Even the most cautious tend to take security for granted. Companies often fail to examine security until they are placed in a pressure situation. The Georgetown Group applies years of security expertise to assess your vulnerabilities and implement sound practices that will help you breathe easy during your pressure situations.
There is no one-size-fits-all to security. A comprehensive approach to securing assets, intellectual property, innovation, infrastructure and personal safety requires technical knowledge, subject matter expertise and dedication to understanding specific security needs. The Georgetown Group’s approach to security relies on our dedication to managing the unique needs of our clients. Because security does not exist in a vacuum, we craft each security assessment, implementation plan, executive protection detail, extraction plan, and cyber security management plan to fit your specific environment, budget, and operational situation. Our philosophy demands a hand-crafted approach to security, utilizing experts drawn from top former military, law enforcement, and intelligence personnel that have the specific knowledge and experience to address your security problem in a manner that protects your most critical assets and mitigates legal and reputational liability.
“Threats to cyberspace pose one of the most serious economic and national security challenges
of the 21st century for the United States and our allies.”
~ White House Cyberspace Policy Review
The Internet grew from a network of researchers to a global nervous system because practically anyone could access it from anywhere in the world. The Internet has brought about a golden age of communication; information sharing and virtual communication has occurred between cultures that may have never crossed paths. It made a very large world very small. But the Internet is not a safe environment. It is a frontier. The Poneman Institute recently found that the mean annual cost of cybercrime in 2012 was $8.9 million per company and companies experience an average of 1.8 cyber attacks per week. According to US Investigators, China has stolen terabytes of sensitive data – from usernames and passwords for State Department computers to designs for multi-billion dollar weapons systems – from a variety of United States companies, agencies and individuals. The threat is not only external. In a recent study, 60% of employees admitted to taking data of one sort or another from their employers.
The Georgetown Group understands that a critical component of any successful business is connectivity and collaborative access to networks. We also know that our clients have information that others desire to gain through unscrupulous and illegal methods. The Georgetown Group offers a comprehensive cyber security management structure that relies on detailed analysis and understanding of your network and information control practices, a review of intellectual property and information protection policies, computer forensics and information systems monitoring. We work with you to develop a customized incident response strategy that addresses not only the external hacking and social engineering risks, but addresses internal vulnerabilities from the disgruntled employee to a spy in your organization. Following our philosophy of hand-crafted client service, we recommend practical solutions to protect the flow of information across your organization, while mitigating cost and avoiding adding overly complicated processes to your business practices.
When your data is at risk, the hidden attack can cripple an organization. The Georgetown Group employs an alliance of information security experts, engineers, cyber sleuths, and risk control experts to ensure that your system infrastructure is built to withstand threats without causing excessive uproars or create a system that exists in a constant state of crisis. We understand how to defend your systems by being proactive and installing solutions to secure your sensitive information before your enemies discover your vulnerabilities.
Our cyber security services go beyond retroactively securing and proactively building networks. The Georgetown Group employs a holistic approach to cyber security that includes training our client’s managers and employees in basic security precepts that can often mean the difference between catching a hacker or spy and loosing critical sensitive information to a competitor.
In conducting our cyber security assessments and implementation we examine four main areas of concern:
I. Analysis of Sensitive Information Control Practices: The Georgetown Group understands that every organization and person has a different level of cyber security need. Accordingly, practices and policies to protect intellectual property and sensitive information will differ. When performing a cyber security vulnerability assessment, our cyber team collects information related to your reporting structure, access to information policies, network resources, and practices to protect the integrity of your data. We then work with our client to hand-craft policies and procedures that fit the specific needs of the organization and defend against threats.
II. Cyber Vulnerability Study: Most companies store their sensitive information and intellectual property electronically. The failure to install sufficient controls to mitigate threats and prevent loss of data will result in cyber theft. Our cyber security team uses state of the art techniques, software and proprietary technology to analyze network and information protection control vulnerabilities, discover data security risks, identify whether compartmentalization of critical information is sufficient, and spot potential internal and external sources of attack. Some areas we might examine include: network security, physical security, Web application analysis, enterprise IT risk assessment, and a review of the wireless security structure.
III. Penetration Testing: One of the most efficient methods of discovering vulnerabilities is to simulate an attack on the network and organization in order to discover security deficiencies. During a penetration test, our security experts will seek to gain access to your sensitive information utilizing a variety of methodologies including, social engineering (pretexting, tricking and phishing) attempts, network intrusions, and other typical and proprietary cyber attacks. A penetration test provides you the confidence to know that weaknesses in your network defenses, both electronic and social, are discovered and corrected by our team before your enemies exploit them.
IV. Cyber Security Implementation Plan: Once we know your vulnerabilities, and have fully tested your system to simulate an attack, the Georgetown Group works closely with you to provide a detailed report on our findings, with practical and actionable recommendations for mitigating vulnerabilities.
V. Cyber Security Training and Policy Implementation: The Georgetown Group will train your personnel to manage the cyber security system we build for you. We work with your executive team to draft or revise policies that control and protect sensitive information. We also hold training sessions for your employees and managers, either in person or web-based to educate your organization on cyber penetrations and provide practical advice to discover weaknesses and attacks, report them timely and proactively, and help prevent the loss of critical information.