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9 Unique Reasons to Outsource Cyber Security Monitoring

9 Unique Reasons to Outsource Cyber Security Monitoring

Keeping your business data safe should be the first and foremost concern for all businesses now. Here are 9 unique reasons to  outsource cyber security monitoring to help make it a priority. outsource cyber security monitoring

Due to the rising security breaches on many companies, data security against unwanted intrusion is on every business owner’s mind.

No matter the size of your organization, IT security is the biggest challenge that the organizations face. When it comes to medium or small enterprise the impact of security threat can be more severe.

Security hackers pose special threats to our computer network security. They are technology and networking experts and they use their insider information to grant themselves access to other people’s computer networks. They do it without permission.

Our modern computing environment is always an open one and the hackers with great knowledge of system and computing can easily get their hands on very sensitive information. This is a major problem for the businesses now and they can solve it easily when you outsource cyber security monitoring. 

Your important and sensitive information should be kept private and secured. One of the biggest risks to the computers, mobiles, and every endpoint connected to the corporate network is identity theft or information theft. Many organizations have the tools necessary to manage cyber security in-house.

But for others, this can be an extremely expensive service to manage internally. Plus, if you get it wrong, you are at risk for exposure.

9 Unique Reasons to Outsource Cyber Security Monitoring

Managed cyber security monitoring is a service that monitors your network for threats through your SIEM.

When you outsource cyber security monitoring to Cybriant, our team will look at any suspicious activity and determine which level of alert this activity falls under.

When we identify a critical alert, we will open a ticket and follow a predefined escalation path informing the appropriate people in your organization with the information they need to take effective action.

Here are 9 reasons to outsource cyber security monitoring: 

Services According to Compliance Regulation

HIPAA, SOC, PCI DSS, GDPR – no matter which compliance regulation you are required to follow, you likely are required to have a log of events that are happening on your network. Some organizations will purchase a SIEM tool, but not monitor or tune the tool properly.

By outsourcing the management of your SIEM, you’ll have expert specialists who are able to easily identify, solve, classify and properly address the major security vulnerabilities. They can detect threats and can respond to cyber threats.

Not only that, if you go for the outsourcing services you can expect to get the important advice to protect your data or to resolve the issues of Cybersecurity with updated regulations and best of standards like PCI DSS & GDPR.

Potential to Save Money 

Businesses are often not able to afford the expense of an in-house cybersecurity monitoring team of professionals. Luckily, many organizations like Cybriant offer an affordable option for tiered cyber security services, which could result in savings.

By outsourcing cyber security services, you won’t need to hire full-time staff or don’t need to pay huge monthly salary to them. Outsourcing services are cheaper services and can expect assured and skilled dedicated services from highly skilled professionals.

Dedicated and Skilled Security Service Providers

Are you confident in your IT team to solve all your security issues? Most often, the people tasked with managed security are not cyber security specialists. 

When you outsource cyber security monitoring, you’ll have a dedicated team of highly training cyber professionals. When you work with Cybriant, we not only alert you to cyber threats, we work with your team to advise on how to alleviate the issues.  

Having an outsourced service means you can trust the intricate details of your cyber exposure to the dedicated and expert cyber security professionals, who are trained and skilled to solve such issues.

Experienced (They’ve Seen it All!)

Imagine working with a cyber security firm that has seen almost every potential cyber threat, malware, hack, etc. If they haven’t seen it, they are aware of it. When you outsource, not only will these security professionals monitor your security landscape properly, but they are also up-to-date with the current techniques, tactics and methods that the cybercriminals usually use.

We apply the most up to date and experienced knowledge to improve your security and to detect all the threat and vulnerabilities. This expertise ensures that the business has enough knowledge to away the malicious adversaries.

Focus More on Your Core Business

If your business is protected and safe and you have outsourced your cyber security monitoring, you can focus more on your core business. By focusing on your core business, your IT team will thrive while leaving the cyber security to the outsourced professionals. Proper IT support and skilled security outsourcing can help you put use your resources where they will be most valuable. 

While we certainly want our clients involved in the managed SIEM process, we work with you to determine your level of involvement. Whether it’s weekly meetings or quarterly updates, we let you take the lead and tell us how involved you would like your team to be.

Layered Protection

Security hackers are more powerful now and only a high level of cyber security can protect your important data. Outsourcing is effective because you are provided with layered protection.

