Security Assessment

Security control assessments are intended to be objective evaluations of an information system's security posture, and security assessment reports (SAR) are similarly expected to be accurate and impartial representation of assessment findings.

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The backbone of our assessments: NIST Special Publication 800-37 Rev2, NIST Special Publication 800-53 Rev5 and  NIST Special Publication 800-53A Rev4.

Interviews

Coordination and interviewing the right point of contact is crucial in minimizing disruption. For example, you wouldn't interview the system owner on technical controls, and you wouldn't interview an engineer on organizational level processes. In addition, understanding the control requirements and being able to translate it accordingly to the audience is critical for meaningful interviews.

Artifacts

Knowing what evidence/artifacts to observe or request is vital in providing supporting evidence to quality security control assessments. It is essential to understanding who owns the servers, operating system and application. In the case of cloud-based systems, being able to differentiate what security/privacy controls are customer responsibility versus the cloud service provider (CSP) responsibility is major.

Examine

Always referring to applicable policy and/or system level documentation within security control assessments allow system stakeholders to see if there are any gaps. The key factor is to have documented policies/procedures that are tailored for your organization's position on security. If you establish policies and procedures and applications to cover all NIST control families, you will be in excellent shape.

Security Assessment Reports

We always submit the report draft to weed out false positives and confirm expectations.

  • Consumable recommendations for remediation beyond merely pointing out security weaknesses.
  • Account for the organization’s industry, business model, and compliance requirements.
  • Augment decision making in balancing risk exposure with the cost of implementing safeguards.
  • Strong executive summary to highlight the key findings and recommendations.

We share our insights beyond regurgitating the data already in existence.

We have assessment workbooks/templates that we tailor during the assessment planning stage, or we can use yours.