generation tools also exist for mitigating cyber risk. We'll help you combat the most common cyber-attack vectors with the right mix of solutions to ensure that your people are educated about risk and protected when something slips by.

INFORMATION SECURITY SOLUTIONS FOR 21ST CENTURY THREATS

Don't leave information security to chance. Cushnoc Resiliency's experienced consultants can help you understand exactly where you stand and decide if your risk exposure aligns to your organization's risk tolerance.

Build a flexible compliance program that evolves and adapts - instead of reacts - as regulations change.

Our approach will integrate compliance into your overall security program so that you are no longer wasting resources while complying in silos. If you don't have the capacity or in-house expertise to handle compliance issues, or if you desire independent validation of your approach and coverage, our consultants are ready to help you elevate your compliance programs.

​Efficient Solutions For 21st Century Regulations

Compliance should be a security enabler, not an impediment. Our consultants can architect an effective approach to compliance that will keep your staff - and your auditors - focused on what matters most.

INNOVATIVE APPROACHES FOR MEETING REGULATORY DEMANDS

Our integrated approach to compliance streamlines control mapping and minimizes administrative burdens. Let Avalution focus on compliance so that you can focus on running your business.

  • ​INTEGRATED COMPLIANCE

Tired of IT auditors preventing you from focusing on information security priorities? Most information security compliance programs are responsive in nature and evolved in silos. Our approach to compliance aligns controls to a common framework and consolidates assessment activities.

  • ​INDUSTRY REGULATORY COMPLIANCE

Whether you've been complying for decades or just entered a new market, our consultants have the expertise and experience to help you efficiently achieve readiness and compliance. Practice areas include: FERPA, FFIEC, HIPAA, NYDFS, PCI-DSS, Sarbanes-Oxley.

  • STATUTORY COMPLIANCE

While statutory privacy regulation continues to lag industry regulation, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has set a new bar that will most likely be leveraged by other jurisdictions in lieu of growing constituent concern over privacy. Even if you are not sure if you need to comply, Cushnoc Resiliency's GDPR readiness program can help you stay ahead of the curve and be prepared when (not if) you do. Check out our GDPR Checklist, which will help ensure you haven't missed any critical requirements of the regulation.

  • FRAMEWORK READINESS ASSESSMENT AND AUDIT

Many regulations, including GDPR, now require that companies demonstrate security through formal program assessments. Whether you are looking for ISO 27001 certification or a clean SOC 2 report, Avalution can help implement your program and prepare you for your audit.

  • IT AUDIT

Just because they are required doesn't mean that they can't add value. Whether you are looking for a general controls audit or need expertise with specific systems, our consultants can augment your team and provide the expertise necessary to meet your audit objectives.

COMPLIANCE SHOULD ENHANCE SECURITY, NOT IMPEDE IT.

Stop letting compliance requirements interfere with your information security operations. Cushnoc Resiliency can streamline compliance and alleviate the burden on your company.

Please contact us today to discuss your needs.