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Securisea Attains “STAR Attestation Auditor” Certification from Cloud Security Alliance

May 28, 2024
Securisea Attains “STAR Attestation Auditor” Certification from Cloud Security Alliance

Firm offers SOC2, ISO + CSA STAR Audits

(Annapolis, MD, May 28, 2024) Securisea, a leading provider of security and compliance services, announced today that they have achieved CSA STAR Attestation (Security, Trust, Assurance and Risk) Auditor Listing from the Cloud Security Alliance. STAR encompasses the key principles of transparency, rigorous auditing, and harmonization of standards outlined in the Cloud Controls Matrix (CCM). Publishing to the registry allows organizations to show current and potential customers their security and compliance posture, including the regulations, standards, and frameworks they adhere to.

Securisea is one of only a handful of audit firms in the world certified to provide CSA STAR, ISO27001 and 27701, SOC2, SOC1, PCI DSS, FedRAMP/StateRAMP 3PAO, HITRUST & HIPAA assessments all under one roof. Their integrated compliance approach allows clients to leverage existing security controls from other frameworks directly into each engagement, reducing overhead and work duplication. 

Founded in 2006, Securisea provides audit support for organizations of all sizes, from startups to some of the world’s most security-minded technology companies. Their customers rely on them to continue to evolve to meet an ever-changing security and compliance landscape, while maintaining a high level of expertise, responsiveness, and customer service to every unique engagement. 

“We are thrilled to be able to add STAR Attest Audit services to our expanding portfolio of security and compliance offerings,” said Josh Daymont, CEO of Securisea.

“Our clients choose us again and again because of the efficiencies they can achieve with multiple assessments through a single auditor. Expanding our offerings to include STAR Attestation Audits, in combination with our strong team of experts, will fuel our growth in the years ahead.”

About Securisea 

Securisea is a leading provider of security and compliance services, helping companies secure their sensitive data and systems. With a personalized approach to customer service and a deep understanding of the unique needs of large enterprise companies, Securisea has built a reputation for delivering reliable, effective, and efficient security and compliance solutions.

For more information, please visit http://www.securisea.com.

Contact Information:
Josh Daymont, CEO
sales@securisea.com

1 877-563-4230

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FedRAMP ATO For Small Businesses: A Wealth of Opportunity

June 28, 2024
FedRamp / StateRamp

While the FedRAMP process can proportionately require more company resources for a small business, there are also advantages. With a smaller team where team members wear multiple hats, in many cases the FedRAMP accreditation process can happen faster than it does for a large corporation burdened with more layers of bureaucracy and silos.

Securisea works with businesses of all sizes, but we offer some strategic advantages when it comes to FedRAMP for small businesses and startups. We are an agile, nimble organization ready to meet you where you are, helping you create a path to FedRAMP ATO tailored specifically to your organization and your cloud-based offering. 

Securisea’s Offerings for Achieving FedRAMP ATO as a FedRamp-Authorized 3PAO

  1. FedRAMP Advisory & Consulting. Our team provides guidance on business strategy and methodologies, system design, remediation efforts, and documentation of the environment and security control implementations. Additionally, Securisea is capable of developing a system security plan (SSP), crafting policies and procedures, and creating other essential system documentation.
  2. FedRAMP Readiness Assessment. Your 3PAO performs the necessary readiness capabilities assessment to evaluate your cloud's preparedness for the complete FedRAMP assessment. 
  3. Pre-Assessment. Securisea conducts a brief "gap" analysis or review of your existing cloud system documentation. The result is a high-level roadmap outlining the next steps along with the estimated levels of effort required for completion.
  4. Assessment. Your 3PAO prepares the necessary FedRAMP documentation, which includes:some text
    1. A Security Assessment Plan (SAP) that utilizes the SSP and inventory gathered in the third step.
    2. A Security Requirements Traceability Matrix (SRTM) to record assessment results.
    3. Vulnerability scans of operating systems, databases, and web applications.
    4. A Penetration Test Report.
    5. A Security Assessment Report (SAR).
    6. A recommendation for authorization.
  5. Continuous Monitoring. Monthly, quarterly, and annual continuous monitoring is required to achieve and maintain the ATO.

For small businesses, achieving FedRAMP certification opens up a vast opportunity to enter and compete in the federal marketplace, unlocking new revenue streams and establishing long-term partnerships with federal agencies. The certification not only signifies a commitment to stringent security standards but also provides a competitive edge, positioning small businesses for growth and success in the lucrative federal sector.

FedRAMP Rev. 5: What Securisea, as an Approved FedRAMP 3PAO, Wants You to Know

June 27, 2024
FedRamp / StateRamp

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) has updated its baselines to Revision 5 (Rev. 5), aligning with NIST SP 800-53 Rev. 5. This update introduces new controls, especially in Supply Chain Risk Management and privacy, heightening the alignment between FedRAMP and NIST standards.

