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Cyber-attacks threaten municipal, state and federal governments

Ransomware attacks cost American government entities about $18.88 billion in recovery costs and downtime in 2020 according to Comparitech’s 2021 report.

The #1 cause of data breaches is human error. In fact, today it stands at 95%.
How can agencies curb the risk of information security risk?

Data breaches often succeed because of a lack of clear guidance and consistent implementation of security protocols at all organizational levels. Many government agencies have fallen behind in several key data security practices including personnel training, data protection procedures, and proper information disposal.

Without well-defined and documented security policies and procedures, your agency becomes more vulnerable to cyber-attacks and has a higher degree of failing the recovery efforts.

We work alongside your team to develop comprehensive IT Security policies and procedures that align with your agency’s goals and work for your employees to ensure consistent conduct.

CRI helps you achieve operational security, compliance and efficiency

Developing IS policies and procedures internally can be a daunting task. Often, agencies are stretched for time and resources. While management and technical staff may be highly competent, they may simply lack experience in developing comprehensive and regulatory-compliant program documentation.

To be operationally secure, IT policies and procedures need to be specified and documented to detail the people, processes and technology that are in place to keep the organization’s data and IT assets protected from unauthorized disclosure, corruption or loss.

CRI offers the subject-matter expertise and proven experience to help you develop effective IS policies faster and cost-effectively.

Information Security Policy

Why work with CRI?

Our success is defined by how quickly the policies are adopted at all levels of your organization and implemented consistently and without fail.
  • Significant experience with document development
  • Industry best practices memorialized for ongoing use and application
  • Identify deficiencies and other policy gaps and errors
  • An impartial system for assessing non-compliance and remediation with clear and consistent expectations
  • Subject matter expertise in specific compliance and functional areas
  • Ability to properly understand internal controls and non-compliant employee behavior
  • Well-drafted policies and procedures as a foundation for corporate training
  • Improved long-term strategic planning and governance practices

Attacks will happen. Face them with confidence.

IT security policies is your roadmap for preventing and recovering from data breaches.

A Roadmap to Manage Risk
  • Methodology to determine acceptable risk
  • Planned controls to reduce information security risk to the organization
Implementation and Enforcement Guidelines
  • Develop training procedures
  • Define rules for expected employee behavior
  • Define consequences for non-compliance
A Means to Ensure Regulatory Compliance
  • Develop framework to navigate the increasingly complex compliance landscape (GLBA, PCI, HIPAA, SOX, and NIST CSF, to name a few)
  • Assurance against regulatory sanctions
  • Document evidence of regulatory compliance
Accountability
  • Defined authority/responsibilities for policy implementation
  • Outline the process for acceptance of responsibilities
Awareness
  • Shared understanding of the gravity of security threats
  • Shared understanding of individual responsibilities in threat prevention

Document a clear and concise plan for avoiding threats and reducing risk

The goal is simple. Create a plan of action that informs employees how to keep your data and technology protected against outside threats.

CRI will analyze your unique requirements and help develop well-constructed security policies that lay out the applicable rules, regulations and procedures into clear and concise documents. We will also incorporate your existing policies, procedures and practices into a cohesive policy framework unique to your organization’s needs.

These documents serve as a resource for your employees, outlining the ways your agency stores, protects and disseminates information as well as what is expected of each employee.

With clear policies and practices, employees can more easily comply with the guidelines you specify – and keep your agency’s information and assets safe.

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How it works

Our information security analysts help you tailor your policies and procedures to your specific organizational needs and compliance requirements.

Risk Assessment

Our analysts will assess risk to the organization’s information assets and employ this information to define purpose, the scope, responsibilities, and methods of ensuring compliance. The policy elements (controls) will be designed to reduce the risk to the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the organization’s systems and data. This control will later be articulated in the organization’s policies and procedures.

Compliance Assessment

We will inventory applicable compliance frameworks and conduct an analysis of your current regulatory compliance requirements and any existing gaps in compliance. These prescribed requirements are then combined with the risk reduction controls identified above to create the outline of your policy framework.

Determine Audience

We will analyze the intended users of the policies and procedures and tailor the level of detail and complexity to the target audience. We ensure managers have the information they need to organize and plan security program requirements, while technical staff will have specific details, they need to implement technical and procedural controls.

Determine Policy Scope

Based on the information gathered above, CRI will summarize what needs to be protected, where it is, who is responsible, and a summary of the policy elements to achieve these goals.

Capture Policy Details

We will review existing policies, procedures, and job aids, and interview staff, to determine the Who, What, When, and How for each prescribed compliance or risk management requirement.

Review & Refine

We will coordinate with key staff throughout the development process to ensure the accuracy, sufficiency and clarity of policy statements, and will employ our expert quality assurance to ensure that the policies are easily understood by the intended audience.

Smarter Policies Mean Safer, More Efficient Government

Get well-written policies and procedures that better protect your agency and its employees with CRI’s IT security documentation services.

Proven experience, innovative solutions, reliable partnership

At CRI, we tackle challenges with innovative solutions that produce quality, cost-effective results. Whether government or commercial, we have the experience and expertise to meet your expectations.

Written policies and procedures are not simply documents for regulators and auditors. Our policy drafting services are for public sector agencies looking to encourage consistent conduct. When drafting policies and procedures, we actively assess organizations’ corporate cultures to create functional documents. Our policies are created for ease of use, readability, regulatory compliance, and to promote comprehension and operational efficiency.

CRI subject-matter experts are equipped with decades of experience in obtaining and maintain compliance with multiple industry and government standards.

We are certified
  • ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management Systems (QMS)
  • ISO 27001:2013 Information Security Management Systems (ISMS)
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.2