cybersecurity

Cybersecurity Audit and Advisory Leader Sera-Brynn Launches Cornerstone Continuous Monitoring Solution: SIEM as a Service

SUFFOLK, VIRGINIA (July 30, 2019) Sera-Brynn, a global leader in cybersecurity compliance and risk management, announces the launch of its Security Information Event Management as a Service (SIEMaaS). SIEM as a Service is an advanced monitoring service to detect cybersecurity attacks and network breaches so that immediate action can be taken. Sera-Brynn’s forensics experts and… Read more »

The Guardians of Society – MSPs

You read that right.  And I’m especially referring to Managed Service Providers (MSPs) that support the Information Technology needs of small and medium-sized businesses. Here’s why: Small businesses represent half of the country’s GDP. They represent just over 99% of all employer firms, and 64% of all net-new private sector jobs. They handle sensitive data… Read more »

What You Need to Know About 800-171 Revisions

The long awaited NIST 800-171 Revision 2 and 800-171B drafts were released for comment today. There have been no major changes to the controls in Revision 2. This is good news for many in the DIB who have been diligently working to implement and maintain the security requirements. Of more interest is 171B enhanced security… Read more »

GLBA is About to Get a Cybersecurity Upgrade

If you aren’t a regular reader of the Federal Register, you may have missed a proposed upgrade for safeguarding customer information. Background When the Gramm Leach Bliley Act, fondly known as GLBA, was enacted in 1999 we were worried about Y2K, a gallon of gas cost $1.22, and SpongeBob SquarePants had just premiered on Nickelodeon…. Read more »

Cybersecurity Training Is Not Optional…Unless You Are in the House

Congressional Cybersecurity Training Resolution will mandate training for elected officials. Cybersecurity risk management is about understanding why you are a target, how you will be attacked, and the fallout if an attack is successful. Election security is a big deal. Right now, Florida is trying to get a handle on exactly who might have  been… Read more »

Data Security under the California Consumer Privacy Act: Instructions Not Included

“Reasonable security.” If you’re a California business, this is what’s generally expected of you (e.g., Cal. Civ. Code § 1798.81.5).  If you collect personal data, you are expected to secure it.  But what’s the right level of cybersecurity under the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018 (CCPA)?  Are specific frameworks recommended? Let’s wade into the… Read more »

Cybersecurity Frameworks – A (Hard)Core Feature of The Ohio Data Protection Act

In 2018, Ohio – the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – enacted a cybersecurity law that rocked cybersecurity frameworks. The Ohio Data Protection Act (“ODPA” or the Act) creates a safe harbor for organizations that adopt one of ten cybersecurity compliance frameworks. This is unique. Most other state cybersecurity laws don’t… Read more »

Oversight is Coming – Part 2: DCMA to Assess Supply Chain Compliance with DFARS

Last week, we covered the DoD memo assigning DCMA audit responsibilities for marking CUI. The same memo indicates that DCMA will also be evaluating a contractor’s procedures for assessing supply chain compliance with DFARS 252.204-7012. Today we are taking a deeper dive into what that means and what a supply chain assessment looks like. As… Read more »

Oversight is Coming: How to Prepare for a DCMA Supply Chain Audit

This article is the first in a two-part series. On January 21, 2019 the DoD released a memo requiring DCMA to validate contractor procedures for supply chain management. If you are a prime or sub on Department of Defense contracts, then your contracts are already subject to DCMA administrative oversight. This new memo adds to… Read more »

Kicking the Tires on FedRAMP

Straight talk about whether FedRAMP accreditation is right for you. In the world of FedRAMP, you are either a cloud service provider (CSP) or a user of cloud services. Many of our CSP clients are asked about FedRAMP accreditation. In some cases, a government user has told them they should be FedRAMP accredited. This is… Read more »