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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 »

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 »

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 »

How Do I Know if FedRAMP is Right For My Organization?

Why FedRAMP? Why now? One thing that’s become clear to me in the last few months is that many Cloud Service Providers, or CSPs as we’ll refer to them, are very UNCLEAR on what FedRAMP is, the commitment level, and how the process works. Many are being asked by government customers if they are FedRAMP… Read more »

FedRAMP: A Heavyweight Security Framework for Cloud Service Providers

The real first rule about FedRAMP is that it’s a certification companies should get if they want to prove that their cloud services and products are secure enough for U.S. government data. Read the full September 6, 2018 article published on cybersecurityventures.com here. In its latest Compliance Report for Cybersecurity Ventures, Sera-Brynn shares how the FedRAMP rules… Read more »

The Kaspersky Ban

October 1, 2018 Deadline for Government Contractors to Comply with the FAR Ban on Kaspersky Lab Products Nears On October 1, 2018, U.S. government contractors will need to be compliant with the government-wide ban on the use of Kaspersky Lab products and services in support of their government contracts.  An interim rule requiring the insertion… Read more »

The Heavyweight Rules and Concepts You Need to Know About FedRAMP

The first rule of FedRAMP is … You do not talk about FedRAMP! (Sorry, that’s of course a quote from Fight Club, a movie about an insomniac office worker looking to shake things up with, well… fighting.) The real first rule about FedRAMP is that companies should attain the certification to show that their cloud… Read more »