Most outsourced cyber security monitoring companies offer extensive and more efficient security checks and the right methods that can even prevent human errors or internal employee mistakes; it can even cause a huge level of data breaches.

At Cybriant, we typically begin with a security assessment to determine any gaps in your security strategy. Our core business is the 24/7 security monitoring with managed SIEM. Many core clients also add services like Managed EDR, and Patch and Vulnerability Management. 

Around the Clock Service

Protecting your organization’s information requires around the clock surveillance because cyber criminals are working 24/7 to find new ways to steal your data.

Monitoring and managing your cybersecurity requires 24/7/365 monitoring with more professionals. Outsourcing to cybersecurity with the specialist means you can achieve a higher level of monitoring services from a group of professionals, without spending money for training or hiring the in-house staff.

Independent Validation

It is quite risky to solely rely on your in-house staff for your cyber security monitoring. 

No matter how reliable your team is, it always comes with a risk. If you work with independent partners for the validation processes and controls, including outsource cyber security monitoring, you can expect to get a more efficient service.

Independent service providers can easily uncover the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in different applications and systems that your IT team may not even know.

Cyber Security Skills gap

The cyber security skills gap shortage is getting worse. Organizations are struggling to find properly training cyber security resources within an acceptable salary range. 

You get an entire team of skilled cybersecurity professionals when you outsource cyber security monitoring – without having to worry about recruiting and training your own staff. Due to the strict ethical principles laid down by the organizations, these professionals go extra miles to ensure that there is no possibility for any compromise in the confidentiality of data.

Outsourcing for cybersecurity management is a brilliant idea because the professionals know better how to monitor your network and endpoints. 

Start with an Assessment

Many organizations require an annual security assessment. Cybriant offers several levels of assessments and tests based on the needs of your organization. 

At Cybriant, we offer assessments based on the NIST cybersecurity foundation. By having a foundation like NIST, you’ll be able to make all security decisions based on your framework. 

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Byron DeLoach Selected to Speak at 2019 National Cyber Summit

Byron DeLoach Selected to Speak at 2019 National Cyber Summit

Byron DeLoach will speak at the 2019 National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, AL. 

Conference Dates: June 4-6, 2019
Location: Von Braun Center – Huntsville, AL
Register: https://www.nationalcybersummit.com/Registration

2019 National Cyber SummitByron DeLoach, Cybriant’s Director of Adaptive Services, was recently selected to speak at the upcoming National Cyber Summit in Huntsville, AL.

Mr. DeLoach’s session, “True Cyber Crime Story: Blocking a Nation-State Attack” will be held on Wednesday, June 5, 2019 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Join us to find how we used CylancePROTECT and CylanceOPTICS to stop a persistent advanced web shell attack conducted by Nation-State Attackers that prevented an organization from becoming the focus of a lengthy FBI investigation.

2019 National Cyber Summit

The 2019 National Cyber Summit is the nation’s most innovative cyber security-technology event, offering unique educational, collaborative and workforce development opportunities for industry visionaries and rising leaders. Our core focus is on two things: accessibility and connectivity.

Held in Huntsville, Alabama, one of the nation’s largest technological hubs, the Summit attracts commercial companies including healthcare, automotive and energy; academia; Department of Defense organizations; and civilian departments and agencies including DHS, NIST, U.S. Army, NASA, TVA, NSF and DOE.

Event Background

Since its inception in 2008, the Summit offers numerous benefits to attendees. Some of the benefits include a diverse offering of educational training sessions, technical and management presentations and keynotes from world-class speakers. The Summit also offers the unique opportunity to networks, showcase solutions and learn new skills.

The Summit is hosted by the North Alabama Chapter of the Information Systems Security Association (NAC-ISSA), Cyber Huntsville Corporation (CHC), Auburn University Research, and University of Alabama in Huntsville.

About Byron DeLoach

A member of Cybriant’s Management team, Mr. DeLoach has 30 years of experience in the areas of IT security, IT infrastructure, and Managed IT Services. As Cybriant’s Director of Adaptive Services, he oversees the delivery of the company’s managed and professional services.

