Blogs & Analysis

In the News: NEO Blockchain adds Spatium™ wallet to the list of approved wallets

In recent news, Spatium announced that its wallet for storing cryptocurrency was accepted into the NEO blockchain community.  In order to be accepted into the selective community, Spatium’s wallet underwent multiple, rigorous technical security reviews.  Sera-Brynn was the independent third-party evaluator.  Spatium states that its “software wallet promises greater security than today’s hardware wallets based… Read more »

Our 5 Favorite Blogs of 2018 on Cybersecurity and Privacy for Businesses

FedRAMP strategy, red teaming, NIST privacy standards, evolving Federal acquisition rules, Ohio’s new cybersecurity safe harbor law – these are some of the Sera-Brynn staff blog topics from 2018.  We wrote about GDPR (but are still digesting PIPEDA, the Canadian privacy law).  We continued to talk about the FAR Reform.  We published a guest blogger’s… Read more »

Visit Sera-Brynn’s Booth at NARA’s CUI Industry Day!

Sera-Brynn offers professional services and tools to help identify and map the flow of Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) throughout a government contractor’s information systems. The presence of CUI is of significant consequence to government contractors and their cybersecurity programs. On December 10, 2018, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is hosting an event on… Read more »

GSA’s proposed new rule to govern data breaches, government access, proprietary information, and contractor responsibilities

In November 2018, U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) published its intent to enact a new rule on the reporting of data breaches. GSA is the U.S. government’s lead contracting agency. GSA also manages many government-wide IT security programs, like FedRAMP and cloud.gov. The proposed rule will ensure that GSA, plus the agency customer, will have… Read more »

Using Red Team Assessments to Test Security Maturity

Red teaming is an under-appreciated term in modern businesses.  Red teaming is an opportunity for leadership to understand how an entire system works together to protect information critical to a company’s existence, their “crown jewels.” Red teaming in the age of the Internet has had companies focusing exclusively on CYBER Red Teams.  However, such an… Read more »

Ohio’s New Cybersecurity Law Grants Data Breach Litigation Safe Harbor

Ohio’s law – effective November 2018 – creates a safe harbor for organizations that adopt one of 10 cybersecurity compliance frameworks. With a new cybersecurity law, the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is now rocking the cybersecurity framework discussion. Effective November 2, 2018, Ohio’s law puts cybersecurity frameworks centerstage. The law… Read more »

Cybersecurity’s 3-Million-Person Workforce Shortage is Now a Risk Management Problem

Cybersecurity’s 3-million-person workforce shortage is now a risk management problem. The cybersecurity workforce needs and wants you!  Good news for many of us – but from an employer or strategic workforce planning perspective, this is problematic. There’s now a shortage of people qualified to protect data, systems, and operations. Worldwide, the cybersecurity workforce shortage is… Read more »

Still Lagging on DFARS? The Navy Has A Memo For You

by Heather Engel, Sera-Brynn Chief Strategy Officer The Assistant Secretary of the Navy recently released a memo imposing additional requirements on select contracts. For the last three years, Defense contractors have been working (some more diligently than others) to comply with DFARS clause 252.204-7012 that requires implementation of NIST SP 800-171. I’ve written numerous articles… Read more »

But Seriously, What is a 3PAO?

3PAO means “third party assessment organization” under the FedRAMP program. FedRAMP is the U.S. government’s first program for the protection of federal information in the cloud. A 3PAO audits the cloud service provider because, in short, self-assessments are not permitted. Stated another way: a 3PAO is an independent entity that performs initial and period security… Read more »

Privacy Framework: NIST is in the House.

This month, NIST kicked off a series of public meetings to highlight its efforts to create a voluntary Privacy Framework. Much in the same way it developed the Cybersecurity Framework, NIST is trying to achieve a technology-privacy balance within the guidance by crowdsourcing its way there.  By bringing in views from federal agencies, small businesses,… Read more »