Assessment and Compliance

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Develop Your Risk Management Process and Achieve Cybersecurity Compliance

An ongoing review of network configurations and security practices is the best way to reduce cyber vulnerabilities and keep up with industry security standards. M.A. Polce offers a variety of options to help you identify threats, uncover vulnerabilities, test your defenses, and guide you toward regulatory compliance. 

Improve Your Cybersecurity Posture with the Right Tools: Penetration Tests, vCISO, Risk Assessments, and more.
The threat landscape is changing, but you don’t have to struggle to keep up. Using proven methods based on the NIST CSF, CIS and other frameworks, M.A. Polce can regularly evaluate your security practices, build roadmaps to advance your cybersecurity maturity, and help manage security implementation to maximize your organization's posture long-term.
Stress-free Cybersecurity Compliance for Our Clients
Get help addressing your most critical cybersecurity compliance challenges like adhering to industry standards and meeting customer data protection expectations. M.A. Polce's compliance program helps organizations evaluate and understand risk, develop a framework to protect sensitive data, and mitigate data breach threats. These services assist in building a compliant company culture that establishes your organization’s integrity and overall security maturity.
Find out Which Assessment is Right for You
From security and risk assessments to vulnerability scans, penetration tests, tabletop exercises, and more, M.A. Polce offers a variety of assessment services to build strong risk management programs. Talk to an expert to determine which type of assessment is right for your organization and how we can support your cybersecurity readiness and compliance needs.
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Key Benefits: Assessment and Compliance Services

M.A. Polce tailors its assessment and compliance offerings to best suit client needs in the modern cyber landscape. By pairing an organization’s specific security goals with applicable industry standards, M.A. Polce’s security experts develop effective assessment strategies for your organization. Some of the benefits you receive when partnering with M.A. Polce for assessment and compliance services include:

Industry Compliance

Evaluate your technology and security deployment with NIST CSF, CIS, and other industry-recognized frameworks.

Expert Insights

Get comprehensive reports from experienced security analysts to guide your cybersecurity decisions.

Advanced Tools

Leverage the latest technologies to uncover vulnerabilities, evaluate risk, and test your network defenses.

Solution Confidence

Enjoy customized solutions that meet your strategic and financial needs, delivered in a way that works for you.

Concerned About the Latest Cyber Threats?

With an ever-changing cybersecurity landscape, it’s hard to stay in front of the bad guys. Most companies report not feeling ready to defend against and respond to cyber-attacks. From an assessment and compliance standpoint, the list of challenges includes:

No formal risk/vulnerability assessment process

Outdated policies and procedures

Not able to keep up with compliance regulations

Lack of cybersecurity expertise

An All-in-One Cybersecurity Risk Management Program

Cybersecurity risk management is the ongoing process of assessing, monitoring, and addressing an organization’s cybersecurity threats in a timely and strategic manner. Risk management is a non-stop process that is repeated continuously throughout the lifetime of a network, always working to strengthen an organization’s security posture.

Managed Risk & Compliance

M.A. Polce’s Managed Risk and Compliance services provide the core components of an effective risk management program. With a dashboard that brings all data points into a single convenient location, your team has full visibility into the process. Our vCISO brings the necessary expertise to help: 1) assess your security posture, risk level, and compliance readiness; 2) create a tailored cybersecurity roadmap of prioritized tasks, and; 3) manage the process to bring you to your desired level of protection and compliance.

vCISO Consultation – The Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) helps you with roadmap tasks, best practice guidance, and facilitates the monthly 30-minute status meetings.  

Risk Analysis – We will conduct a thorough onboarding process by guiding you through multiple assessments to generate an initial risk posture that automatically updates as tasks are completed.

Security Roadmap – At the core of our platform is a security roadmap with specific tasks that are ranked by level of severity. It’s the driver to move you toward compliance.

External Vulnerability – We will conduct a monthly external vulnerability scan to find weak points where threats could infiltrate.

Policy Guidance – You will have access to multiple security policies that are aligned with industry frameworks such as NIST or CIS. Policies can be used to augment existing policies or create new ones.

Tabletop Incident Readiness Exercise – Two virtual planning exercises will help you ensure that you are ready to respond in the event of a cyber attack.

Managed risk and compliance services satisfy the growing need for strategic cybersecurity guidance to help with common cybersecurity challenges, such as cyber-attacks and compliance. M.A. Polce’s Managed Risk and Compliance services will assist with protecting your data and the continuity of business operations, as well as meeting requirements for audits, governance, and insurance. Also, your team will have access to expert knowledge about the latest threats and defense strategies.

Managed Risk & Compliance Services: The Complete Risk Management Program

Work closely with our experienced vCISO to evaluate your risk posture and build a detailed roadmap to guide your security mitigation efforts. Risk ratings, policies, vulnerability scan results, and tasks are organized and displayed in a single dashboard for high visibility. This streamlined process strengthens your defenses by continually assessing your environment, moving you toward cybersecurity compliance.

A dashboard that displays a cybersecurity risk management process, including cybersecurity compliance tracking, risk analysis, tasks for a security roadmap, and a security posture score

Individual Assessment and Cybersecurity Compliance Services

Security and risk assessments, vulnerability management, tabletop readiness exercises, and penetration tests are all important components of a strong risk management program. Each serves a distinct purpose in advancing an organization’s security posture and attaining cybersecurity compliance. Read more about M.A. Polce’s offerings below to determine the type of assessment service your organization needs.

Security Assessment

Lower the risk of cyberattacks by identifying vulnerabilities that could allow threats to infiltrate. M.A. Polce’s security analysts provide a comprehensive report for you to take corrective action and firm up your defenses. A Security Assessment is one of the best first steps an organization can take.

