Data Privacy & Security Service Digital Digest_Winter_2019

National Cybersecurity Assessments and Technical Services (NCATS)- No-cost Risk Assessment Services

Cyber Hygiene: Vulnerability Scanning Near persistent scanning of Internet accessible systems for vulnerabilities, configuration errors, and suboptimal security practices. Phishing Campaign Assessments Measures propensity to click on email phishing lures to increase training and awareness. Risk Assessments • Risk & Vulnerability Assessments - Combines national threat information with data collected and vulnerabilties identified through onsite assessment activities in order to provide tailored risk analysis reports. • Remote Penetration Testing - Focus solely on Internet accessible systems, such as firewalls, routers, web portals, and the elimination of remote attack paths. Valdiated Artchitecture Design & Review Evaluates resiliency of a stakeholder’s systems, networks, and security services. Qualification

We were fortunate to recently learn more about NCATS recently and wanted to share information on this cost-free risk assessment resource option. NCATS is a group of highly trained information security experts within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Cybersecurity & Communications Integration Center (NCCIC). Their mission: To help stakeholders pro-actively identify cybersecurity risks and build up our national cybersecurity defenses. NCATS assessments are not conducted in reaction to an incident but instead are used to identify, mitigate and remediate vulnerabilities prior to exploitation by an attacker.

NCATS defines their work as: A proactive, risk-based approach to analyzing stakeholder systems

Expertise in identification of vulnerabilities, risk evaluation, and prioritized mitigation guidance

Empowering stakeholders to increase speed and effectiveness of their cyber-attack response capabilities NCATS offers a variety of service offerings. Some services have a waitlist and service delivery timelines are made available by request. Here is a listing of current NCATS offerings:

Assistance in qualifying third- party organization teams with DHS assessment standards.

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