Organizations live in a world today of ever increasing threats and risk, and they need to prepare for it.
The ICF Ironworks Information Assurance Practice understands that managing risk typically does not contribute to your bottom line, but it certainly enables it. Organizations today face unprecedented expectations to manage risk, driven by demands from government mandates, internal policy, and by shareholder, customer, and industry expectations.
Everything about information assurance can be daunting and overwhelming. Whether you are a security-minded organization that needs a fresh and independent perspective or a company that is living on borrowed time from relentlessly emerging threats, we understand that risks cannot be eliminated, but they can be managed. The ICF Ironworks Information Assurance practice has proven risk-based assurance methodologies that have been forged from numerous and varied client engagements to make security a business enabler rather than a cost center.
Every company should have a current and holistic view of their security posture and threat landscape. ICF Ironworks starts with the factors that drive security: laws and mandates, company policy, contracts, customer needs, service level agreements, industry best practice, and good business sense. We perform a comprehensive analysis of how you respond to those drivers and how you prioritize the efforts to remediate.
Risk Assessments and Business Impact Analysis set the foundation for so many downstream mitigation activities, but many organizations don’t make a concerted effort to perform these crucial tasks regularly. We take time to understand your business processes and supporting assets so that risks, threats and controls can be quantified for tactical and strategic decision making.
How long is it until a service interruption or disaster impairs your ability to do business and affects your bottom line? We do the legwork to find out what makes your organization tick and determine how you can continue operations in the midst of a service interruption and get back to business as usual.
Every company is different and yours is no exception. So, of course your needs around compliance mandates such as Sarbanes-Oxley are different too. Your questions may be around the entire Compliance Process from the Risk Assessment to the Final Assessment, or it may be just one piece of the process. You may need help with all areas of internal controls, or you may just need help with corporate governance, finance internal controls, or information technology general controls. You may have new systems in design and implementation phases and want to ensure that these systems when implemented will not negatively impact your Sarbanes-Oxley attestation.
In any case, our methodologies are risk and process-based to minimize the work-load and provide a value-added assessment. We tailor our methodology to meet your business' individual needs and provide you with a balanced, value-added internal controls assessment.
With the litany of compliance laws, regulations and other demands, companies need to make sure they understand what is expected of them and how to get there. We can provide interpretive guidance on vague and confusing mandates including the HIPAA security and privacy rules, Payment Card Industry data standards (PCI DSS), and Statement of Auditing Standards No. 70 (SAS-70) attestations.
Sometimes building a process to monitor internal controls is not enough. The larger and more complex your business is, the greater the need for Internal Controls software to help to manage the documentation requirements and keep a pulse on the status of various moving parts.
We have developed solutions with core functionality that can be custom tailored to your compliance and business processes:
Intranets, Portals, and Content Management Systems oftentimes become a dumping ground for organizational content with limited processes to prevent redundant, outdated, and trivial material. Additionally, political agendas and lack of management empowerment create ambiguous roles and responsibilities between business owners and IT support staff, fostering a lack of accountability for these crucial communication tools. ICF Ironworks can bring an independent viewpoint that leverages countless web technology implementations paired with governance know-how to ensure your investment is optimized.
With the increasing deployment of cloud computing services and web-based technologies, resources can be accessed and attacked from anywhere. This shift negates the traditional perimeter security model and requires multi-layered security countermeasures, especially at the site and application level. Ironworks can evaluate the assets and find vulnerabilities that traditional security appliances cannot mitigate against to ensure holes don’t go unplugged.
An information asset without considerations for end user provisioning, role interaction, and information confidentiality takes away from the ability to fulfill its objective. ICF Ironworks can quickly understand how user roles should be defined, entitled, and managed while adhering to the concept of least privilege.
The ICF Ironworks Information Assurance practice delivers experience and know-how each time. Our teams are staffed with consultants who focus only on what they know best and have significant experience and excellent client recommendations.