July 2018 Update: The Future of Cyber is Now

I can’t believe another six months have passed and EmeSec remains as busy as ever. We are participating in multiple industry audit, compliance and cyber activities.  We continue to promote and facilitate entrepreneurship, innovation and cyber protection in the Federal government marketplace such as AFCEA Shark Tank. Earlier this year, we were named the winner of a Silver Stevie® Award in the Veteran-Owned Business of the Year category in the 16th Annual American Business Awards and we have recently been named as a semi-finalist for the DC Moxie awards. 

Additionally, I am very proud to be the Marketing Chair of the VETS 2 Industry Partner group supporting and promoting awareness of the VETS 2 GWAC.  Our focus has been to establish and drive critical awareness about the advantages of this contract vehicle and its benefit for Agencies that contract with and support Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Businesses (SDVOSB).  

In addition to building out our existing expertise and offerings, we are expanding our support to Federal Government audits around NSA Section 5.11 audits, updates to FedRAMP and CUI requirements and associated consulting or testing, and expanding of our presentations and discussions on the impact of emerging technologies like IoT/AI/blockchain.  The impact extends to supply chain security, cyber policies addressing security attributes and system security plans. Chief executives and boards of directors are realizing that cybersecurity failures can be catastrophic to their businesses. Now with new guidance and requirements outlined in GDPR, HIPAA, FedRAMP, and CUI, customers are looking to us to help them establish, manage and secure new and existing data flows to ensure compliance and avoid heavy penalties. 

We hear more and more directly from CEOs that they are looking to provide more oversight of cybersecurity. According to Accenture’s 2018 State of Cyber Resilience report (via FierceCEO), two-thirds of CEOs and boards now have the ultimate say for its organizational role, and nearly as many (59%) have control of its budget -- nearly doubling last year’s figure.  SMBs are now looking for companies like EmeSec to provide the extended check and balance to their senior and executive decisions as a due diligence or risk mitigation strategy. Kind of fun for EmeSec and definitely an additional advantage for the organization. 

As a company always looking to remain at the helm of these issues, we are discussing them at industry conferences and forums. If you are interested in learning more about our expertise, here are the upcoming events where you can listen to our presentations:

·     CISC 18, October 9th-10thin Washington, DC; EmeSec will discuss adapting GDPR standards to NIST 800-53 Rev. 5

·     (ISC)2 Annual Security Congress, October 8th-10th, New Orleans, Louisiana; Maria Horton will discuss compliance and cybersecurity

·     CloudExpo 2018, November 12-13 – Maria Horton is presenting at CloudExpo at the new DXWorldEXPO within the program.  The focus on her presentation relates to providing well-poised organizations with information for meeting the evolving compliance requirements of smart devices with AI, IoT, and BlockChain capabilities.  

We also presented at the IoT North America conference.  Maria Horton’s presentation discussed how to prepare IoT for AI and Regulatory Compliance. Reach out to us if you are interested in obtaining the presentation. We are at info@emesec.net

As privacy and security become more intertwined than ever, the cyber industry has an incredible opportunity to drive new and innovative approaches and we are going to stay involved in shaping smart and pragmatic strategies for SMBs.