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Computer security, cybersecurity, or information technology security regards the protection of computer systems and networks from information disclosure, theft of, or damage to their hardware, software, or electronic data, as well as from the disruption or misdirection of the services they provide.

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 is an international standard for information management. ISO 27001 provides a model for establishing, implementing, operating, monitoring, reviewing, maintaining, and improving an information security management system.

Risk Assessment

The “Information security risk assessment” requirements of section of ISO 27001 help to ensure the preparedness of the organization against potential cyber-security risks. Prior to the realization of an information security threat, organizations must have specific procedures in place for mitigating possible loss of confidentiality. This includes requirements that processes be in place to identify, analyze, evaluate, and mitigate all information security risks.


Important to cyber-security, ISO 27001 includes the requirement that all personnel under the control of the organization must be aware of the information security policy, the contribution of each person to the effectiveness of the information security management system, and the benefits of improved information security performance. Training and education play an essential role in the awareness of employees and contractors alike.

When an organization is ISO 27001 certified it is officially recognized for complying with the highest internationally recognized information security standard.

This certification demonstrates a world-class level of operations security across threat monitoring, breach mitigation, and sensitive data protection. Because of this exemplary reputation for risk management, partners and customers of ISO 27001-certified organizations have greater confidence in the security of their information assets.


What is CMMC?

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) is described as a "unified cybersecurity standard". The intent of CMMC is to build upon existing regulations, policy, and memoranda from the Department of Defense (DIB by adding a third-party verification component to cybersecurity protections.

Why is it important?

DIB contractors hold and use sensitive government data to develop and deliver goods and services. CMMC is meant to provide controls to ensure that contractors secure this sensitive information with the same practices that military departments and government agencies do.

The CMMC was created in response to growing concerns by Congress and within the Department of Defense (DoD) over the increased presence of cyber threats and intrusions aimed at the Defense Industrial Base (DIB) and its supply chains. Due to the sharing of Federal Contract Information (FCI) and Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) throughout the supply chain, the attack surface of the DoD has been greatly expanded. Cybersecurity is now a fundamental aspect of DoD acquisition. The CMMC will be a major change in the DoD approach to cybersecurity for defense contractors. The DoD appears to be looking for better methods to verify that its requirements are actually being satisfactorily implemented.


            Previous Level 5 


           Previous Level 3 


     Basic Cyber Hygiene 

The CMMC model describes the requirements that contractors must meet to qualify for certain maturity certifications, ranging from LEVEL 1 through LEVEL 3.


MSI will perform a baseline assessment of an organization's information security environment to identify which level (if any) the client currently meets. Using our knowledge of multi-faced technologies, MSI will conduct further reviews and provide the necessary recommendations to move forward in a safer cybersecurity network.

MSI has competitive rates, qualified trained professionals, flexible hours, and a large database of information that is applicable to hundreds of businesses. 

NIST SP 800 - 171

NIST SP 800-171, also known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology Special Publication 800-171, is a set of guidelines and requirements designed to protect sensitive and controlled unclassified information (CUI) within nonfederal systems and organizations. Published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), this publication provides a comprehensive framework for safeguarding CUI from various threats, including unauthorized access, disclosure, and loss. By implementing the controls outlined in NIST SP 800-171, organizations can enhance their cybersecurity posture and ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive information. to mitigate the risks associated with cyber breaches.


  • Familiarize yourself with the requirements.

  • Assess your current environment for gaps or vulnerabilities.

  • Develop a detailed implementation plan.

  • Implement the necessary security controls.

  • Train employees on security requirements and best practices.

  • Test the effectiveness of the security controls.

  • Maintain compliance.

  • Documentation of efforts.


The implementation process may vary depending on the size, complexity, and specific requirements of your organization. MSI helps guide your organization down the right path of cybersecurity controls and planning. We are there at every step of the documentation process.

By protecting your company's CUI you are protecting your people, data, and continued operations. The government requires organizations that handle CUI to be NIST SP 800-171 certified, in turn, your organization will have access to government contracts and relations. 

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Rose is our resident cybersecurity expert. She has helped several of our clients update, maintain, and certify their cyber systems. She understands the importance of protecting your organization through all channels of data and people.


Given the growing sophistication of cybercriminals, businesses are becoming increasingly susceptible to various forms of cyber attacks. With threats to organizations around the globe becoming more devastating, the United States government has put cyber security at the forefront of its agenda. The CMMC (Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification) is just one part of the government's strategy to mitigate the risks associated with cyber breaches.


Cyber Hygiene Management is a precautionary measure that could save your organization thousands of dollars. Implementation of industry-wide checks and balances will allow your organization to perform productively and safely.


Preparing your business against Cyber Breaches can be addressed with a Business Continuity Plan.


Business Continuity is the process of creating systems of prevention and recovery to deal with potential threats to a company. Business Continuity Planning is not only applicable to prevention but to ongoing operations before and during the execution of recovery.

Management Systems Improvement is well equipped to lead your organization on a path of prevention measures against disruptions. Our team will help develop a business continuity plan for your organization, specifically outlining integral aspects that makes your business operate on a daily basis. Taking into consideration risks such as; Ransom and Malware, we will work hand in hand with your team on educating your team towards the best secure practices to be upheld in the future.

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