At 4A Security, we monitor the threat landscape as it continuously changes. Protecting the security and privacy of your valuable data assets and critical IT infrastructure requires more than just a multi-layered and systematic defense. In addition to the technical, administrative and people/process controls, your strongest overall security and privacy strategy will be one that is well integrated with a proactive risk management strategy.

4A Security’s approach to meeting the challenges of Information Security & Privacy in today’s environment of ever-present cyber-threats is to help our clients integrate their security strategy with a proactive Risk Management plan rather than focusing exclusively on technical approaches to threat identification and mitigation.

CyRisk™ helps our clients identify, measure and prioritize critical risks, so they are able to make better, risk-conscious decisions that are aligned with their strategy. 4A Security ‘s risk analysis enables clients to incorporate Return on Security Investment (ROSI) information into their security investment decision-making process. In addition to achieving cost-savings on these expenditures, this process also results in ensuring that the risk management strategy includes appropriate risk transfer, and that they fully understand the cost of the risk they “own.”

The issues of Information Security and Privacy are no longer seen as strictly technological issues. They are business issues. This is why 4A Security considers Risk Management to be a fundamental component in approaching and solving problems of information security and privacy. An organization manages risk in order to protect its mission and vital assets. Identifying, quantifying and prioritizing levels of risk allows businesses and organizations to proactively make informed decisions that make the most effective use of their resources, both financial and human.

4A Security’s approach combines elements of some of the most respected and rigorous Risk Assessment & Management methodologies and tools, including those of the National Institute of Standards & Technology (NIST), the International Standardization Organization (ISO), ISACA’s Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT) framework, and the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University’s Operationally Critical Threat, Asset and Vulnerability Evaluation (OCTAVE®) process. We also make use of specialized tools and methods developed for Compliance Assessment and Risk Evaluation and Management for such regulatory regimes as HIPAA, FERPA, PCI and others.

The deliverables we provide for clients to help them achieve a level of risk that suits their “risk appetite” include:

  • Security & Privacy Risk Assessment
  • Risk Matrix identifying both the qualitative and quantitative levels of risk
  • Risk Heat Map identifying the consequences of risk impact scenarios
  • Selection of Risk Transfer Strategies to identify alternative approaches including the evaluation of contractual agreements and insurance
  • Risk Communication Reports, primarily to business owners and executives, to enable them to appreciate the significance of the decisions they will have to make to keep their business safe and financially healthy