Stay protected with Cyber Breach Warranty

Stay protected with Cyber Breach Warranty

Get Protected with up to $300,000

We understand that cyber threats are a constant concern for businesses like yours. 

Our security stack has top-notch antivirus software and security measures.

That’s why ICS Data provides a $300,000 Cyber Breach Warranty to allow you the peace of mind to focus on your business.

With our Cyber Breach Warranty, you can benefit from:

  • Increased security for your business
  • Financial protection in case of a cyber breach
  • Peace of mind knowing that you are protected by ICS Data’s advanced security measures and warranty coverage

Don’t let cyber threats keep you up at night. Contact us to learn more about our Cyber Breach Warranty and how it can help protect your business. 

Thank you for your time, and we look forward to hearing from you soon.

Why SOC 2 Compliance Matters for Data Security

Why SOC 2 Compliance Matters for Data Security

Why is SOC 2 Compliance important?

In today’s digital age, the security of information has become increasingly important. Many companies rely on third-party service providers to handle sensitive information such as financial and personal data. These service providers must be trustworthy and reliable when it comes to securing this information. SOC 2 is a standard used to ensure that third-party service providers meet certain requirements when it comes to data security.

SOC 2 is a set of standards created by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) that focuses on the controls in place for information security, confidentiality, and privacy. It is based on five Trust Service Principles (TSPs) – security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. The SOC 2 audit assesses a service provider’s ability to meet the requirements of each of these TSPs.

Why do you need it?

There are several reasons why a company may need SOC 2 compliance.

First and foremost, it is becoming increasingly common for clients to require SOC 2 compliance from their service providers. Many clients want to ensure that their data is being handled securely and that their service providers have adequate controls in place to protect their information.

By having a SOC 2 report, service providers can demonstrate to their clients that they have undergone an independent audit and have met the necessary standards.

In addition to client requirements, SOC 2 compliance can also help companies to improve their overall security posture. The audit process involves a thorough assessment of a company’s controls and can identify weaknesses or areas for improvement. By addressing these issues, companies can improve their security and reduce the risk of data breaches or other security incidents.

What are some other benefits?

Another benefit of SOC 2 compliance is that it can help companies to stand out from their competitors.

With so many service providers in the market, having a SOC 2 report can help to differentiate a company and demonstrate their commitment to security and privacy.

This can be particularly important in industries where data security is a top concern, such as healthcare or financial services.

Finally, SOC 2 compliance can help to mitigate the risk of legal or regulatory action. With increasing regulations around data privacy and security, companies that fail to adequately protect their clients’ data can face significant legal and financial consequences.

By undergoing a SOC 2 audit and meeting the necessary standards, companies can demonstrate that they are taking steps to protect their clients’ data and reduce the risk of legal or regulatory action.

If you are a service provider that handles sensitive information, it is important to consider SOC 2 compliance as a way to protect your clients’ data and improve your business.

We’re one (1) of the very few IT providers in the State of Michigan that are SOC 2 Type 1 Audited. We can help you get started!

Outlining the CMMC Process: Gap Analysis and SPRS Score

Outlining the CMMC Process: Gap Analysis and SPRS Score

Perform a Gap Analysis

What’s a gap analysis and why is it necessary? 

Great question…

A gap analysis is the process of identifying the gaps between your organization’s current cybersecurity practices and the practices required by the CMMC framework. 

A gap analysis helps organizations identify the areas where they need to improve to meet the certification requirements.

Gap Analysis Process

The process involves reviewing your current policies, procedures, and controls to identify any areas that need to be updated or improved.

We take two to three (2 to 3) virtual or in-person meetings to determine where your company currently stands with CMMC requirements.

What’s the Result of a Gap Analysis?

The result of a gap analysis is a report that highlights the gaps between your current practices and the CMMC requirements. This report can be used to develop a plan to address the gaps and achieve compliance.

That’s where we come in.

Our cyber security professionals review your assessment and provide recommendations through conversations with you about how to make CMMC work best for your company.

Deliverables involved:

  • Gap Analysis
  • SPRS Score
  • A detailed quote for any requested IT or policy services

What’s a SPRS Score?

The SPRS score is a rating system used by the Department of Defense (DoD) to assess the cybersecurity practices of its suppliers. 

The SPRS score is based on a cybersecurity assessment questionnaire that suppliers must complete. 

The questionnaire evaluates the supplier’s compliance with the cybersecurity requirements outlined in the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) and the NIST SP 800-171 cybersecurity framework. 

The SPRS score ranges from 0 to 110, with a higher score indicating better compliance. A score of 110 is required for suppliers to be eligible to bid on certain contracts.

