Our Mission

Develop tools and training to assist business owners with securing their information and information systems by gauging and mitigating risk.

Cybersecurity 101

The Internet is fundamentally insecure.  However, there are simple things you can do to protect yourself and your information.  Learn what they are in NOVA's Cybersecurity Lab.

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Malware Was delivered by email
Cyber Attacks were fileless
Insider Threat: Source of Breaches
Employees stole proprietary corporate data
Sources: https://www.infosecurity-magazine.com/news/90-of-unknown-malware-is-delivered-via-the-web/

Cybersecurity is more art than science.  Its balancing security restrictions with business optimization.  It is the art of being one step ahead of bad actors while having plenty of room for creativity, workflow, and innovation.

An IT Security Manager once joked, "If I'm doing my job, you won't be able to do yours."  Its a true statement and, unfortunately, a very common myopic view shared by many in the IT field, who feel they MUST lock systems down without consideration of business objectives.  There must be a balance.

The balance is found in understanding and excepting the amount of risk inherent in your system.  Can any system be made 100% secure?  No, of course not.  However, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has developed the Risk Management Framework (RMF) that consists of standards, guidelines, and best practices for gauging a holistic view of cybersecurity risk.

SmartCIO leverages the RMF and is focused on developing innovative tools to help system owners gauge and mitigate risk on their Information Systems.

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