A Security Assessment is an analysis of critical systems based on industry benchmarks and best practices, along with a comprehensive report outlining associated vulnerabilities and the risks they pose to your organization. In addition, recommended action items are identified and clearly explained. 

Today’s rapidly evolving threat landscape demands smarter and more comprehensive security measures. Security Assessments identify vulnerabilities in your IT systems and provide recommendations for improvements so you can lower the risk of data breaches. 

Cyber threats have become so damaging, and attacks so widespread that many organizations find themselves lacking the appropriate resources to combat these threats. It’s essential to evaluate the existing security within your environment to identify risks and the effect they could have on day-to-day business operations. Our experts perform assessments that not only identify vulnerabilities, but also the steps you should take to safeguard your perimeter network, critical internal assets, remote users, and customers.

Risk Assessment

Identify, prioritize, and measure your organization’s cybersecurity risk to proactively mitigate threats. M.A. Polce’s Risk Assessment provides insight to ensure your organization is taking the right steps to protect assets, satisfy compliance, and effectively manage risk.

Risk Assessments are the building block upon which all compliance activities are implemented and measured. Performing a risk assessment ensures that security is kept at the forefront of your organization. The risk assessment starts with a questionnaire, administered by one of our cybersecurity experts, then we evaluate everything to provide risk ratings and recommendations for improvement. 

Organizations may perform risk assessments because they are required to, but their true value lies in knowing how the organization is vulnerable and the path to achieving compliance and a more secure environment. The results of a risk assessment provide the necessary insights to build a comprehensive security roadmap that drives decisions and funding. 

Penetration Testing

When organizations are finished fixing the issues identified in a security assessment, it’s time for a penetration test. The “pen” test is performed by certified security professionals and determines if hackers can get past your defenses and infiltrate your network. The pen test should be used to test against an organization’s strongest security posture, not their weakest, so it’s important to secure things before testing.

Pen tests are a form of ethical hacking used to test the effectiveness of an organization’s cyber defenses. The test involves an authorized and simulated cyber attack against your IT infrastructure designed to check for exploitable vulnerabilities. 

Penetration tests are needed to provide evidence that an organization’s network is secure. They reveal vulnerabilities in an IT infrastructure and examine the effectiveness of an organization’s security posture. The findings allow an organization to take corrective action before a cybercriminal can exploit any weaknesses. 

Tabletop Exercise

Test your preparedness in the event of a cyber-attack, breach, or other event where technology systems are disrupted. M.A. Polce’s security team will conduct a dry run through various security scenarios with members from your organization. Administrators, technical staff, and others will benefit from participating to strategize how the organization will respond if faced with real security events.

A tabletop exercise, also known as a cyber incident response test, is an activity used to evaluate the effectiveness of your organization’s incident response plans. The purpose of a tabletop exercise is to examine the client’s internal and external response and coordination efforts following a simulated attack. The intent of the exercise is to improve the client’s understanding of key cybersecurity concepts, to identify strengths and weaknesses in response planning, to promote changes in attitude and perceptions, and to enhance the overall response posture and collective decision-making process of participating stakeholders.

The tabletop exercise helps organizations achieve a deeper understanding of breaches and other threats in a cost-effective way with minimal to no disruption to business operations. It familiarizes top management and other participants with their roles and responsibilities in case of a technology incident. This fosters an understanding of the dependencies and interdependencies among information technology, business continuity, crisis management, and physical security functions.

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Other Assessment and Compliance Solutions

M.A. Polce’s solutions are developed to give you full insight into your IT security program and protect your organization from advanced threats. All offerings share the common goals of ensuring security controls effectiveness, streamlining compliance, and establishing clear plans for IT teams to allocate resources to reduce risk. Learn about other ways M.A. Polce can assist with your risk management needs: 

Virtual Chief Information Security Officer

Harness cybersecurity expertise without hiring.

Add a Certified Security Expert to your Team

Our Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) is a remotely managed service that helps avoid costly overhead and allows you to customize a program to meet your cybersecurity needs. Gain instant cybersecurity leadership for your organization today.
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Policy & Procedure Consulting

Because not everyone has a certified security expert to help them maintain good cyber health.

Get Comprehensive, Customized IT & Security Policies

Governance work is our thing. After understanding your business requirements, we’ll update or create policies by leveraging our comprehensive policy collection that we’ve crafted and honed over many years.
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Best Practices Assessment

Review cybersecurity best practices and standards in areas that need it most.

Have a Specific Area of Your Network You'd like Assessed?

Our engineers can evaluate all aspects of the IT infrastructure and provide recommendations on how to make improvements. From Active Directory to server topology to network configurations, we can help maximize your deployment.
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Questions? This Might Help:

M.A. Polce have been doing assessment and compliance work with public and private organizations for over 20 years. We understand NIST CSF, CIS, and other industry-recognized frameworks from which to evaluate your technology and security deployment.

Risk assessments, security assessments, and penetration tests may take anywhere from 3-6 weeks depending on the scope of the engagement.  

You can expect a comprehensive analysis of critical systems based on industry best practices. This is done through conversations, a review of system configurations, and the use of advanced tools to hunt for vulnerabilities. Once complete, we will deliver a detailed report outlining our findings, ranked by level of criticality. Recommended action items are identified and clearly explained. Most importantly, we can be engaged for post-assessment remediation if additional assistance is required.  

That all depends on the assessment work you’ve already done. Most commonly, the best place to start is with a security assessment. It will reveal all of the vulnerabilities that need to be patched and any configuration settings that should be changed. Once those items are remedied, a penetration test is recommended to see if the bad guys can get in.

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