Cyber Strong

It’s Friday the 13th with Halloween just a few short weeks away (side note: where did this year go?). What frightens you, growing GovCon? Often its lack of differentiation, lack of funding, stale growth, stiff competition (at lower rates!), budget cuts and finding qualified, capable teammates. Here’s one more ill to add to the pile…Cyber Compliance.

At BOOST, we’ve been lucky to have amazing Cyber experts as clients. We love this community – they get shit done. Whether they are on the offense or playing D, they love a good fight, they love to find the loopholes, they challenge the established, and they do it well. This mindset goes well beyond the traditional, old school, fill-in-the-seats GovCon. These types of companies are exactly what the government needs to fight the bad guys.

Having these people in our network has helped open our eyes to the new regulations at the end of the year circling around the new FAR clause that includes CUI compliance. As we all scramble towards the path of compliance, take a step back and ask yourself, what is your organization doing to keep its information secure? What would you do if your organization was compromised or hacked? Do you have a plan? More importantly, is this even on your radar?

All things cyber can be quite scary for a startup, especially if cyber and/or IT is not your background. We must rely on the experts and their guidance. They are out there – many newly established, single -person consultants who are trying to ride the wave of doom and gloom on CUI. Be careful when choosing with whom you’re going to work. BOOST’s partner has been in the business for 10+ years, talks the talk and walks the walk. The company has published books on cyber compliance and is well known in the industry. (Shout out to EmeSec!)

In short, don’t fear the compliance changes that are coming but look to strengthen your company in areas of risk. Grow your network to include expertise in this area. It’s not going away and can help reduce your liability as you grow and scale. Cyber security isn’t simply an industry; it’s a necessity for your business.

If you need a recommendation or introduction, I know a group. Reach out and let’s get you on the path to strong cyber, [email protected].

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