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Trusted Partner Services

Woodstar Labs uses a quantifiable assessment process built on the NIST/DoD/HIPAA security policies and regulations.  Using the framework, we help organizations to better understand, manage, and reduce their cybersecurity risks.

Our team has a diverse range of experience and training that includes deep expertise in the fields of cybersecurity, information technology, and operational technology. Our team members have served as cybersecurity advisors for Fortune 500 companies, senior Federal government personnel, and as leaders pushing the boundaries of cyber threat intelligence and analytics.

Our Trusted Partner Services consists of:

  • CISO as a Service (CaaS)
  • Penetration Testing
  • Incident Management and Response
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • Security Risk Management
  • Cyber Project Management
  • Cloud Migration

Our specific areas of focus are:

  • Organizational cybersecurity programs
  • Policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines
  • Incident management
  • Threat and risk management
  • Leadership
  • Communications, training, and outreach
  • Research and analysis

Cybersecurity Operation Areas

Trusted Partner Services

CISO as a Service (CaaS)

Some organizations don’t have a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO), and some organizations have an existing CISO who needs the guidance of a senior expert to improve their security or compliance. CISO as a Service (CaaS) program provides a solution to help organizations like these effectively build, implement, and manage a complete security program.

Woodstar Labs offers CISO as a Service (CaaS) program to clients across the defense and critical infrastructure sectors. Through this service, we provide a team of subject matter experts to support clients with top-tier guidance and expertise on a wide array of cybersecurity-related activities on information, and operational technology systems. Our mission is to serve the needs of clients in these sectors that have critical cybersecurity needs but face financial and/or human resources challenges.

Our CaaS team has a diverse range of experience and training that includes deep expertise in cybersecurity and information technology fields. Every organization is unique with its own set of concerns, architectures, risks, and threats. The diverse background of our CaaS team allows us to adapt solutions for each client while still applying industry best practices and providing expert guidance.

Penetration Testing

Penetration testing, which is also sometimes called pen testing or ethical hacking, is an attempt to test the effectiveness of an organization’s security controls by exploiting weaknesses or vulnerabilities in computer systems. Penetration testing helps organizations obtain information about the different ways hackers can gain unauthorized access to their data. These tests serve as a type of fire drill for organizations, where a tester emulates an attacker trying to gain unauthorized access to an organization’s sensitive information.

Every organization that takes its IT security seriously, needs to make sure that its IT infrastructure has undergone pen tests. Doing penetration testing on a regular basis ensures consistent IT and network security management. Penetration testing is a must for organizations that have recently relocated to a new office, have modified end-user policies, have applied security patches, and to those organizations that have made upgrades or changes to their IT infrastructure or applications.

AUI’s Woodstar Labs conducts the following types of pen tests:

  1. Web application
  2. Network (internal and external pen tests)
  3. Mobile application
  4. Cloud
  5. Firewall
  6. Social engineering

Speak to our cybersecurity experts to learn more about the benefits of penetration testing and which type of pen test fits your needs and requirements.

Incident Management and Response

It is important for an organization to identify, analyze, prevent, and respond to a security incident as soon as it happens. The faster a security incident, cyber threats, and data breaches are managed, the lesser is the damage done, and the lower is the cost of recovery. The process of identifying, analyzing, and determining an organizational response to computer security incidents is called incident management and response.

Woodstar Labs delivers cybersecurity incident response services to our clients who have been attacked by major security incidents or minor anomalies. Our approach is to determine the causes of the incident, recover lost information, and reduce future vulnerabilities, among other services. We understand that one-size-doesn’t-fit-all, and so we have multiple options to find a solution to your specific needs.

 

Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery

Does your organization have a business continuity and disaster recovery plan? A business continuity (BC) plan and a disaster recovery (DR) plan protect personnel and assets of the organization and make sure that they function quickly after a cyber security breach or a physical security breach, or a natural disaster, or man-made events occur.

A business continuity plan includes, determining how the risk identified will affect operations, implementing safeguards and procedures to mitigate risks, testing procedures to ensure they work, and lastly, reviewing the process to make sure that it is up to date. On the other hand, a disaster recovery plan is a short-term tactical plan that focuses on the immediate response and recovery of critical IT systems during a disruption. This plan contains procedures for emergency response such as assessment, salvage, repair, and eventual restoration of damaged facilities and systems.

Disruptions can lead to loss of revenue, brand damage, drives up cost, and inconvenience to customers. So what are you doing to prepare for it? Woodstar Labs will work with your team to provide operational resilience solutions through a proven approach that creates and implements an operational resilience framework to protect and enable your critical infrastructure. Our resilience-focused approach is agile, adaptive, based on exacting business standards, and directly applicable to critical infrastructure and your enterprise resources. We look forward to assisting your organization in its operational resilience journey.

Security Risk Management

Cybercriminals are always on the lookout to exploit vulnerabilities in the system. If they are successful in exploiting the system, it results in the loss of the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of an organization’s assets. Compromising on the security of an organization’s assets and operations can lead to the loss of customer confidence, in turn leading to a bad reputation, and then eventually affecting the bottom line. That’s why, security risk management is necessary because it identifies, assesses, evaluates, treats, and prevents security problems to the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the system and its information.

Woodstar Labs uses a quantifiable assessment process built on the NIST Cybersecurity Framework to create a solid information security risk management process for our customers. It is important for an organization to understand that security risk management is not a one-time security project. Rather, it is a continuous activity–it is a cycle. An organization that has a security risk management process in place knows and understands the risks to which it is exposed. It also means that the organization has gone out of its way to deliberately evaluate the risks and strategies in place so that it can remove the risk, reduce the likelihood of the risk happening, or minimize harm if something happens.

We are committed to helping our clients to:

  • Identify the risks: What? When? Where? How? Who?
  • Assess the risks: Likelihood, Consequence
  • Evaluate the risks: Tolerance, Acceptability
  • Treat the risks: Avoid, Share, Exploit, Accept, Reduce

Learn more about our approach by reaching out to one of our experts.

Cyber Project Management

According to a project management survey by consulting firm McKinsey & Co., leaders at all levels of an organization say that project management techniques have enabled their teams to decrease IT project risks, cut costs, and better their success rates in the short and long term. Similarly, for cybersecurity projects to be effective and efficient, the IT and security teams must implement a solid project management plan. 

Woodstar Labs has a skilled and experienced cybersecurity team that can help ensure that your projects are executed smoothly, while staying on budget, within the timeframe that was planned, and utilizing the workforce more efficiently and effectively. We will help you leverage project management into your cybersecurity initiatives and projects.

Cloud Migration

As the world is becoming more and more digital, most organizations have now moved from traditional IT environments to cloud deployments to support their IT, security, and business needs. Many of these organizations are looking to the cloud to be more efficient, lower operating costs, and to better serve their customers.

Since cloud providers are not responsible for the security aspects of cloud environments, organizations that move to the cloud have to make sure that the services provided by the cloud provider are evaluated in terms of security controls, privacy, impact, performance, and adherence to service level agreement parameters. Woodstar Labs can make an assessment of the security controls in the information system to determine the extent to which the controls are implemented correctly, operating as intended, and producing the desired outcome with respect to the security requirements for the system.

Reach out to us to learn how we can work together to protect your cloud-based systems, data, and infrastructure.

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