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For most organizations, “compliance” does not equal “security”. Compliance often means that you have met a minimally acceptable threshold, as determined by regulators or contracts, for a subset of your operations. Security goals, on the other hand, must be set as a matter of management policy. While it is true that no one can be completely secure, you can set realistic, achievable, measurable security goals.

Take the right steps to securing your environment

As there are so many factors impacting your cyber position, the best place to start is establishing a cybersecurity assessment baseline.

  • Understand business, industry, and government compliance expectations. More than one security framework can fall within your assessment needs.
  • Identify and prioritize which security assessment frameworks are within scope to meet enterprise goals. If more than one framework is in scope, select a best-practice framework for the foundation. 

Our assessment activities are geared toward evaluating and validating the presence and effectiveness of the controls defined in the baseline framework. 

Once assessment activities are completed, the next logical step is to develop a strategic roadmap for gap remediation. We take into account your threats and vulnerabilities, extent of exposure, low-hanging fruit that can be leveraged as quick wins, and available budget. The roadmap has to be achievable, sustainable, scalable, and measurable.

Armed with the results from the assessment and the remediation roadmap, the security team can deliver the prioritized improvement projects.

Multiple frameworks, same expert analysis

Our assessment can be delivered using any best-practice framework, including the NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF), the Center for Internet Security’s Critical Security ControlsCOBIT5, NIST Special Publication 800-53, DoD’s Risk Management Framework, NIST SP 800-171, or any other framework appropriate for your situation. Regardless of the framework you choose, we evaluate the design of your controls and rate their effectiveness using a straightforward “implemented,” “partial,” or “not implemented” control status determination or leveraging a maturity rating procedure such as the capability maturity model (CMM).

The current rating will then be used to identify gaps between the current state of your security controls and management expectations. We then work with your security leaders to identify gap-closing strategies and prioritize corrective actions.

Why Coalfire for cybersecurity assessments?

Since our founding in 2001, Coalfire has established itself as a pure-play, vendor-neutral cybersecurity advisory firm serving as a trusted advisor to executives, legal counsel, compliance managers and security practitioners across numerous industries. We are skilled communicators who present our findings in business terms for truly actionable insights.

Every project is led by a credentialed, industry-savvy senior director and supported by consultants armed with the methodologies, proven proprietary frameworks, insights and know-how.

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