We believe in the benefits of cloud computing and the value it can provide to its consumers. To that end, we’ve developed a cloud security architecture and assessment methodology to facilitate the secure adoption of cloud computing in the enterprise. Our leadership utilized this architecture and assessment methodology as the underlying approach when contributing to global and Federal cloud security standards and guidance.

The methodology assists cloud providers and consumers in gaining the needed transparency in the cloud and provide the assurance of security for their data. This results in the secure adoption of cloud services where consumers are able to realize the business and financial benefits of cloud computing.

Properly building security into a system continues to be a challenge. There are tendencies to overly secure a system or implement security controls that are inconsistent with the risks to the information or the information system. This often stems from limited visibility to the security architecture of an organization, misinterpretation of the security requirements, and not fully understanding the purpose of the security controls.

Numerous factors are evaluated in our secure system development approach that results in risk-based decisions that are cost effective for the project and applying the appropriate security controls to the data. Thereby, enabling the business functions the system is developed to support.

The security architecture of an enterprise has a significant impact on the data an organization manages and the development of systems in the environment. A thoroughly designed security architecture has the potential to bring consistent control over an organization, ease the management and reporting obligations of the management team, and offer an infrastructure with a robust security posture.

We approach security architecture through a service-based model that harmonizes the security technology deployed in an enterprise and foster the consistent implementation of security controls. We couple this model with an organization’s governance activities to ensure alignment of business objectives.

There are numerous considerations to make when integrating security technology into an enterprise. It begins with identifying the current security services offered by an organization’s security architecture and with the security requirements of the data it manages. These are then evaluated against best practices and the market’s technology capabilities to identify gaps in practice.

We provide an end-to-end security technology integration solution that brings continuity from requirements to operations. This helps ensure the proper technology is chosen, implemented consistently within the security architecture, and operating as intended. The technology solution is then integrated into the enterprise workflow to ease the transition process.

Managing security operations for an enterprise is complex and challenging as it exercises all aspects of an enterprise’s security program. It requires detailed knowledge of the underlying network infrastructure, the security posture of the systems that reside on it, and the technology used to protect it. It requires business, vulnerability, and threat intelligence to identify risks and properly respond to incidents when they occur.

We can support the management of security operations through disciplined workflows that are derived from the organization’s priorities, policies, and processes. This process-oriented operations will allow for true situational awareness, rapid and intelligent response, and the ability for continuous feedback and improvement.