Maximize your return on investment with CRI cybersecurity services. CRI believes that effective data protection requires an integrated approach between cybersecurity and the rest of the organization. CRI has spent two decades performing technology managed services with a unified approach, so we know how it’s supposed to be done. Get a holistic approach to cybersecurity with people who know more than just security. Talk with CRI today about what we can do for you.
At CRI, we provide a full range of professional cybersecurity consulting services to help our clients understand and enhance their current security posture. From performing risk assessments to forensics investigations support to security awareness training, CRI experts are here to be your trusted advisor.
Investing appropriately in the safeguarding of your information first requires an accurate understanding of your organization’s risk. There are many kinds of risk, and since the needs of our clients vary, we offer a selection of assessments that most organizations find valuable to have. The scope of our assessments are fully tailored to your needs, and we work with you to understand the value from each type of assessment so you get maximum value.
Audit readiness should never be an end goal in itself, but rather the natural byproduct of a robust program of internal controls and repeatable processes. Audit findings and the impact of findings can have positive and negative effects, so it can be valuable to know where your organization stands. Some audits such as annual financial statements audits require a more specialized review of controls which can lead to more accurate than a typical cybersecurity review. Readiness assessments can be performed at any point in the cycle, such as pre-audit preparedness or baseline/pre-remediation.
Organizations which are just starting a formal cybersecurity program or those wanting to understand the return on investment and maturity of existing programs can benefit greatly from this kind of review. In addition to ensuring the program implements key best practice processes for an all-inclusive program, we examine some of the more challenging things such how staffing, recruiting and retention is handled, as well as managing the budget and utilization of cyber technologies in the organization from a return on investment perspective.
Maintaining a continuous understanding of the many requirements involved with obtaining and keeping compliance with different regulations can be difficult and costly. We have extensive backgrounds in maintaining compliance programs in highly regulated environments and can help you achieve a compliance approach which works. We can also perform comprehensive compliance assessments to determine your level of compliance risk. Frameworks we currently assess for include:
Sometimes an enterprise-wide assessment isn’t needed. If there is a particular risk which needs to be examined, we can assess whether controls are present and operating effectively for targeted programs, processes, or technologies. Examples include:
Many cybersecurity service companies perform a vulnerability scan and call the engagement complete when they hand over the scanning report from their tools. Our assessment services do typically involve scans, but also more in-depth examination of configurations and probing to obtain information which automated tools just can’t get. Our reports contain plain English descriptions of issues, risks, and remediation recommendations. We do not recommend something we are not able to fully explain, or that doesn’t apply to your environment.
Legal departments, internal security teams, and other parts of your organization may have a great need for digital forensics services. Some situations require the need to obtain specific information about how people are using corporate technology assets, including things like email content and Internet browsing history. For “difficult to get" information and to uncover information which users have tried to hide often require digital forensic expertise.
Malicious hackers are more proficient at compromising Internet-facing web applications now more than ever. However, they have also been very successful compromising internal systems as well using sophisticated malware. Penetration testing is designed to do multiple things. First, it can be used to test the hardening of a particular application, system, or network and verify the layers of control are operating effectively. It can also be used, however, to test your internal systems and security teams. Can a system be compromised without anybody noticing? Once a system is compromised, what kinds of data will the actor have access to and what kind of damage can they cause?
We use some of the world’s best-trained people to perform our pen tests. They have highly technical and relevant experience from working previously with multiple intelligence agencies and law enforcement organizations.
Despite the many billions of dollars spent annually on cybersecurity technologies, in the end nearly all security breaches are due to people. People who are tricked into clicking on malicious links in emails from unfamiliar people. People who mistakenly configure a system to expose it to outside attack. People who think that a breach won’t happen to them, so they don’t invest in the right technologies and process to strengthen their organization’s controls.
Awareness training isn’t designed to transform everyone into a security expert. Instead, it is to be aware of what good “cyber hygiene" is all about, whether you are an average end user, a system administrator with privileged accesses, or the leadership of an organization. It’s also to be aware of how to spot a threat and what to do about it. Lastly, it’s about understanding the impact of what happens when good hygiene isn’t followed and how it can affect an organization.
CRI’s awareness training can be a one-time seminar for a select group of employees, a series of different talks to different audiences within your organization, or a managed program of regular talks, online training, and newsletter updates.
Companies are losing billions of dollars every year due to theft of intellectual property, loss of data through ransomware, and damage due to insider threats. Hidden costs can involve loss of customer goodwill due to poor public relations and communications following a major breach. They can also come from a prolonged technical response due to errors in the early hours of incident response.
CRI’s staff have experience responding to very sophisticated intrusions at large organizations. We know what it’s like to go through an incident, the importance of managing many action items at the same time and providing the right advice to management. Our services range from helping you prepare and exercise your company’s incident response plan through to performing the hands-on technical aspects of a real incident response.
A proper emergency response involves people with the right skills to assess and contain a breach situation. A good understanding of how an incident happened and why it happened is vital before taking action to cut it off. Stopping an intruder too soon may alarm the intruder and cause him to cover his tracks in a way he wasn’t before you took action. CRI’s people understand how to assess and contain technical threats. Putting together a sound remediation plan based on best practices will help prevent the same event from occurring again.
Most companies lack the proper technical equipment to respond appropriately to a breach caused by a sophisticated actor. Advanced malware involves cutting-edge endpoint tools to stop and eradicate, and forensic tools with malware analysis capabilities are sometimes needed. CRI brings both the people and technology to incident response, giving you the sword and shield to push back against an attack.
