The recent Russian hacks may be getting all the news, but Federal cybersecurity teams are facing more challenges than ever. XMS Solutions, leveraging a top secret facilities clearance and strong partnership with cybersecurity company BeyondTrust, is stepping up to help.
The greatest threat I face as a brigade commander on the battlefield is not tanks, snipers or IEDs. It’s defending the network.
Whether the goal is to compromise sensitive government data, steal personally identifiable information or disrupt normal operations, the sophistication of attacks is making it more difficult to safeguard the Federal government’s cyber critical infrastructure. Large scale information breaches like those we see in the news often begin with an attacker exploiting a single external vulnerability on a low-level system or through contractor credentials, then capitalizing on privileges to gain access to critical systems and data.
The Best Offense is a Strong Defense
In June of 2015 the Federal CIO Initiated a 30-day Federal Cybersecurity Sprint to accelerate the adoption of several key countermeasures. The result of that sprint informed the development of the Cybersecurity Strategy and Implementation Plan (CSIP) which incorporates ongoing progress reporting and corrective actions. It also emphasizes the government-wide adherence to NIST standards and FISMA Metrics. The CSIP lays the groundwork for strengthening cybersecurity in Federal civilian agencies through five objectives:
- Prioritized Identification and Protection of high value information and assets;
- Timely Detection of and Rapid Response to Cyber Incidents;
- Rapid Recovery from incidents when they occur and Accelerated Adoption of lessons learned from the Sprint assessment;
- Recruitment and Retention of the most highly-qualified Cybersecurity talent available
- Efficient and Effective Acquisition and Deployment of Existing and Emerging Technology
The NIST controls are categorized by baselines that cover a wide range of operational areas – technology, training, processes, reporting, and physical infrastructure.
XMS, BeyondTrust Federal Cybersecurity Team
The BeyondTrust team provides technology to address the threat AND meets the SP-800 53 Revision 4 recommendations necessary for Federal cybersecurity compliance. XMS brings the security experts, skilled on BeyondTrust technology and in possession of the top secret facilities clearance necessary to help Federal IT teams.
The XMS team leverages solutions like BeyondTrust’s Powerbroker Privileged Access Management Platform and BeyondInsight Clarity Threat Analytics to implement best practices that can be employed to protect our valuable assets.