Security & Compliance

A compliance audit is a comprehensive review of an organization’s adherence to regulatory guidelines including Director of Central Intelligence Directive (DCID), DoD Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process (DIACAP), NIST, PCI DSS, HIPAA, and SOX. Independent accounting, security or IT consultants evaluate the strength and thoroughness of compliance preparations, where auditors review security polices, user access controls and risk management procedures. BRYTECH uses a holistic approach to security and compliance engagements; where we ensure IT systems are hardened, physical access controls are in place, security protocols and procedures are documented, and risks are thoroughly documented.

The context of a compliance audit can vary based on several factors – the organization is a public or private company, the type of data the business manages, and any transmission or storage of sensitive financial or patient data. For instance, SOX requires any electronic communications to be secured and backups performed with reasonable disaster recovery infrastructure. Healthcare providers storing or transmitting e-health records, like personal health information, are subject to HIPAA requirements. Financial services companies that transmit credit card data are subject to PCI DSS requirements. In each case, the organization must be able to demonstrate compliance by producing an audit trail, often generated by data from event log management software.

BRYTECH can prepare your organization for questions typically asked by compliance auditors, who will generally ask CIOs, CTOs and IT administrators a series of pointed questions during the audit period. These questions will generally target user account management, application change management, access controls, event log monitoring, malware and antivirus activity, backup and business continuity planning, and risk management.   BRYTECH can also assist with selection, configuration, and deployment of GRC (governance, risk management and compliance) software, which enables CIOs to quickly show auditors (and CEOs) that the organization is in compliance and will not be not subject to costly fines or sanctions.

 

Defense-in-Depth Programs

The idea behind the defense in depth approach is to defend a system against any particular attack using several independent methods. It is a layering tactic, conceived by the National Security Agency (NSA) as a comprehensive approach to information and electronic security.

Defense in depth is originally a military strategy that seeks to delay, rather than prevent, the advance of an attacker by yielding space in order to buy time. BRYTECH can design, configure, and deploy the placement of protection mechanisms, procedures and policies intended to increase the dependability of an IT enterprise, where multiple layers of defense prevent espionage and direct attacks against critical systems. In terms of computer network defense, defense in depth measures should not only prevent security breaches, but also buy an organization time to detect and respond to an attack, thereby reducing and mitigating the consequences of a breach.