Relating to his current responsibilities at Cybriant, Mr. DeLoach is a certified AlienVault engineer who has personally completed over 200 engagements assisting end-users and

MSSPS in the implementation and tuning of AlienVault technology. He has also taught over 20 classes as an AlienVault instructor. These services have been performed for companies all over the world across a variety of industry verticals including Finance, Retail, Legal, Education, Manufacturing, and Healthcare.

Mr. DeLoach is also an accomplished provider of security risk assessments having completed over 30 assessments for an array of organization ranging from Mid-Market companies to the Fortune 500. He possesses knowledge and expertise with the most accepted security control frameworks such as NIST-CSF, SANs CIS, and ISO 27001.

Prior to Cybriant Mr. DeLoach held a success of leadership and engineering roles responsible for the design, implementation and management of IT infrastructure and security architecture.

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How a Cyber Risk Assessment can Prevent Data Breaches

How a Cyber Risk Assessment can Prevent Data Breaches

At Cybriant, we recommend every new client begin with a cyber risk assessment so your organization will have a full assessment of your current state of security, any gap analysis, and recommendations. Many compliance regulations stipulate the need for an annual risk assessment. Here are three ways a cyber risk assessment can help prevent data breaches.

cyber risk assessmentWhen companies focus on protecting their assets from hackers, they may overlook threat detection. As a result, threats to the network often go undetected for weeks, leaving the organization vulnerable to data theft. Learn how a security risk assessment can show your organization where it is vulnerable to a cyber attack so you can plug holes in your defenses before your organization suffers a breach.

#1 Identify Loopholes in Your Threat Protection

A security risk assessment shows where your system is strong and where it is weak. Using the data, you can hone in on loopholes that represent easy access points for hackers and come up with an action plan to fix things.

Since cyber risk assessments show the broader spectrum of your company’s cybersecurity system, they are useful when key stakeholders need to be talked into making additional investments in cybersecurity. The assessment provides demonstrated proof of vulnerabilities. When confronted with such compelling evidence, many naysayers often change their tune and finally fund the infrastructure that is needed to prevent a data breach.

#2 Fill Gaps in Cybersecurity Coverage

The typical company has several network protection systems in place. These often act as a patchwork, because the systems may be cobbled together from a variety of vendors. The cyber risk assessment will show you where gaps in coverage exist–which hackers can exploit to gain access to your system. Once you’re aware of these gaps, you can identify vendors that offer solutions to fill coverage gaps and fully protect your valuable data.

#3 Comprehensive Cybersecurity Protection

It can be easy to wonder if you are doing enough when it comes to cybersecurity. With a cyber risk assessment, you can stop asking this question because you will have a personalized road map to comprehensive protection. All your organization needs to do is follow the specific actions suggested by your organization’s threat assessment to know that you are protected to best-in-class capabilities.

Cybersecurity is something of a cat-and-mouse game. As companies arm themselves with better protection, hackers either search for easier targets or get more creative in their attacks. By prioritizing your data safety through periodic threat assessments, you can fine-tune your defenses and reduce the likelihood of suffering a devastating data breach.

Cyber Risk Assessment

Our Cyber Risk Assessment is a required step when determining the needs or success of your security program. Following NIST guidelines our risk experts perform interviews, documentation analysis, and walkthrough of physical areas to determine the state of the security program of the client. Our Cyber Risk Assessment is a useful tool at any phase of implementing a security program.

Take a look and get started today: http://cybriant.com/assessments/

Anthony Curlo Joins Cybriant as Vice President Sales

Anthony Curlo Joins Cybriant as Vice President Sales

anthony curloCybriant, an award-winning leader in cybersecurity services, announced today that Anthony Curlo has joined its leadership team as Vice President Sales.

With over two decades of experience selling and delivering services in the Information Technology industry, Curlo has built an unparalleled reputation as an executive leader and trusted advisor to C-level executives in corporations ranging from the Mid-Market to the Fortune 500. Anthony will continue to accelerate the company’s rapid growth through the sale its of strategic and managed services that aid in the creation and management of framework-based security programs. 

 “We are extremely pleased to have Anthony on the team,” said Jeff Uhlich, CEO of Cybriant. “Anthony is a driven, entrepreneurial sales leader with demonstrated success deploying enterprise technology solutions to win new business, grow existing accounts, and achieve profitable revenue growth. He is a problem solver who leverages his technical background to construct innovative solutions that meet and exceed client expectations for business value.”

