Cogent’s November Newsletter

We’re hoping to provide a welcome distraction from the U.S. Presidential election. We’ve been spending a lot of time with clients and partners worrying about how secure your company is and how prepared you are to withstand an attack, a breach, a theft so that you can do the more interesting work around generating innovation and new customers. This month, we wanted to pass along some of the ideas that are coming out of our conversations and work:

  • Who’s standing between you and the bad guys?
  • Can your company survive a cyber attack?
  • Where do you start your innovation effort?
  • Ever wonder about those guys standing on the front lines?

Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Linkedin, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow Marc Hoppers, Cogent Company Founder and Managing Partner, blog, Hops Thoughts. Also, don’t miss our new “Where We’ll Be” section in the pane on the right. These are events where we are either attending or sponsoring and would enjoy connecting with you. You can either sign up for our newsletter or read our November newsletter. We look forward to the conversations. You can reach us at info@cogentcompany.com.

Standing between you and the threat

Cyber attacks continue to grow, with cyber thieves in pursuit of personally identifiable data that can be sold on the black market. According to the 2015 Symantec Internet Security Threat report, the past year saw a 23% increase in the number of data breaches.

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Public Announcement of Cogent Company & Armor Partnership

Today, press releases and social media announced Cogent Company’s relationship with Armor. In an ever increasing effort to round out Cogent’s digital transformation offerings, we have partnered with Armor to provide leading-edge security managed services to clients who are managing complex computing environments. To find out how Cogent’s partnership with Armor can support your on-premise, cloud, or hybrid computing environment, email us at info@cogentcompany.com.

Cogent’s October Newsletter

With the never-ending security breaches, we’re announcing our partnership with Armor to address the concerns that business owners and managers have about protecting their businesses. As we continue to work to address our client’s most pressing needs, we have been working on a number of offerings to help client executives. This month, we wanted to pass along some of the ideas that we’ve been wresting with:

  • Cyber-threats are continuing to be a board-level matter
  • Prepare to change with one of Cogent’s workshop offerings
  • Assessing your current state to determine your firms future
  • Remembering Vin Scully after a 67-year baseball career

Follow us on TwitterFacebook, and Linkedin, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow Marc Hoppers, Cogent Company Founder and Managing Partner, blog, Hops Thoughts. Also, don’t miss our new “Where We’ll Be” section in the pane on the right. These are events where we are either attending or sponsoring and would enjoy connecting with you. You can either sign up for our newsletter or read our October newsletter. We look forward to the conversations. You can reach us at info@cogentcompany.com.

Cogent’s September Newsletter

Summer is winding down at Cogent Company. We’ve had a great few months of both client work, talking to prospective clients, and attending some really forward-looking conferences.

As we continue to work to address our client’s most pressing needs, we have been working on a number of offerings to help client executives. This month, you’ll learn about how we’re working to do that:

  • Prepare to change with Cogent’s Business Value Accelerator
  • Assessing your current state to determine your company’s future
  • Cyber-threats are continuing to be a board-level matter

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow Marc Hoppers, Cogent Company Founder and Managing Partner, blog, Hops Thoughts. Also, don’t miss our new “Where We’ll Be” section in the pane on the right. These are events where we are either attending or sponsoring and would enjoy connecting with you. You can either sign up for our newsletter or read our September newsletter. We look forward to the conversations.

Armor, Cogent Company Forge Partnership to Provide Security and Compliance Solutions

As many companies across industries migrate to the cloud, data protection and compliance are primary concerns. To navigate the complexities of aligning cloud platforms with comprehensive security solutions the Cogent Company, a management and technology consulting firm, and Armor, a leading provider of managed cloud security, are forging a new partnership. Through the Armor Global Partner Program, the companies will work together to provide organizations with powerful security and compliance solutions to meet their unique business needs.

“Understanding our customers’ business model, and where their security and compliance risks lie, is a huge priority for us,” said Marc Hoppers, co-founder and managing partner, Cogent Company. “Working with Armor makes this approach even more effective because we can rely on their vast experience to provide the best counsel and advice possible. The backing of their elite team puts us in ideal position to not only help our user base but also grow our business by offering proven cloud security from one of the best in the business.”

Armor offers the flexibility of two PCI and HIPAA compliant solutions based on more than 150 years of combined military cyber security experience. Armor Complete, a virtual private cloud, delivers advanced threat protection within a closed-loop system, ideal for organizations storing and managing highly-sensitive information. Debuting at Black Hat 2016, Armor Anywhere provides battle-proven protection for cloud platforms, including AWS© and Azure©, in addition to private and hybrid clouds, as well as on-premise infrastructure.