Key Updates

Privacy Enhancements: There are updated privacy requirements across multiple control families, such as role-based privacy training (AT-3), privacy impact analysis for configuration changes (CM-3 and CM-4), and system backup requirements for privacy-related documentation (CP-9). Systems processing Personally Identifiable Information (PII) now need to provide results of privacy risk assessments 

New Control Families: A notable addition is the Supply Chain Risk Management (SR) control family, which addresses risks related to third-party services, products, and supply chains comprehensively. There are also new controls like annual training on social engineering and social mining (AT-2(3)) and public disclosure programs for vulnerabilities (RA-5(11))​ 

Red Team Exercises: For Moderate and High systems, an annual Red Team exercise is now required in addition to traditional penetration testing. This aims to provide a more in-depth cybersecurity assessment​.

Password Requirements: Rev. 5 updates password requirements by eliminating specific elements related to password changes, such as minimum age and reuse restrictions. It mandates maintaining lists of common or compromised passwords and implementing password strength meters​.

Encryption and Configuration Settings: New mandates require the encryption of all data-at-rest and data-in-transit using FIPS-validated or NSA-approved cryptography (SC-8, SC-13, SC-28). Configuration settings now require adherence to DoD Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs), or CIS Level 2 benchmarks if no STIG exists​.

Continuous Monitoring: Enhanced continuous monitoring requirements include joint monthly meetings for CSOs authorized via the Agency path with more than one agency ATO​.

Transition Guidance: The transition plan for Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) depends on their current phase. For those in the planning phase, it involves implementing and testing the Rev. 5 baseline and using updated templates. CSPs already in the initiation or continuous monitoring phases need to identify and address the differences between their current implementation and Rev. 5 requirements​

Affected Parties

All Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) seeking FedRAMP compliance must transition to Rev. 5, impacting those in various authorization phases: planning, initiation, or continuous monitoring.

Transition Timelines

  • Planning Phase: For CSPs new to FedRAMP or in the readiness review process.
  • Initiation Phase: For CSPs already undergoing assessments or preparing for them.
  • Continuous Monitoring Phase: For CSPs with current FedRAMP authorization.

Each phase has specific deadlines to meet the Rev. 5 requirements.

Steps for Transition

  1. Develop a Schedule: Include major milestones and activities for transitioning.
  2. Update Documentation: Use new templates provided by FedRAMP.
  3. Determine Scope of Assessment: Identify specific controls needing assessment.
  4. Complete Security Assessment: Follow updated processes for testing controls.
  5. Submit Required Reports: Prepare and submit the Security Assessment Plan (SAP) and Security Assessment Report (SAR).

How Securisea Can Help

As an approved FedRAMP Third Party Assessment Organization (3PAO), Securisea is equipped to guide CSPs through the transition. We offer expertise in developing schedules, updating documentation, and performing security assessments to ensure compliance with the new Rev. 5 standards.

By leveraging our experience and thorough understanding of the FedRAMP requirements, Securisea helps streamline the transition process, ensuring CSPs meet their compliance goals efficiently.

For further guidance on transitioning to FedRAMP Rev. 5, please visit FedRAMP Rev. 5 Transition Guide.

Navigating PCI DSS 4.0: Key Changes and Strategies

June 19, 2024
PCI Compliance

Ensuring PCI DSS 4.0 compliance is crucial for organizations handling cardholder data. This latest update not only protects against cyber threats and security breaches but also aligns with the rapidly evolving payment industry and its technologies. By adopting PCI DSS 4.0, organizations can promote security as a continuous, proactive process, staying ahead in a constantly changing digital landscape.

With the rollout of PCI DSS v4.0, understanding and preparing for the changes is essential to avoid compliance delays. Here’s what you need to know about transitioning to PCI DSS 4.0:

Key Dates:

March 31, 2024: Old reporting templates are obsolete.

March 31, 2025: Future-dated requirements must be met.

Preparation Tips:

  • Engage Early: Consult a qualified security assessor (QSA) now.
  • Use Readiness Assessments: Gauge your preparedness.
  • Be Efficient: Leverage compliance reporting from other standards

Understanding the Changes:

  • PCI DSS 4.0 increases complexity, requiring detailed documentation.
  • Costs may rise due to enhanced requirements and third-party vendor fees.

Planning Tips:

  • Self-Assessment: Conduct a self-assessment or readiness assessment.
  • Filing Date: Consider moving your filing date to avoid deadline rush.
  • Compliance Essentials: Automate evidence collection and compliance management.

Key Takeaways:

Early planning and preparation are vital to manage costs, reduce frustration, and ensure compliance with PCI DSS 4.0. Talk with a Securisea Expert to ensure your compliance with PCI DSS 4.0 standards.

Why Securisea?

Securisea is one of only a handful of audit firms in the world certified to provide CSA STAR, ISO27001 and 27701, SOC2, SOC1, PCI DSS, FedRAMP/StateRAMP 3PAO, HITRUST & HIPAA assessments all under one roof. Their integrated compliance approach allows clients to leverage existing security controls from other frameworks directly into each engagement, reducing overhead and work duplication. 

  • Broadly certified and trusted by clients
  • 18+ years of successful engagements 
  • Remote presence across the US & Canada
  • Capable and experienced technical team
  • Strive toward client satisfaction
  • Engagement process structured toward maximum simplicity
  • Flexibility with existing systems, tools, and with scheduling
  • Awarded a seat as a GEAR Advisor by PCI Council

Why choose Securisea?

15 year track record of successfully meeting client objectives
Extensive depth and breadth of service offerings
Deep technical expertise in all of our services