Cybersecurity & Incident Response

Information is your company’s greatest asset. Protecting that information is one of your company’s most important responsibilities, and it may also be mandated by Federal and State laws. Ensuring your networks are not vulnerable and that your information is safe is the first step toward growing a strong and secure business. Prudential Associates’ information security specialists can help give you peace of mind in helping to keep your most valuable information safe and secure.

Given our ever-growing reliance on technology, protecting yourself and your company for cybersecurity threats has never been more important. To see this, consider the following statistics:

  • Worldwide spending on cybersecurity is forecasted to reach $133.7 billion in 2022.
  • 68% of business leaders feel their cybersecurity risks are increasing.
  • Data breaches exposed 4.1 billion records in the first half of 2019.
  • Only 5% of companies’ folders are properly protected (on average).
  • 73% of black-hat hackers said traditional firewall and antivirus security is irrelevant or obsolete.
  • 43% of cyber-attacks target small business.
  • There is a hacker-initiated attack every 39 seconds.
  • The average time to identify a breach in 2019 was 206 days.
  • At least 56% of Americans don’t know what steps to take in the event of a data breach.

Governance & Compliance

Without an information-security strategy and a governance framework to implement it, an organization will continue to implement ad hoc tactical point solutions rather than a meaningful and integrated plan of action. To achieve information-security governance, Prudential Associates can assist by helping you go beyond compliance by developing and maintaining an information-security framework that supports, and is intrinsically linked with, business objectives. Prudential associates can assist your organization in:

  • Assessment of security controls using NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF)
  • Assessment of security controls using NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF)
  • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Compliance
  • Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) Compliance
  • Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA) Compliance
  • Sarbanes-Oxley Act (SOX) Compliance
  • Enterprise Security Gap Advisory
  • Development of Security Policy and Procedures
  • User Security Awareness Training
  • Development and Implementation of Disaster Recovery Plans
  • Incident Response Plan Development and Management

Technical Security Services

Prudential Associates can enhance your organization’s cybersecurity posture by working in partnership with your people to develop their knowledge of the latest threats and strategies. It’s an approach that complements our solutions, strengthening security at a cultural level, and delivers cost-effective security. Our experience in responding to cyber intrusions gives us a unique insight to the most effective security controls at resisting real-world attackers. Prudential associates will help your organization in performing technical security-assessment tasks to determine security vulnerabilities in networks and web applications. We are providing our clients the following technical security assessment services:

  • Network Vulnerability Assessment
  • Network Penetration Testing
  • Adversary Simulation
  • Adversary Detection
  • Phishing Campaigns
  • Web Application Security Assessment
  • Digital Forensics

Technology Implementations

Businesses find themselves overtaxed in trying to ensure their systems are operational and in implementing new initiatives for day-to-day operations. They simply lack the expertise, or the time required for researching, installing, configuring, and managing security products and systems. Prudential Associates’ certified technical staff helps organizations looking for resource augmentation to implement these defenses:

  • Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) Systems
  • Enterprise threat detection
  • Firewall
  • SEIM Deployment
  • Intrusion Detection and Prevention
  • Endpoint Detection and Response Technologies

Managed Security Service

Implementing security policies and technical controls is just not enough. Organizations quickly find out that many of these require staff to maintain, monitor for compliance, and adapt as the threat landscape changes. Prudential Associates can act as a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP) to eliminate various client bottlenecks by helping scale up the security layer with needed expertise where there is an internal IT skills gap. We can assist with:

  • Endpoint Security Monitoring
  • Incident Response
  • Threat Assessments (future product)
  • Executive Digital Protection

Cyber Investigations

Cybercrime is a crime that involves the usage of a computer, phone or any other digital device connected to a network or internet. A cybercrime investigation is the process of investigating, analyzing and recovering critical data from the networks involved in the attack—this could be the Internet and/or a local network—in order to identify the subjects behind the digital crime and their true intentions. Cybercrime investigations include the following:

  • Analyzing Malware: Malware is an umbrella term for various types of malicious programs designed by cybercriminals. ‘Malware Analysis’ refers to the process by which the purpose and functionality of the given malware samples are analyzed and determined. The information from the malware analysis provides insights into developing an effective detection technique for the malicious codes. Additionally, it is an essential aspect for developing the efficient removal tools which can perform malware removal on an infected system.
  • Digital and Forensic Investigation: Digital forensics is a branch of forensic science focused on the recovery and investigation of artifacts found on digital devices. Any devices that store data (e.g., computers, laptops, smartphones, thumb drives, memory cards, external hard drives, etc.) are within the ambit of digital forensics. Given the proliferation of digital devices, there has been a ramp-up in the use of digital forensics in legal cases and investigations.
  • Cyberstalking Investigations: Cyberstalking involves the use of electronic communication devices to threaten, harass, or otherwise stalk an individual. Prudential Associates has several tactical options and numerous resources which may be productive in these matters. Individual case specifics and budgets drive which of these make the most sense in a given matter. Consult with us for help in deciding on the best strategies to employ.

Prudential Associates can assist with all stages of a cyber investigation, including:

  • Assessing the situation and conducting a background check – this involves a discussion on jurisdiction and laws.
  • Information gathering/conducting the initial investigation. Question’s we aim to answer include:
    • Who are the potential suspects?
    • What crimes were committed?
    • When were the crimes committed?
    • Were these crimes limited to US jurisdiction?
    • What evidence is there to collect?
    • Where might the physical and digital evidence be located?
    • What types of physical and digital evidence were involved with the crime?
    • Does any of the evidence need to be photographed/preserved immediately?
    • How can the evidence be preserved and maintained for court proceedings?
  • Identifying possible evidence, which includes collecting digital evidence.
  • Securing devices and obtaining necessary court orders.
  • Analyzing results with a prosecutor and concluding the investigation.