We live in an opportunistic time, with 72% of attackers simply going after the easiest targets, which means the stronger your defenses, the more likely you are to deter the bad guys. Enter Agio PCI 360°, a holistic, programmatic approach to maintaining PCI compliance through proactive collaboration and CISO-style guidance, with a long-term view towards strengthening your security posture.
Agio provides managed IT and cybersecurity services to firms at every stage, including technology hosting, monitoring, management, disaster prevention and recovery, managed security, cybersecurity consulting, and other high-end services.
As a trusted PCI Qualified Security Assessor (QSA) for nearly a decade, our program is tailored to address PCI compliance for merchants and service providers alike. Agio PCI 360° is a holistic, programmatic approach to maintaining PCI compliance through proactive collaboration and CISO-style guidance, with a long-term view towards strengthening your security posture. Led by your assigned QSA and dedicated Project Manager, our annual program helps you make steady progress against PCI milestones throughout the year, as we collaborate with you at a sustainable pace. What’s more, PCI 360° realizes cost benefits by amortizing your PCI spend throughout the year, providing a manageable, predicable, and digestible budget.
Maintaining PCI compliance requires a month-in, month-out commitment to habitual activities that maintain compliance and fortify your cybersecurity defenses. While it’s typical to focus a high level of effort on compliance activities for a concentrated period of time, we spread those activities over the course of 12 months, so they become more manageable and less disruptive to your organization. Instead of having a steep climb to compliance every year, Agio PCI 360° manages the process for you, with a prescribed, yet digestible, level of steady effort. By fitting into your existing security and compliance framework and augmenting the expertise and specific skills your firm already possesses, we form a custom partnership that maximizes your benefit.
We know what it takes to be compliant, and we’re going to get you there. Specifically, our partnership with you includes the following activities, which can be customized to fit the size and maturity of your organization.
Policy review and development
Security risk assessment and gap analysis against best practices and the PCI Standard
Vulnerability scanning and assessments
Penetration testing, including social engineering
Incident response testing and breach management
Security awareness training
Program management, plus a web portal for PCI compliance collaboration
Ad hoc security and compliance consulting
Assistance with your SAQ or a formal RoC assessment
Every company subject to the PCI Standard needs an experienced guide to help them navigate the compliance waters, specific to their unique needs. With Agio PCI 360° you get CISO-level advice from our Primary QSA to ensure you understand the nature of your environment against the backdrop of PCI compliance. In your monthly check-ins, we sit down with you to discuss the best short term, tactical steps to take you from point A to point B, with your long-term security posture in mind. Beyond that, your QSA is also available to attend any discussions with your acquirer(s) or other third parties to assure you know what is expected of your company and why.
In addition, a committed Project Manager (PM) and our PCI Portal serve to keep you on schedule and on budget. Specifically, your PM oversees the milestones of your tailored program, reports on the status of ongoing or upcoming events and tasks, plans future work, and troubleshoots problems or issues that arise. And if you have any questions about the tracking of your overall engagement, you have full access to the same PCI Portal.
While many compliance requirements and standards are relatively new, Agio has performed IT security assessments for nearly 20 years, focused primarily on the retail and hospitality, healthcare, government, and education industries. We are qualified to perform any assessment, scan, or consulting engagement needed for PCI compliance, and, as QSAs, we are specifically authorized to conduct the formal assessment and provide a Report on Compliance (RoC).
All of our internal, full-time QSAs are all practicing IT security consultants with an average of 10 years’ experience. This is an important distinction between our expertise and that of a pure audit firm. Auditors without a technical background don’t necessarily understand the security or operational implications of the recommendations made and guidance provided, which can leave you open to non-compliance. It’s Agio’s technical background and detailed understanding of PCI compliance that offers you a robust, effective compliance partner with an understanding of the what’s, why’s, and how’s of your compliance.
Agio Incident Response is a planned program designed for the unplanned. Over the course of 12 months we onboard, organize, prep and continually test your ability to respond when a breach happens. We get, and keep you, battle-ready so when an attack happens, we mobilize immediately and effectively, neutralizing the threat and containing your exposure.
Here’s what the program includes:
o Environment Discovery
o Data Mapping
o Incident Response Plan Development & Review
- Incident Response Policy
- Data Classification Policy
- Incident Response Procedure
- Incident Response Communication-Chain of Command Procedure
o Tactical/Operational Incident Response Tabletop Exercise
Monthly Incident Response Readiness Review
Quarterly Status Review (monthly for first three months after going live)
o Intelligence Briefings
o Cybersecurity Events & Incidents Statistics Review
Annual Executive IR Tabletop Exercise
Incident Response Annual Review & Report
Red Team Security Assessment* (annually, if applicable)
It’s about practicing chaos. You’ll never be able to predict the specific type of breach your firm will ultimately fall victim to, but you can predict how you respond. And that response is comprised of the people you have in place, the processes you’ve implemented, and the technology that supports it all. How do these three facets interact with one another when tragedy strikes? Where are the loopholes, the gaps, and the ambiguity within your plan?
These are the details, when left undiscovered, unremediated and unrehearsed, create chaos on top of chaos for organizations.
We’re here to fix that. By proactively learning your environment, mapping what data lives where, reviewing your policies with a critical eye, and then practicing chaos, we improve your reaction to a breach. Your response goes from languid, haphazard and insufficient to immediate, efficient, and most importantly, effective.
It’s tempting to sit back and hope that a breach won’t happen. Or maybe when it does, that it’s not that bad. But when your company’s operations, reputation, and even your career are on the line, hope isn’t a strategy. Because even if the initial breach doesn’t bring down your environment, the longer the malicious activity goes undetected and unaddressed, the worse it gets. What may have started as a cybersecurity event, can quickly escalate to an incident and a full-blown breach.
TIME IS MONEY
Then there’s the financials. Bringing in an Incident Response team only after a breach guarantees one thing; you’re going to pay. Why? Because the firm you bring in, even if they’re the best, doesn’t know your environment. They don’t know where your data lives; they don’t know how you collect and store that data (for analysis); they don’t know your policies; and they don’t know who’s involved in your Incident Response Plan. They’re flying blind, and it’s going to take them time to get up to speed. That’s time you’re paying for, and even more importantly, that’s time in which the breach is getting worse.
By investing in an Incident Response service, proactively, you drastically reduce your time to resolution, which means less money out the door, less exposure and ultimately less damage. And you look good for preparing for the inevitable. You took chaos, mapped it, prepared for it, and even amortized it (i.e the cost). Well played.