In the context of CMMC compliance, the SPRS score is used to assess a supplier’s readiness to achieve certification. The SPRS score can help organizations identify areas where they need to improve to meet the certification requirements. The score is used by the DoD to prioritize suppliers for assessment and to monitor the cybersecurity practices of its suppliers.

Why You Need Gap Analysis and SPRS Score for CMMC?

In summary, gap analysis and SPRS score are important tools for organizations seeking to achieve CMMC compliance. Gap analysis helps organizations identify the areas where they need to improve to meet the certification requirements, while SPRS score is used to assess a supplier’s readiness to achieve certification and to monitor the cybersecurity practices of its suppliers.

How to identify if you need CMMC?

How to identify if you need CMMC?

Identify CMMC

Before we identify CMMC, we must understand Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

CUI is an important factor in achieving CMMC, because protecting CUI is a key component of cybersecurity.

The CMMC model is a framework that helps organizations assess and improve their cybersecurity posture. It’s designed to help organizations achieve a baseline level of cybersecurity maturity that aligns with their risk management goals and objectives.

One of the key security controls in CMMC is the protection of CUI. Organizations that handle CUI must ensure that they are safeguarding this information in accordance with applicable laws, regulations, and guidance. This includes identifying and marking CUI appropriately, as well as implementing the appropriate security controls to protect it.

Understanding CUI (Classified Uncontrolled Information)

CUI is a category of sensitive but unclassified information that is regulated by the US government. To ensure that CUI is appropriately safeguarded, specific markings and controls are used to identify it. They are:

1. Banner & Footer Markings

These markings may include a statement indicating that the document contains CUI and should be handled accordingly. For example, a banner marking might read “Controlled Unclassified Information – Do Not Release Without Authorization.” Footer markings may include the specific CUI category and subcategory.

Pro-tip: There is no requirement to add the “U,” signifying unclassified, to the banner and footer as was required with the old FOUO marking (i.e., U//FOUO).

CUI markings in classified documents will appear in paragraphs or subparagraphs known to contain only CUI and must be portion marked with “(CUI).” “CUI” will not appear in the banner or footer.

Last tip – there will be an acknowledgement added to the warning box on the first page of multi-page documents to alert readers to the presence of CUI in a classified DoD document. 

2. Category & Sub-Category Markings

These are used to identify the type of information and the level of protection it requires. Categories may include areas such as “Legal,” “Financial,” or “Defense.” Subcategories provide further specificity within each category. For example, within the “Defense” category, subcategories may include “Weapons Systems Design” or “Military Operations.”

3. CUI Basic vs. CUI Specified

CUI Basic refers to information that is not specifically listed in the CUI Registry but still requires safeguarding. CUI Specified refers to information that is specifically listed in the CUI Registry and has a designated category and subcategory. CUI Specified will also be marked with (SP-) on the document.

4. Limited Dessimination Controls

Limited dissemination controls are used to restrict the distribution of CUI to authorized individuals only. This may include controls such as password protection, access controls, or encryption.

5. Portion Markings

Portion markings are used to identify specific sections of a document that contain CUI. This allows individuals to quickly identify which portions of the document are sensitive and require protection. Portion markings may include labels such as “CUI,” “FOUO” (For Official Use Only), or “Limited Distribution.”

Quick side note: if Portion Markings used in one part of the document, they must be used throughout the entire document.


Why You Should Choose ICS Data for Third-Party Patching

Why You Should Choose ICS Data for Third-Party Patching

What is Third-Party Patching?

Third-party patching is an essential aspect of cybersecurity that many organizations often overlook. Cybercriminals often exploit vulnerabilities in popular software like Adobe, Firefox, and Chrome to launch cyberattacks. Thus, it is crucial to keep these applications up-to-date to reduce the risk of cyber threats. However, updating your operating system alone won’t resolve patching.

Why you should choose ICS Data for Third-Party Patching

Our most significant point of difference in third-party patching is that we test operating systems and updates ourselves – prior to executing any changes for our clients.

In addition, we provide timely and relevant notifications on patch releases, and we work closely with our clients to determine which patches are most important to their infrastructure.

Tired of wasting time on computer updates?

We’ve got you covered… 

We save you time by updating all of your machines overnight – this means you don’t have to worry about disrupting daily operations to install patches manually. 

Our 24 to 7 performance monitoring ensures real-time detection of potential security threats. 

Why is third-party patching so important?

According to the *2021 Data Breach investigations Report by Verizon, 85% of data breaches involved a human element and 61% involved the use of stolen or weak credentials. Additionally, the report found that 39% of data breaches were initiated through web applications.

These statistics highlight the importance of keeping software applications up-to-date and patched to reduce the risk of cyberattacks. Unpatched vulnerabilities in operating systems and applications can be easily exploited by cybercriminals to gain access to sensitive data and systems.

*Source: Verizon. (2021). 2021 Data Breach Investigations Report. Retrieved from