Compliance weighs heavily upon critical infrastructure providers
The US government is expanding its role in oversight and public/private partnerships as 80 percent of critical infrastructure and key resources are owned and operated by the private sector. Regulatory organizations are establishing mandates that require the implementation of secure information technology systems and assets.
To meet these requirements, critical infrastructure organizations must partner with companies that specialize in “total package” security solutions. Our team has extensive experience working with the most senior levels of the U.S. government to foster collaboration and translate security requirements into programs that reduce risks and meet regulatory requirements.
Foreground Security zeros in on four essential areas for our Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CI/KR) clients to meet Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) compliance and build a complete, proactive security posture:
- Strategies, policies and procedures: We help our clients architect a complete IT security plan—with procedural “action steps” that are readily deployable—to exceed the standards of any regulatory directive. We collaborate directly with organizations to address strategies, policies and procedures that impact the infrastructure, the operating systems, the data and the greater good of the organization.
- Reporting and response: Many organizations compile logs of security incidents, but most don’t analyze that data to understand intrusion attempts or better anticipate where the next one will come from. Foreground Security’s input will elevate your organization’s reporting/response efforts into intelligent analysis exercises, diving deeper into patterns to gain insight into the potential for future intrusions. We take an organization-wide approach, correlating data from all the various devices that operate in different silos to “thread the strings together” and make sense of what’s happening. As a result, a comprehensive view emerges that alerts your teams to potential risk.
- Recovery: Some companies don’t even have a recovery plan. That’s a big mistake. We walk clients through the vital steps that address recovery requirements. We inventory the critical cyber assets within their physical location. Then we work with clients to come up with acceptable risk levels, and conduct thorough testing on backup and recovery procedures. We know that operational outages are always of concern with testing for CI/KR companies, which is why we’re happy to stage simulated backup/recovery scenarios—giving clients a clear sense of how to react should a real incident occur.
- Training: Technology personnel often fail to keep up with the latest issues and trends because they manage many legacy security systems that remain static. This provides a false sense of comfort. Our training is designed to keep all of our client’s IT talent well versed in identifying, preparing for and preventing attacks. In addition, we can assist with your cyber exercise needs, as our principles worked in the US Inter-agency, and helped design Cyber Storm II and III.
For many critical infrastructure organizations, the best news is typically no news at all: No security lapses = no outages.
At Foreground Security, we make sure our Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources clients keep the lights on.