At SDS we work with clients like the federal government to build a foundation for modernization without sacrificing security or quality. Our approach hinges on the internal practices of the organization that we are supporting. SDS has a comprehensive approach in providing effective Assessment and Authorization (A&A) and Continuous Monitoring processes. Several federal agencies have benefited from using our Assessment and Authorization Testing Services. Our cybersecurity assessment efforts have been effective for determining the likelihood of existing vulnerabilities, identify potential threats, predict the impact of threats, analyze cybersecurity controls, remediating the vulnerabilities, and minimize gaps in security. Our A&A process ensures that security weaknesses are identified and plans for mitigation strategies are in place. SDS has a Continuous Monitoring Support in place for providing real-time information about security activity, including outside attacks, unauthorized access, and control failures to reduce cybersecurity risks and the potential harm from cyberattacks and data breaches. We are providers of CIMTRAK which is on the CISA approved CDM list. CIMTRAK can help an organization secure a network or network configuration. We provide the most important part of Zero Trust Architecture: Integrity. This assists organizations to get value from their SIEM by easily finding the needle in the haystack. The majority of SIEM systems search for events that may have occurred in a network. We tell the system “What is good” allowing for cost and resource savings. No more of the 206 days to discovery and remediation.

SDS provides cybersecurity metrics that can assess the state of security at all levels and verify compliance with information security policies derived from functions, policies, standards, guidelines, and best practices. We monitor the continued effectiveness of all security controls and improve awareness of threats and vulnerabilities using our Continuous Monitoring Support.

SDS uses an approach based on a set of risk management principles. We provide a suite of services supporting holistic risk-reducing activities. Our Cyber experts use NIST Cybersecurity Framework (NIST CSF) to prevent, detect, and respond to cyber-attacks. We realize that with the vast number of threats in cyberspace, a structured and holistic approach to security is a requirement. We understand how the National Security and Cybersecurity Policy is used to safeguard valuable assets, critical infrastructure, sensitive data, and information systems thus build resilience into systems. We provide online risk assessments for organizations. Our executive threat assessment process examines the online environment for potential physical and information security risks (cyber-physical).

Our expertise in the application of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) extends to the Operational Technology (OT) most organizations must also manage.OT encompasses a broad range of programmable systems or devices that interact with the physical environment (or manage devices that interact with the physical environment). These systems/devices detect or cause a direct change through the monitoring and/or control of devices, processes, and events. Examples include industrial control systems (ICS), building automation systems, transportation systems, physical access control systems, physical environment monitoring systems, and physical environment measurement systems.

Although regulations do not instruct organizations on how to control or secure their systems, they do require that those systems be secure in some way and that the organization proves to independent auditors that their security and control infrastructure is in place and operating effectively. The enterprise RMF has become an established approach to identifying and managing systemic risk for an organization. And, more and more, this approach is being applied in such diverse fields and corporate environments. SDS is your partner to reduce risk and achieve a better cyber posture.