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R. M. Stuart & Associates, LLC.

“Know your vulnerabilities; build a culture of security”

About Us

You have a business to run. You don’t need to worry about protecting your information assets. You want to go about your day knowing that what you do in the electronic world is protected. Whether it’s sending emails with confidential information, or wanting the comfort of knowing you are safe from ever-advancing security threats, R. M. Stuart & Associates is on the case. You can rest assured we have the knowledge to identify, assess, treat, and monitor all electronic danger.

R. M. Stuart & Associates, LLC offers a wide range of managed IT security services to organizations in diverse fields, including government, financial services, healthcare and private industry. Regardless of their market, our clients share a critical similarity and need in today’s dangerous world – information is their lifeblood and it must be guarded at all costs. You can be certain your information assets are protected with R. M. Stuart & Associates in your corner.

 

Here are a few highlights of our top IT security services

  • Network and environmental security assessments
  • Vulnerability scanning to find and eliminate threats
  • Penetration testing to simulate real-world cyber-attacks
  • Web application testing to identify and block harmful software
  • Social engineering to test your staff’s vigilance

 

  • Security Awareness Education
  • Knowledge, your first line of defense
  • Cut through information overload to keep security top-of-mind
  • Relevant, web-based training in a fun, engaging manner
  • Cloud based security solutions
  • Maximize your limited IT resources
  • Always up-to-date with cutting-edge technology
  • Choose from different levels of service to meet your goals

 

  • Email encryption inside and outside your organization
  • End-to-end security for email and attachments that is highly scalable
  • Compliance with privacy regulations
  • Simple user interface that doesn’t disrupt existing email system

 

  • Other technology solutions
  • Customized web development and hosting
  • Domain name registration, e-commerce and dedicated servers
  • Web site planning and development to maximize your online presence

To find out how R. M. Stuart & Associates can improve your organization’s IT security compliance and performance while controlling overall IT costs, contact us today at
1-912-269-0442 or info@rmsaa.com.

Assess & Educate

What is on my network?

It all starts with having a scanner capable of quickly, comprehensively and accurately assessing endpoints and servers for operating system and application vulnerabilities.

Which assets are at risk, and what should I do about their vulnerabilities?

Once network assets have been scanned, data must be converted into actionable intelligence. It’s no secret that security analysts are overwhelmed and frustrated by mountains of vulnerability assessment data, much of which is either misleading or of limited value.

How do I measure my overall risk and where should I focus remediation efforts?

Frontline’s Security GPA rating system provides a clear, easy-to-understand picture of your organization’s security posture. Gone are the arcane “in the weeds” metrics that can’t be meaningfully communicated to executives.

How can I integrate Frontline vulnerability findings into my security workflow?

Effective vulnerability management requires a seamless workflow process from identification to remediation. Frontline Connect makes it easy to integrate discovered, analyzed, scored, and prioritized vulnerabilities.

How do I assess where I’m exposed from an attacker’s perspective?

There are two key areas to check: your “network attack surface” and your “personnel attack surface”. Frontline Pen Test assesses the first, and Frontline Social Test assesses the second.

How do I ensure all personnel are cognizant of risky “digital behavior”?

Most organizations utilize defense-in-depth safeguards for their networks. But these solutions are only one part of the equation. Humans continue to be a weak link in the chain.

Am I meeting requisite compliance standards?

Not every industry with regulatory compliance explicitly requires pen testing and/or vulnerability management. HIPAA, for example, does not state outright a requirement for either.

Secure Managed Web Hosting

Secure Hosting Plans

All of our packages are great for small to medium-sized businesses. Our hosting is easily scalable to your needs, so if you suddenly hit it big our server allocates more resources to your particular website. We offer real-time active monitoring for hacking to keep you up and running all the time. With our built-in daily back-ups we insure that if you are affected in any way, you will have a data point to restore the site back to its original form. We understand that your website is your digital presence for your customers, so it can’t just be good, it has to be great and outperform all the competitors, and we help you do that with a conscious mind toward security, proper updates and management.