If you’ve been smart enough to put together an incident response plan ahead of time in preparation for the worst-case scenario, investment in an assessment of your readiness plans and capabilities is a good investment. Unless members of your team have gone through one or more real incidents, it is difficult for them to anticipate everything needed as there is no substitute for experience. With CRI’s response readiness assessment, we will examine your current plan, the path of escalation, technical tools, and in-house skill sets and identify some best practices you may not be following. An ounce of prevention is always better than a pound of cure!
While many, if not most, organizations don’t think about incident response until after a breach has occurred, like with most things it is always better to plan in advance. There is no substitute for experience. Creating an incident response plan ahead of time with all of the elements you need to be successful is very important. Training leaders and others on what to expect will only make things go a little smoother during an actual event. Do you know if and when you might cut off access to an intruder? Do you know what and when your messaging to your customers will occur? Do you need to report the issue to regulatory authorities? We will help answer those questions.
You’ve planned ahead, and you want to exercise your incident response plan and keep your people sharp. Defending your networks is a lot like real warfare. The attacks are 24×7 and you need to always be prepared if one is successful. CRI helps by completing guided exercises with your team to walk through different scenarios and decision trees. Real evidence such as a compromised system’s memory dump will be used to see how your team approaches the analysis and execution of your response plan. The best practice is to perform an exercise or red team engagement for your incident response plan once per quarter.
CRI provides customized managed security solutions to fit your organization’s unique risk profile and budget. We carefully tailor our approach to match our services to your current and future needs. Our fully-managed security operations services provide 27/7 monitoring and response services, giving you the peace of mind that your data is guarded. Our hybrid managed services allow your company to partner with us in a completely custom way by choosing the services you want.
Demand for skilled cybersecurity people is at an all-time high. Attacks are as sophisticated and frequent as ever, and the need to ensure adequate safeguards against compromise is a substantial risk in the organization to mitigate. On the other hand, supply for these skilled people is limited. Even if you do manage to find, hire, and afford good staff it can be difficult to retain them. You may also not be able to afford the full range of skill sets which are needed to defend against today’s threats, such as an expert in intrusion and threat intelligence, malware reverse engineering, and data science.
A fully managed service addresses these concerns by shifting those burdens to a service provider who specializes in providing these services. We can afford to have a larger team with more diverse skill sets because we bring those to bear for our clients. Our clients are not security companies and shouldn’t need to spend the resources to maintain one when a managed service can provide a more complete solution at a much lower cost.
Cybersecurity practices are becoming more and more integrated throughout an organization’s technology processes as people discover it is far better to make security a part of the process rather than an afterthought. As a result, some organizations may not find it beneficial to have a managed service provide a full-service cyber operations function and instead would like a customized security-as-a-service approach. CRI can provide tailor-made combinations of services to suit any security need.
It takes at least nine staff to ensure a fully staffed operations center with 24×7 coverage. Having 24×7 coverage with Tier 1 monitoring through a managed service is far more cost-effective than finding and maintaining your own staff. Our staff are dedicated experts and specialize in cybersecurity operations. Second and third level support services are tightly integrated with Tier 1 monitoring and can be adjusted easily based on customer agreement.
With the development of more sophisticated endpoint monitoring capabilities, visibility into endpoint behavior and the ability to detect zero-day threats using machine learning capabilities has never been greater. Malware invasion of an environment most often begins at the endpoint, so identification and response to a threat as quickly as possible are critical. With EDR we deploy software to your endpoints which runs 24×7. It identifies known threats, but also identifies suspicious activity and notifies us when it happens. Using our tools we can respond immediately across all endpoints to contain and eradicate threats.
In situations where a full response team is not needed to respond to an incident, but oversight and direction is needed to coordinate technical efforts and ensure the best response possible, we provide incident management services. If your company does not have a dedicated security team or CISO-like function, we can also advise your company’s leadership as the response unfolds and also recommend a communication plan customized to the event being experienced.
A SIEM is the nerve center for cybersecurity operations analysts in an organization. It has visibility into any data fed into it, whether it be logs, alerts, traps, or unstructured data. Effective SIEM implementations require large amounts of data to correlate different events and produce meaningful analysis. Maintaining a SIEM can easily strain on-prem resources due to storage, licensing costs, and labor resource costs to maintain the SIEM. CRI’s SIEM is cloud-based and designed to handle very large datasets and far more cost-effective than maintaining one by yourself.
The notion of cyber threat intelligence has led to a variety of different concepts and interpretations. At its core, threat intelligence uses information available from various sources to form a living picture of an organization’s exposure by learning and monitoring the tools, tactics, and procedures (TTPs) of malicious actors. Many organizations have entities who persistently try to penetrate them due to a desire for a gain of intellectual property or financial gain. CRI creates and maintains an understanding of external and internal threats by maintaining an understanding of their TTPs to ensure that proper defensive technologies and procedures are implemented to mitigate any attacks appropriately.
Periodic scanning of your perimeter and internal systems is no longer sufficient in today’s threat environment. Daily scanning ensures that new exposures are identified quickly so that prompt remediation may occur before attackers have the time to exploit them. Maintaining the licensing and systems to perform these scans, as well as the expertise to interpret their results, can consume a significant amount of time and money. CRI’s services allow for scanning as frequently as needed, even hourly. They include not just basic network-level scanning, but also application-specific scanning using best of breed commercial tools. A combination of general scanning and web application-specific scanning is always recommended. Credentialed scanning of databases, cloud deployments, and application containers are also highly recommended to provide a complete view of the environment.
CRI Advantage strategically partners with ServiceNow to deliver world class Cyber Security solutions.
Cyber Security is the biggest threat facing your organization. In partnership with ServiceNow®, we help organizations connect security and IT teams, respond faster and more efficiently to threats, and get a definitive view of their security posture. We can implement ServiceNow® to support your internal team or you can outsource Cyber Security to CRI Managed Services.