Information Security Services

Information security is a constantly evolving challenge. For organizations of all sizes, information security has become an imperative. However, the complex and evolving nature of security requires a range of expertise that makes it nearly impossible for most companies to manage it adequately internally.

Shades of Gray Security provides our clients with the expertise and experience of seasoned veterans in the information security field to help secure your data. IF you have regulatory requirements, we can help. We are experienced in meeting financial institution regulatory requirements (FFIEC, FDIC, GBLA, GNUA, etc.), medical organizations requirements (HIPAA), credit card industry requirements (PCI), and other industries who need to secure their customer, employee, trade secrets, and information technology in general. We follow the latest industry best practices and can help you navigate the sea of information security. We have been involved with some of the largest data breaches in the world, and we have helped hundreds of small businesses make sure they don’t fall victim to cyber attacks.

According to a CNN article, small businesses make up the majority of data breaches. These are only the ones we know about.

Of the 621 confirmed data breach incidents Verizon recorded in 2012, close to half occurred at companies with fewer than 1,000 employees, including 193 incidents at entities with fewer than 100 workers.

A separate report from cybersecurity firm Symantec (SYMC, Fortune 500) confirmed that trend. It found cyberattacks on small businesses with fewer than 250 employees represented 31% of all attacks in 2012, up from 18% in the prior year.

These are only the ones we know about. The threat to small businesses is growing. The reasons are simple. Small businesses simply do not have the resources available in-house to protect themselves from the increased threat while larger firms have begun to show an increasingly strong security posture. Smaller suppliers and vendors of larger targets are being used as a gateway to into the larger organizations. The mindset of small business is that they are too insignificant or boring to become the target of a cyber attack. This is simply not true. Small businesses house their employees’ personal information, social security numbers, bank accounts. They store their client data, who they do business with, bank accounts from paid invoices and direct deposits, trade secrets, intellectual property, business plans for future development and contracts. Even barring any of that data being on their network, they are still prime targets for network takeover to then use the company equipment to launch attacks at other targets.

Cyber criminals are increasingly attacking these softer targets to gain footholds into the company network turn the machines into “zombies” for purposes such as botnets, then sell the botnet services to criminal organizations. In addition to liability concerns, regulatory demands, and intellectual property loss, companies should also consider reputation damage should they experience a data breach. Also for consideration is the down time that may be suffered if critical systems, or even end user systems, are taken offline due to an attack, virus, etc. Shades of Gray Security can help give you the peace of mind you need to know you are being protected.

We offer a variety of solutions to fit your exact needs. Take a moment to learn more about our offerings, including our managed security services which is specifically designed to help our smaller clients who do not have the staff to adequately secure their network. We are here to help.

Managed Security Services

Shades of Gray Security offers our clients world-class managed security solutions. If you are a business that doesn’t have the resources to hire a full staff of information security professionals, we can help. We offer several plans that come with basic services and we’ll be available 24/7 to help you with any security needs you have. We work with you to find your specific needs and develop a plan that fits your budget and helps keep your data protected. Learn more…

Risk Assessment

A good security practice starts with a Risk Assessment. You need to define what you are protecting and what risks are posed to it before you can truly understand what you need to do to protect. A risk assessment helps you fine tune just what you need to be doing instead of applying a general purpose security program to everything. Our methodology covers every industry and regulatory standard to ensure you are not just meeting requirements, but are exceeding them. We evaluate your risk level to help you determine what security controls you need and develop a plan to implement those controls. Learn more…

Security Assessment

Our Security Assessment provides you with a thorough evaluation of your networks to identify vulnerabilities and assess the effectiveness of your controls and practices. The Assessment can help you verify the effectiveness of your patch management program and identify weaknesses in controls and find devices you may not have been aware were on your network. Learn more…

Security Audit

Shades of Gray Security will perform an in depth audit of your security controls to determine whether they adhere to your risk assessment, your policies, regulatory requirements, and industry best practices guidelines. We perform a gap analysis to find where things don’t line up and provide recommendations on how to improve your security posture. We provide a clear audit trail for reporting and compliance requirements. Learn more…

Network Penetration Testing

Our penetration testing services seek to find holes in your network before the bad guys do. We probe your network to look for weaknesses, design a detailed plan of attack, and proceed to use the same tools malicious attackers use to attempt to gain access to the network. We work with you during the engagement and report any critical findings immediately. This very deep, hands-on approach to security testing goes beyond a simple scan and gets you more accurate results, giving a true test to the security controls you have in place. There are many different approaches to a penetration test. Learn more…

Application Testing

Shades of Gray Security can test your applications in two ways. First, we can conduct a manual application-layer penetration test which can detect vulnerabilities scanners simply can not detect. We use proven methodologies and the latest tools and techniques that actual malicious attackers use to uncover any issues your applications may have before the bad guys do. Another form of testing we conduct is a source code review. In this instance we review your source code looking for coding practices used and making sure that secure practices are being used and no accidental code may lead to a security breach. In either case, our testing will determine any weaknesses in your online application that could result in sensitive information exposure and ensure you are maintaining top level security on your application. Learn more…

Social Engineering Testing

The easiest attack against your organization is the weakest link in security; users. Social Engineering testing is designed to test your users security awareness. Our track record in success remains unblemished. Our CEO has a perfect record of defeating some of the best security practices in the world using social engineering. We offer several different types, from in-person physical testing posing as a trusted authority, to phone call spoofing, spear phishing, and general bulk email phishing campaigns. We work with you to find an optimal method to test and raise your end users’ security awareness in the process. Learn more…

Incident Response

No one wants to experience a breach, but it does happen and we can help. Our staff has responded to the biggest data breaches in the world. We deploy all our services to help you find out how you breached, what was stolen, who are the actors involved in the attack, and most importantly how to stop them and secure your network to prevent future attacks. We work closely with you in these stressful times and make sure your bases are covered. Learn more…

Security Awareness Training

The weakest link in your security are users. Our security training program is custom tailored to your organization. We offer online and onsite training to help you raise awareness of security risks and why it matters to the average end user to keep your data safe. Accompanied by our other services such as Social Engineering Testing, this can have a lasting impact on your employees and drive them to do their best to ensure your data is kept safe and sound. Learn more…

Reverse Engineering

Sometimes you have a project that requires more than just a simple security assessment or penetration test. Our team includes expert reverse engineers who can provide you with tests against compiled applications, appliance solutions, and we can use those skills to investigate suspicious files detected on your networks to discover what they are doing.Learn more…

Digital Forensics

Suspicious activity and malicious attacks can leave you puzzled over what happened, what was affected, and how. Our expert forensics team uses the latest tools and practices to retrace the events that occurred and give you a forensically sound answer to those questions you can use. Our experts image devices and leave the original system untouched during our investigation. As part of an incident response plan, forensics helps you close the gaps and build your case. Learn more…

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