MathCraft Celebrates Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Each year in October, the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and National Cybersecurity Alliance (NCA) team up to promote cyber awareness for a wide range of industry topics in what’s known as Cybersecurity Awareness Month. During this time, cybersecurity training, marketing ads, and events take place to provide education on today’s threats, solutions, and…

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The GCC High Preparation Guide

Everything You Need to Know Plus Answers to FAQs Between constant national-security compliance updates, the increase in cybersecurity incidents, and the need for cleared personnel to remotely access network resources such as applications or sensitive data, there had to be a solution available that balances user accessibility with security and compliance.  Those demands prompted the…

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What is Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) & How Does it Impact Security Compliance?

Foreign Ownership, Control, or Influence (FOCI) is a status or situation in which a contractor with access to classified information has some foreign investment or association with foreign interest. It’s used by the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) to manage our national security interests without denying defense contractors, specifically those with foreign interests, access…

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Federal Contractors: How SEAD 3 Helps with New Reporting Guidance

As part of a way to mitigate against evolving insider threats to national security information, the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) implemented the Security Executive Agent Directive 3 — commonly referred to as SEAD 3. The directive, which became effective June 12th, 2017, created reporting requirements for defense contractors and employees who have access to classified information.…

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Infographic: The Story of MathCraft

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

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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Cybersecurity Awareness Month: Zero Trust Security and Insider Threats

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 CMMC is Changing Facility Security in 2021

It’s been nearly a year since the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) went into effect. Announced by the Department of Defense (DoD) in 2019, the program is an ambitious effort to consolidate security regulations across the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and supplant the more familiar NIST SP 800-171. Now, implementation is well underway, and the certification…

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FSO Tip: Managing Forms with Portal Commander

Today’s Facility Security Officers (FSOs) have a tough job. Not only must they ensure that their facilities comply with increasingly strict security regulations, but they must also assist with employee training activities, protect classified information, conduct self-inspections, and much more. With so many things to do, FSOs don’t have all day to spend in front…

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FSO Tip: How to Send Welfare Checks in Portal Commander

At any given time, hundreds of employees in cleared organizations may be traveling for assignment or recreational purposes throughout the United States and around the world. Not only is it the job of Facility Security Officers (FSOs) to review foreign and domestic travel requests ahead of time, but they must also keep track of an…

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