Bronze

$20/month
  • Blazing pageload speed, automatic updates, staging site for development

Platinum

$40/month
  • Everything included in silver, including active monitoring for hacking, spam lists, black lists, we work with you closely to keep your site clean and free from any negative listing that may affect your website rankings

Email and Email Encryption

HPE Secure Email

HPE SecureMail is the best of breed end-to-end encrypted email solution available for desktop, cloud, and mobile that is scalable to millions of users, while keeping Personally Identifiable Information and Personal Health Information secure and private. This level of secure email communication gives organizations the confidence to transition from paper to electronic communication.

HPE SecureMail

HPE SecureMail

In regulated industries such as healthcare and financial services, consumer privacy and data security have become a top priority for most IT departments. The regulations and penalties for non-compliance seem onerous but pale in comparison to the loss of trust from customers when a security breach does occur. Email is the de facto way for how organizations communicate especially outside their firewalls.

HPE SecureMail

Leveraging HPE SecureMail for HIPAA Compliance

Leveraging HPE SecureMail for HIPAA Compliance

Healthcare institutions are faced with a daunting problem: safeguarding sensitive healthcare and personal information in internal and external email communications. By default, the content of email is unprotected. As an email message travels from sender to recipient, it passes through servers and across networks that may provide attackers with opportunities to eavesdrop or even to access the content of the email. This could potentially expose protected health information (PHI), personally identifiable information (PII), intellectual property and other sensitive information in the body of the email message and the attached files.

This white paper explains why HPE SecureMail is a first-rate solution for protecting sensitive data sent via email within your organization and to outside recipients. It also highlights how HPE SecureMail can be leveraged in your Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) compliance programs.

Leveraging HPE SecureMail for HIPAA Compliance

Techniques for Dealing with Ransomware Business Email Compromise and Spearphishing

Phishing, Business Email Compromise (BEC) and ransomware represent a group of critical security threats that virtually every organization will encounter at some point – and most already have. At the end, no matter the cyber security precautions taken by an organization to stop an intrusion, a sophisticated cyber attack may get through cyber defenses. Organizations should implement data-centric protection of their most valuable data so that if attackers get through, the information captured will be unusable. Data-centric solutions include:

– Leveraging email encryption for protection of all internal and external emails. Look for a solution that encrypts email end-to-end, from originator to recipient on any desktop or mobile device.

– Having recent backups, encrypted and with keys protected with Enterprise Key Management (EKM).

– Using of Format-Preserving Encryption (FPE) to protect high value data at rest, in use or in-motion, ensuring protection in all use cases.

Techniques for Dealing with Ransomware Business Email Compromise and Spearphishing

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What is on my network?

It all starts with having a scanner capable of quickly, comprehensively and accurately assessing endpoints and servers for operating system and application vulnerabilities.

Frontline RNA is powered by DDI NIRV™, regarded as the industry’s best scanning engine. Vulnerability scanning became a commodity long ago. And yet, finding the “signal in the noise” remains a challenge – even amongst well-known big brand solutions. What separates great scanning from run of the mill scanning is – in a word – accuracy. And RNA delivers unparalleled point in time scan accuracy through NIRV.

NIRV takes network and host scanning well beyond traditional approaches, enabling the discovery of critical flaws, new attacker techniques – even zero day vulnerabilities – missed by other engines. This is all made possible by its real-time event based tuning, which adjusts scanning depth as RNA learns more about hosts, and the network on which they reside.

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Which assets are at risk, and what should I do about their vulnerabilities?

Once network assets have been scanned, data must be converted into actionable intelligence. It’s no secret that security analysts are overwhelmed and frustrated by mountains of vulnerability assessment data, much of which is either misleading or of limited value.

With point in time data accuracy provided by Frontline RNA and its NIRV technology, Frontline VM correlates scan information over time with its Digital Node Attribution (DDI DNA™) technology – ensuring that “network drift” is eliminated.

