Information Technology is the massive operational infrastructure that helps run almost all aspects of business, from individual workstations, to communication tools, data processing, as a management platform for a variety of business operations, and as a source for analytics.
But reliance on all of this critical infrastructure to do so much more than ever before, also attracts malicious actors of all shapes and sizes, from individuals to criminal organizations, to corporate espionage, to activists, and even governments.
Reliance on all of this critical infrastructure to do so much more than ever before, also attracts malicious actors of all shapes and sizes, from individuals to criminal organizations, to corporate espionage, to activists, and even governments.
And this means across multiple aspects of your operations. There are several reasons for this.
The technical capability of malicious actors continues to improve. Not only are new vulnerabilities discovered in a variety of IT products every day, as manufacturers, software developers, and service providers race to repair these vulnerabilities, but malicious technologies are also advancing with automated scanning and attacking software to gain a fast foothold into infrastructure, and combined with advances in social engineering skills, and the latest in artificial intelligence or advanced heuristics based hacking, malicious actors no longer need to be expert hackers in order to perform advanced attacks against thousands of companies at the same time.
And once that foothold is gained, advanced software or skilled hackers can then begin the intended bad behavior, whether it’s stealing data, ransomware, reputation attacks, or service attacks. Security solutions have, in turn, continued to evolve to help fight the changing landscape of malicious activity and accidental exposure.
Adding security to a stable, unchanging environment is difficult enough. But the more agile the business, the more a business needs to modify operations to accommodate changing needs, or changing external forces, like the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, the more challenging it becomes to ensure secure, safe, accessible working environments for employees.
And no market is immune. While enterprises already understand the importance of both a broad and deep security methodology, and are better able to consider security issues across all aspects of an operation, many companies still struggle with the idea of a baked in security philosophy, in part because doing so seems expensive, and in part because many companies don’t believe they are a target.
Enterprises have another security concern, and that’s regulatory compliance. In an effort to establish a more standardized security to help bring as many corporations up to par as possible some all public and even private companies, and for some industries, are required by law to achieve a certain level of security for different types of operations. Whether it’s an effort to protect consumers, employees, ensure appropriate utilization of financial tools, or more specific industry based security, regulatory compliance is a real concern for a broad range of companies. There are general and industry specific regulations to comply with as well. Well known regulations like HIPAA, PCI, and GDPR, common acronyms in today’s consumer security conscious world, as well as more specialty compliance regulations like FISMA, NZPA, CCPA, and even IT related regulations in more generalized legislation, like GLBA and SOX. Many private companies may consider themselves exempt and might be surprised to learn that compliance is a legal requirement, that could cost companies millions in penalties if audited and gaps in compliance are discovered.
True security doesn’t end at the cyber level. In an age where every type of technology is connected to a network and in turn to the internet, facilities security is now just as important as cyber security, even for an online business. Whether it’s to protect an office, a building, or a facility, physical security is more than ever, a critical part of the safe operations for many corporations.
There are several components to the 3GC engagement model.
Compliance Our comprehensive assessments help organizations identify gaps in their existing security controls an determines whether their critical assets are fully protected. Pandoblox provides both technology-specific assessments and comprehensive, program-wide cybersecurity program assessments. We help customers find and fix vulnerabilities in the security architecture before they are exploited by threat actors.
Business-Focused Security Advice Assessment findings are always linked back to the wider perspective of your cybersecurity program and business objectives.
Prioritized Feedback Recommendations are rankeda ccording to urgency curated for your business roadmap to help clients address critical vulnerabilities first.
Tailored Assessments Cybersecurity Assessment can be a holistic view of your security posture or focused on specific technologies, dependent on customer needs.
Identify Weak-Points Uncover cybersecurity gaps in people, process, and/or technologies before they are exploited.
When it comes to security, there is no silver bullet, but with an experienced team with executives who have led some of the largest IT operations in the world, 3GC Group can help companies fine tune security analysis and help refine security implementation roadmaps without unnecessary spending on expensive security infrastructure or services. Unlike other, more academic security assessments that follow a rigid and often time consuming process, 3GC’s assessments are a hybrid of studied frameworks and practical application that allows for a thorough, compliant, and effective security assessment in a fraction of the time.
3GC’s security team has worked with a variety of security frameworks, including ANSI, CIS, ISO 27K, NIST, COSO, and others, in preparing large IT operations for in depth security audits. Critically, our security experts understand how to bridge the critical speed needed to get the job done under tight business pressures while bringing in the components of well known security frameworks that matter most.
Even the most experienced security expert cannot intuit all of the security needs of an IT operation for a business to operate efficiently. To that end, security frameworks have evolved to help ensure that nothing is missed in the effort to secure an overall business operation from an IT perspective. There are many security frameworks used by companies to help understand where a company’s security is today, and where the gaps are, to help prioritize next step security implementations. While there are a number of popular frameworks, the better known ones include ANSI, CIS, ISO 27K, NIST, COSO, COBIT, and SOC/SOC2.
In a world without time or business pressures, a complete evaluation can provide benefits, especially from a reporting, archival, and auditing perspective. But truly effective security in a fast paced world requires a