“Often, technology providers leave the execution of security processes to their customers who have little to no experience, or the time, to properly install and manage these complex systems,” said Jared Day, president, Armor. “The Cogent Company and Armor present the exact opposite philosophy. While we provide solutions that offer a tremendous benefit to customer operations, we go a step further by supporting them with an elite security operations center (SOC) to dissect and thwart the latest threats. This is a strong combination of services that makes our new partnership truly exciting.”

Get the most from your data

For the past year or so, we are increasingly asked how to think about using that data. Cogent Company’s Founder and Managing Partner, Marc Hoppers, has been presenting this summer to various groups. Recently, he worked with a team in Boston to discuss some of the considerations for handling their data needs… trends in industry, what works and what doesn’t, and how to think about next steps. This link will take you to a version of this presentation that touches on these and other topics.  2013-10-04 22.39.52

In our live workshops, we help companies consider how to approach using data:

  • Do you know what you have?
  • Do you know what you want to get from your data?
  • Do you have skilled personnel in your business that can work with the data?
  • Do you own assets that can help you deliver on your needs?
  • Do you know what’s possible?
We’d enjoy getting a chance to talk to you about your plans, problems, hopes, for what value you might receive from your data that you’re not. Email us to schedule a call to discuss your situation.

Cogent’s August Newsletter

Cogent Company hasn’t sent a monthly newsletter in a few years, but today, we are restarting our monthly practice of communicating what we’re working on and thinking about. In the past few months, we’ve been working on reworking our offerings, and we’re anxious to spin up our conversations with former, current, and future clients. Our interest, ability, and commitment to guiding clients through enterprise transformation remains unmatched. In this newsletter issue, you’ll learn about…

  • Due diligence and technology assessment offering
  • Healthcare cyber-risk assessment offering
  • Microsoft partner conference recap

We also have added a section of the newsletter to highlight events that we will either be attending or sponsoring. You can either sign up for our newsletter or read our August newsletter. We look forward to the conversations.

HIPPA Privacy, Security and Breach Risk Assessment Services

Cogent Company has launched a new service with a partner to help healthcare organizations to perform privacy and security risk assessments following Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPPA”)/Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) and the Office of Civil Rights (“OCR”) guidelines. Our team has performed over 100 successful assessments.

Our team has developed and implemented IT security and privacy risk assessment to help medical facilities protect ePHI and comply with the HIPAA Security and Privacy Rules and the HITECH Act. However, more than just a risk assessment, these engagements also provide a network assessment and consulting around best practices for networking and infrastructure design, policies and procedures. With dozens of risk assessments performed, our team has compiled significant data to review the intended purpose and expected goals, and review and analyze the results obtained.

Risk Analysis is often regarded as the first step towards HIPAA compliance. Risk analysis is a required implementation specification under the Security Management Process standard of the Administrative Safeguards portion of the HIPAA Security Rule as per Section 164.308(a)(1). Covered entities will Advisory Puzzle benefit from an effective Risk Analysis and Risk Management program beyond just being HIPAA compliant.

The overall objective of a HIPAA risk analysis is to document the Potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality, integrity, or availability of electronic protected health information (ePHI) and determine the appropriate safeguards to bring the level of risk to an acceptable and manageable level. HIPAA risk assessment helps in ensuring that controls and expenditure are fully commensurate with the risks to which the organization is exposed.

The key to any effective security program is to understand the risk level in the organization and then to determine how to effectively mitigate that risk. This requires identifying what is the data that your organization needs to protect and where that data lives and moves. This then provides the basis for security policies, practices and technologies to protect all such data, such as electronic protected health information. Risk analysis requires understanding the core business functions of the enterprise and then analyzing potential threats and vulnerabilities to assets and information. It helps identify critical business assets and associated risks.

The HIPAA Security Rule specifies a series of administrative, technical and physical security procedures for covered entities to use to assure the confidentiality of electronic protected health information (ePHI). These provisions are found at 45 CFR Part 160, and Part 164, Subparts A and C. For more details, refer to: http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/administrative/privacyrule/adminsipregtext.pdf.

To learn more about how we can help you with your security and risk audit, please contact us at info@cogentcompany.com.

IT Due Diligence & Assessment Services Launch

Cogent Company’s IT Due Diligence & Assessment (DD&A) services provide the experience and insight organizations need for a comprehensive pre-merger or pre-acquisition analysis of a target company’s IT infrastructure and organization or the baseline for a health and capabilities check of a company’s IT organization. Cogent’s rework of its DD&A services is in response to conversations with executives at client companies who have a very infrastructure- and [Read more…]