Cyber Risk and Compliance

Aligns IT and business objectives, while managing risk and meeting compliance requirements.

MAD Security your Trusted Partner for navigating the ever-changing regulatory and cyber threat environment.

Organizations turn to us for our ability to guide them in determining requirements, assessing cyber risk and compliance, and developing and deploying efficient cost-effective solutions.  While most providers have a “check the box” mentality, MAD Security cyber risk and compliance experts take the time to understand your organization and deliver solutions tailored to your business.

Organizations are facing an ever changing and escalating risk landscape.  For example, DoD Contractors have the DFARS regulation that started in 2017, and now must prepare for the new CMMC certification in order to bid on new contracts.

It is imperative for executives and senior management to identify and understand the risks facing their organizations. Your organization needs a team that can act as a trusted advisor and strategist to provide actionable roadmaps that not only improve your security posture and help mitigate risks, but also help develop and govern your Information Security program.

Cyber Risk and Compliance touches every part of an organization. In doing so, it serves to provide a firm foundation for sound risk intelligence as well as a way forward to complying with new regulations and security controls.

Here are some of the most common challenges we are helping organizations to solve:


Compliance Challenges

  • Ever-evolving regulations across multiple industries (e.g. Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) for DoD Contractors)
  • Political influences on regulation changes and priorities
  • Penalties for lack of compliance and its effect on the organization’s reputation

Operational Challenges

  • Assessing and understanding the current state of their security posture and building a roadmap for improvement
  • Building a process for identifying, managing, and mitigating risks proactively
  • Prioritizing changes based on risk and compliance requirements
  • Quantifying return on compliance: How does this affect their bottom line?
  • Transparency across the organization and managing functional silos

Technological Challenges

  • Ensuring data privacy across devices, the organization’s network, and the cloud
  • Ensuring all technologies are adhering to compliance requirements and risk management best practices
  • Interconnectivity of Risk across the organization

Cybersecurity Challenges

  • Highly disruptive ransomware
  • Continued security breaches
  • New Phishing techniques
  • Compliance violations and regulatory actions

Today’s dynamic global business environments demand that organizations adapt quickly to changing regulations and to mitigate emerging risks. As business objectives are forced to become consistent with regulations, risk and compliance strategists should ensure that an organization’s security posture and strategy also align with those regulations, governance models, and policies. MAD Security’s cyber risk and compliance solutions help organizations to first understand their risk tolerance and gaps, and then provide a plan of action to mitigate risks, achieve compliance, and maintain security posture through a Continuous Monitoring Strategy.

Organizations today are either required to have a security framework or will be required to have one soon. MAD Security takes a lifecycle approach to Security Architecture frameworks.

MAD Security will help you not only understand what your security posture is, but will also work with you to develop plans for improving it. MAD Security’s solutions include:

Gap Assessments
Identifies gaps in your organizational security posture based on your organization’s compliance requirements.

Risk Assessments
Identifies, evaluates, and estimates levels of risk to your organization and determines an acceptable level of risk.

Virtual Compliance Management
Continuously collaborates with you and your organization to ensure that your cybersecurity program is being maintained within compliance regulations and that security controls are monitored continuously.  Ongoing reviews and assessments will help to ensure that controls that are not fully implemented are on track for mitigation, as well as ensuring that implemented controls are maintained and reviewed.

Risk Management
Creates a standard designed to assist with managing the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of data and critical infrastructure.

C-Suite Consulting & Virtual-CISO Consulting
Allows organizations to leverage top-tier security experts with CISO-level experience for security strategy sessions and guidance.

Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery
Ensures that cybersecurity concerns are incorporated into your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery planning to minimize costs, protect data, and streamline a timely and effective response to any kind of attack.

Policy Development & Review
Creates a policy development workflow and review process formulated around what governs an organization to ensure regulatory compliance.

Information Security Governance Framework Design
Creates a framework that ensures information security strategies are aligned with and support business objectives, are compliant with applicable laws and regulations, and that integrate with an organization’s governance at the highest levels. A few of the common frameworks we work with:

  • CMMC
  • NIST SP 800-171
  • CIS 20
  • SSAE-18/SOC-2
  • NIST 800-53

What is CMMC?