Frontline VM is also highly regarded by thousands of users as having the easiest to use, most intuitive user interface on the market. Clients who have switched from competitive products rave about workload reduction and increased effectiveness – owing to features including:

Identification of the highest risks that truly matter to your business
Dynamic dashboard
Data analysis
Reconciliation
Automatic asset classification, risk prioritization and remediation assignment
Concise, actionable intelligence with step-by-step instructions on how to quickly fix vulnerabilities
Authorized user access from any location
Customizable user permission and rules

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How do I measure my overall risk and where should I focus remediation efforts?

Frontline’s Security GPA rating system provides a clear, easy-to-understand picture of your organization’s security posture. Gone are the arcane “in the weeds” metrics that can’t be meaningfully communicated to executives. With Security GPA, you get a simple host security scorecard that updates dynamically as you assess vulnerabilities and institute remediation. Security GPA is the VM industry’s top scoring and prioritization metric due to features such as:

 

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How can I integrate Frontline vulnerability findings into my security workflow?

Effective vulnerability management requires a seamless workflow process from identification to remediation. Frontline Connect makes it easy to integrate discovered, analyzed, scored, and prioritized vulnerabilities into leading security workflow management platforms and SIEMs including IBM QRadar, ServiceNow, and ZenDesk.

With Frontline Connect, security workflow integration extends far beyond the passive data upload provided by competitive solutions to include:

 

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How do I assess where I’m exposed from an attacker’s perspective?

There are two key areas to check: your “network attack surface” and your “personnel attack surface”.  Frontline Pen Test assesses the first, and Frontline Social Test assesses the second.

Frontline PenTest™

Performed by trained and certified security analysts utilizing proven penetration testing methodologies and industry best practices, Digital Defense knows how to get into the mind of a malicious hacker, and find weaknesses the way they do.  Our proven and exhaustive testing process provides fast, cost-effective results – anytime and anywhere in the world:

Clarity around which vulnerabilities are truly exploitable, and which ones could lead to critical data compromise

Test results reconciled with vulnerability scanning results directly within Frontline Vulnerability Manager – eliminates the need to wade through cumbersome reports that are difficult to manage and interpret

Performed remotely and transparently to your business operation.

Frontline Social Test™

Social engineering is a type of cyber security attack that uses social engagement deception to convince individuals to provide confidential or otherwise valuable information to cyber criminals.

Frontline Social Test creates conditions and scenarios that lure personnel into engagement – just as if driven by a crafty cyber attacker.  Techniques can include phishing calls, targeted emails, and more.  Findings are used to educate employees on how to become more astute at discerning legitimate human engagement from trickery.

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How do I ensure all personnel are cognizant of risky “digital behavior”?

Most organizations utilize defense-in-depth safeguards for their networks. But these solutions are only one part of the equation. Humans continue to be a weak link in the chain. Therefore, it is equally – if not more – important to educate and sensitize employees around best practice “digital behavior” to help fend off attacks made possible by human vulnerabilities.

Digital Defense offers effective and highly regarded human testing and education programs designed specifically to bring employees and contractors to a high level of security awareness:

SecurED™

Awareness training (developed in collaboration with an Emmy® award winning comedy writer) that ingrains strong employee retention of serious security intelligence and best practices.

Frontline Social Test™

Social engineering is a popular technique attackers use to gain access to your network and, ultimately, valuable information held by your organization. Frontline Social Test is an assessment which identifies employee, contractor, and patron susceptibility to phishing, vishing and other tricks commonly used by hackers.

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Am I meeting requisite compliance standards?

Not every industry with regulatory compliance explicitly requires pen testing and/or vulnerability management. HIPAA, for example, does not state outright a requirement for either. But, it does require a risk analysis – which requires covered entities to test their security controls in an effort to validate exposure to actual vulnerabilities.

The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) does, however, require companies that accept, store, process and/or transmit credit card information to meet twelve specific compliance requirements, two of which require an explicit vulnerability management program:

Requirement 6: Develop and maintain secure systems and applications.
Requirement 11: Regularly test security systems and processes.

Digital Defense fully understands the challenge of meeting today’s Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliance standards. In fact, the company was the first vendor to provide PCI compliance as a managed service, and remains one of the world’s longest tenured Approved Scanning Vendors (ASV).