He has been quoted and recognized in numerous publications, and he has been a featured speaker and panelist at a variety of key industry events and conferences.  Curlo holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Syracuse University where he serves as a member of the Dean’s Leadership Council, and he possesses a Master’s degree in Business Management with highest honors and distinction from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

About Cybriant

Cybriant assists companies in making informed business decisions and sustaining effectiveness in the design, implementation, and operation of their cyber risk management programs. We deliver a comprehensive and customizable set of strategic and managed cybersecurity services. These services include Risk Assessments and vCISO, 24/7 Managed SIEM with LIVE Monitoring and Analysis, 24/7 Managed EDR, 24/7 Real-Time Vulnerability Scanning, and Patch Management. We make enterprise-grade cyber security strategy and tactics accessible to the Mid-Market and beyond. Find out more at http://www.cybriant.com.

3 Amazing NIST 800-171 Facts That You Can’t Afford to Miss

3 Amazing NIST 800-171 Facts That You Can’t Afford to Miss

Big changes are coming around NIST 800-171 requirements for government contractors. Be prepared!

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NIST 800-171

Many external vendors today work with the federal government to help carry out a wide range of business functions. Because of all the sensitive information transferred from the government to these vendors, the government is cracking down on the compliance and security regulations for these vendors – and any companies that work with those vendors or service providers.

Since these services provided by outside vendors and contracts are essential to the federal government, we have provided a list of 3 requirements necessary for any and all government-related contractor and the importance of understanding the specifications of NIST 800-171.

Additionally, federal information is frequently provided to or shared with entities such as State and local governments, colleges and universities, and independent research organizations. The protection of sensitive federal information while residing in nonfederal information systems and organizations is of paramount importance to federal agencies and can directly impact the ability of the federal government to successfully carry out its designated missions and business operations, including those missions and functions related to the critical infrastructure.

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#1 Your Federal Funding Is at Risk If You Are Not Compliant!

Originally, this was the rule for any Department of Defense contractor that stored or transmitted Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI). Known as DFARS Compliance, this regulation went into effect at the end of 2017.

Today, this is being extended to any vendor, service provider, or contractor that is contracted by any entity that work with the federal government.

Here’s the original DFARS wording:

All Department of Defense (DoD) contractors that process, store or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) must meet the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) minimum security standards by December 31, 2017 or risk losing their DoD contracts.

DFARS Safeguarding rules and clauses, for the basic safeguarding of contractor information systems that process, store or transmit Federal contract information. DFARS provides a set of “basic” security controls for contractor information systems upon which this information resides. These security controls must be implemented at both the contractor and subcontractor levels based on the information security guidance in NIST Special Publication 800-171 “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Non-Federal Information Systems and Organizations.” The DFARS cybersecurity rule and clauses and be found at http://www.acq.osd.mil/dpap/dars/dfars/html/current/204_73.htm.

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#2 NIST 800-171 is for ALL Government Contractors – not just those with a DoD contract

If you work with a large government contractor, you may have heard some buzz that all contractors must comply with the NIST framework, specifically NIST 800-171. And not only the contractors but any vendors or service providers that are outsourced by those contractors must also comply as well.

If your organization falls in this category, it’s important to understand what is involved in the specifications of NIST 800-171.

Start with a security assessment to help understand your current state of security. Be sure to work with a company like Cybriant that understands the NIST framework, especially the specifications around NIST 800-171 regulations and can bring you to a state of compliance, so you aren’t at risk of losing business.

Your organization may need to upgrade security policy and procedures as well as ensure your network, email, endpoints, etc. are secure according to the specifications of NIST 800-171.

#3 An Outside Organization Is Your Best Resource

There are more than 100 security requirements in NIST 800-171. While it may seem an easy task to undertake, think about the consequences of not getting it right. Your team needs to understand the language that will be used by federal auditors like controlled information, controlled technical information, controlled unclassified information, etc.

An outside organization will not only help translate any government lingo that your team may not be used to, but they will also help put in real-world terms the tasks that are required to be completed.

Work with an organization like Cybriant to take a high-level look of your organization through a security assessment, and then use our services, technology, and experts to give you granular detail on the steps to become compliant.

If your organization wants to continue receiving grants from the federal government or continue to win government contracts, then it’s important to become compliant with NIST framework early and understand the specifications of NIST 800-171.

Start With an Assessment