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How FSOs Can Manage Cybersecurity

May 20, 2022

While Facility Security Officers (FSOs) aren’t traditionally responsible for managing an organization’s cybersecurity program, their role in protecting national security information and overseeing facility access control systems often puts them in line with the duties of a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO). Managing facility and cybersecurity have become blended today as cyber-attacks become more sophisticated…

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Infographic: The Story of MathCraft

Apr 16, 2022

Winter 1980: With a background in computer science, Imo Etuk leaves a prominent defense contractor to start a consulting business. After seeing the chaos surrounding the management of security clearances, MathCraft – named for the algebraic precision needed to design enterprise architecture – is born. Spring 1992: The MathCraft team is invited to a military…

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How Insider Threats are Evolving in 2022

Mar 22, 2022

In the midst of a rising cybersecurity crisis, it’s worth keeping one thing in mind: the best way to infiltrate an organization is from the inside. With experts estimating that two out of every three data breaches are caused by insiders, insider threats remain a major concern for cleared organizations, demanding constant vigilance and alertness from facility security…

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The Log4Shell Exploit in Retrospect: 3 Takeaways for FSOs

Feb 22, 2022

The holiday seasons have become a perilous time for government agencies and cleared facilities: while everyone else is wrapping gifts, cyber actors are ramping up their malicious activities – and the 2021 holiday season was no exception. At the beginning of December 2021, the Apache Software Foundation disclosed a remote code execution (RCE) vulnerability in the popular…

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What’s New in 2022? Security Predictions for Cleared Facilities

Jan 22, 2022

2021 was an eventful year for cleared facilities, bringing new federal security legislation driven by changing trends in technology and the workforce. With rising cybersecurity threats and international conflict on the horizon, 2022 is shaping up to be just as disruptive, and FSOs must be prepared. Today, FSOs stand at the front line of America’s…

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Everything FSOs Need to Know About CMMC 2.0

Dec 10, 2021

In November 2021, the Department of Defense (DoD) introduced a major update to the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC): CMMC 2.0. According to the original announcement, this update included significant changes from the previous version of CMMC (1.02), including reduced dependence on third-party assessment, and the elimination of security controls unique to CMMC. In December 2021,…

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The History of DISS and the Future of Clearance Reform

Nov 30, 2021

After more than a decade of preparation, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) finally rolled out the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) this March. Fulfilling a major goal of the Trusted Workforce 2.0 initiative, DISS has risen to replace the Joint Personnel Adjudication System (JPAS) as the Defense Department’s security clearance and access database, solving…

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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Zero Trust Security and Insider Threats

Oct 21, 2021

Following the SolarWinds attack in December of 2020  – and the Colonial Pipeline attack 5 months later – the government has been working overtime to stem the tide of threats to America’s national security. In May 2021, the White House issued Executive Order (EO) 14028, with a long list of reforms intended to strengthen cybersecurity across federal agencies. Now, some of…

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How Cleared Organizations Should Prepare for Supply Chain Attacks

Aug 27, 2021

Following the SolarWinds attack in December of 2020, regulators have been pushing for stricter supply chain risk management (SCRM) practices across federal organizations, beginning with a list of recommendations from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). But since the publication of this list, it has become clear that agencies are struggling to comply in a timely way. In response, the…

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