CMMC is the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification and is the DoD’s approach to safeguarding FCI and CUI. It is a maturity model jointly developed by DoD stakeholders, research centers, and the Defense Industrial Base (DIB). CMMC encompasses basic safeguarding for FCI per the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Clause 52.204-21 and the security requirements for CUI as specified in the National Institute of Standards and technology (NIST) Special Publication (SP) 800-171, per Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) Clause 252.204-7012.

What does CMMC mean?

Until recently, contractors needed to be compliant and self-attest to the 110 cybersecurity controls listed in NIST SP 800-171. CMMC now includes those controls and adds even more rigor. CMMC Level 3, the level required if you will handle CUI data, requires compliance with 130 cybersecurity controls.

If you hope to do business as a DoD contractor or subcontractor, within the next several years there will be a requirement to be CMMC certified at least at Level 1 before the contract is awarded. This is for the protection of Federal Contract Information (FCI). If your company expects to work with Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), your company must be CMMC Level 3 certified or higher before the contract is awarded.

How do you become compliant?

It starts with a look at the type of work you do, the future work you expect to be involved in, and in-depth look at the state of your information system environment. Every company is unique, and every company’s needs are unique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. It doesn’t matter if your company size is one person or 100,000 people strong. It doesn’t matter if you are working out of your home or working across multiple states. We have the depth and breadth of experience to address your needs. As former DoD employees and former DoD contractors, we have a unique insight into the governance, risk, and compliance requirements and process needed for CMMC.    

How do you become CMMC compliant? MAD Security is here to help you with solving this cybersecurity puzzle for your organization.

The key to CMMC is understanding that it is about maturity and is more than just checking a box.

Align Priorities and Identify Gaps:

First, you need to know where you are before you create the roadmap of where you need to be.  We will assess your current environment, provide a detailed report of the gaps within and create an actionable Plan of Actions & Milestones (POA&M) and help you develop your System Security Plan (SSP).

Manage Compliance with our Virtual Compliance Manager:

Many organizations might have created an SSP and POA&M, however, because of a lack of resources available have been unable to take steps to work on the POA&M and improve their security posture.  Our Virtual Compliance Manager (VCM) will help you develop a roadmap and manage your compliance and implementation activities to ensure they meet the requirements of the controls from the NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC.  The VCM is your expert “right-hand man” to help keep the projects updated and ensuring they are completed to increase the cybersecurity maturity of your organization.

Continuous Monitoring:

A key component of increasing your security posture and cybersecurity maturity is having a Continuous Monitoring Strategy in place.  Our Managed Security Service (MSSP) will help continuously monitor your environment 24/7 for the peace of mind of meeting many of the controls.  This is important in that it validates controls that are in place to ensure that they are functioning properly.  It provides a deeper visibility into your infrastructure with continuous monitoring.

As part of the roadmap developed by the VCM, understanding the maturity of the organization is key.  Just putting policies and procedures in place is not enough.  An organization will need to show processes that are repeatable.  For example, an Incident Response Plan and Business Continuity procedure may be in place, but if it is never tested for effectiveness, the maturity level of the organization will be affected.  A maturity model assessment will help you understand the level of maturity you are at now and what needs to be done for the desired state of the company.

Managed Security Services

Consider integrating your cybersecurity program using an overall enterprise security strategy with the guidance and support of our Managed Security Services. Our Managed Security Services provide a proactive and cost-effective solution for organizations to detect and respond to cybersecurity threats, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

These services include:

  1. Managed User Awareness Training
  2. Managed Phishing with User Awareness
  3. Managed Vulnerability Management Services
  4. Managed Endpoint Security
  5. Managed Firewall Services
  6. Managed Email Security Services
  7. Managed Incident Response

Our Virtual Compliance Manager (VCM) will help you and your organization develop a roadmap, manage your compliance and implementation activities to ensure they meet the requirements of controls from any cybersecurity framework including:

  • NIST SP 800-171 and CMMC
  • NIST 800-53
  • CIS 20

The VCM is your expert “right-hand man” to keeping your projects updated, compliant and ensuring they are completed to increase the cybersecurity maturity of your organization.