Nov
05

Austin, TX Cybersecurity, Information Security Consultant & Compliance Services

FLANK is Austin’s leading provider of comprehensive information security, cybersecurity, and regulatory compliance services and solutions. We’ve been working with Austin businesses for years, offering high-quality, fixed-fee services for many of today’s challenging and demanding information security, corporate governance, and regulatory compliance issues.

FLANK offers the following services for businesses in and around the greater Austin, TX metro area:

Information Security Services & SolutionsRegulatory Compliance Readiness & Gap AssessmentsInformation Security Policies and Procedures Writing ServicesRisk AssessmentsSecurity Awareness Training ProgramsPenetration TestingOutsourced Compliance Officer ServicesIndustry Leading Corporate Governance Services & SolutionsInformation Security Services & Solutions

FLANK provides a wide-range of information security/cybersecurity services and solutions to Austin businesses. With today’s demanding security, governance, and compliance initiatives costing businesses massive amounts of money and time, FLANK is ready to assist in all ways possible. We offer fixed-fees and high-quality services for the following compliance standards and frameworks:

FISMA/NIST SP 800DFARS NIST 800-171PCI DSSHIPAAGLBAGDPRFBI CJISCMSRegulatory Compliance Readiness & Gap Assessments

Many of today’s regulatory compliance mandates – PCI DSS, SOC audits, GDPR, FISMA, and many more – require organizations to really dig deep and think about the following core issues: Where do we start in terms of such an audit? What’s the scope? Do we have gaps and deficiencies, and if so, how do we correct them? These are just a few of the dozens upon dozens of questions we get from Austin businesses.

Therefore, you can quickly see and understand the importance of kicking off your compliance efforts with a much-needed, highly essential readiness & gap assessment. In the end, many of today’s alphabet soup of compliance mandates would be well-served by beginning with a readiness & gap assessment, which FLANK offers for the following compliance frameworks and regulations:

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Oct
12

Dallas, TX Cybersecurity, Information Security Consultant & Compliance Services

FLANK is Dallas’ leading provider of comprehensive information security and cybersecurity compliance and consulting services and solutions. We offer high-quality services at fixed-fees for many of today’s complex InfoSec challenges. From policy and procedures writing to penetration testing – and more – businesses in Dallas turn to FLANK, and so should you.

Specifically, FLANK offers the following security and compliance services to Dallas businesses:

Federal Regulatory Compliance ServicesReadiness Assessments & Gap Analysis FindingsInformation Security Policy Writing ServicesPenetration Testing ServicesRisk AssessmentsSecurity Awareness TrainingCloud Security & Compliance Services

Federal Regulatory Compliance Services: FLANK offers a wide-range of federal compliance services and solutions for businesses in and throughout the Dallas metroplex. With the Texas economy booming like never before, thousands of businesses are starting up -and re-locating to the DFW area – which also means large security and compliance reporting is fast becoming essential. FLANK offers services for the following federal standards and regulations:

FISMA/NIST SP 800-53DFARS NIST 800-171GLBAHIPAA/HITECHFBI CJISCMSAnd more

We’re Texas’ leading provider of federal compliance services, offering superior delivery and fixed-fee pricing. Contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

Readiness Assessments & Gap Analysis Findings: Many of today’s regulatory compliance mandates are incredibly demanding, challenging, and very time-consuming. Even worse, trying to jump right into an audit before even considering critical scoping issues spells trouble and cost overruns. The easy fix for an efficient, cost-effective, and successful audit with any of today’s compliance mandates (i.e., PCI DSS, SOC audits, FISMA, GDPR, HIPAA, GLBA, and more) is to begin the process with a scoping & readiness assessment.

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Oct
02

GDPR Compliance Consultants for San Antonio Businesses

FLANK provides industry leading GDPR compliance and consulting services for business in and around the greater San Antonio area. If you’re a business in San Antonio that stores, processes, and/or transmits personal data for EU data subjects, then compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation is an absolute must.

And even if you’re not directly storing, processing, and/or transmitting personal data – but have an indirect relationship to such data – then once again, compliance with the GDPR is essential.  There’s seems to be quite a bit of confusion on the merits of GDPR compliance – specifically – regarding the following:

How does my company become GDPR compliant?There’s so much information on the Internet regarding GDPR compliance, so what’s the best source?Do we have to have certain types of policies and procedures in place for GDPR compliance?Do we need to have a Data Protection Officer (DPO) on staff, full-time?Comprehensive GDPR Services & Solutions for Texas Businesses

FLANK has answers to all of the above questions – and much more – and it all begins with a GDPR Readiness & Gap assessment performed by our highly capable and competent consultants. FLANK also offers San Antonio businesses numerous other GDPR compliance services, such as policy and procedures writing, control remediation, outsourced DPO solutions, and more.

GDPR Readiness & Gap Assessments: Performing a gap assessment for GDPR compliance is fundamentally important as it helps businesses understand the following critical elements:

What business processes are in scope for GDPR compliance?What types of personal data do we as a company store, process, and/or transmit for EU data subjects?What documentation, such as policies and procedures – are we missing?What additional enhancements must be put in place for privacy concerns?Do we have adequate “consent” measures in place when interacting with EU data subjects?

Such questions, and many others, are fully answered when performing a GDPR readiness & gap assessment with FLANK.

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Oct
01

FISMA Compliance & Certification Checklist for Federal Contractors

FISMA compliance & certification for federal contractors can often be a challenging and operationally taxing experience, creating immense burdens for businesses unprepared for one of North America’s most comprehensive compliance mandates. Are you providing essential services to a federal agency and have been asked to become compliant with the 2014 Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA)? Unsure where to begin with FISMA compliance as the process can seem overwhelming? Then use the FISMA compliance & certification checklist, developed by FLANK.

FLANK is North America’s leading provider of federal compliance services, offering a wide-range of solutions for helping businesses save time and money with FISMA compliance & certification. 

FISMA Compliance & Certification Checklist – What You Need to Know

As for our FISMA compliance & certification checklist for federal contractors, here’s what businesses need to know.

1. FISMA is a Process, One That Can Take Quite a Bit of Time2. Performing a FISMA Readiness & Gap Assessment is Essential3. Information Policies and Procedures are Absolutely Critical for FISMA4. Download the FISMA Policy Toolkit & Templates Today5. Be Prepared to Invest in Security Tools6. Undertake Necessary Operational Initiatives7. Identify and Evaluate Third-Party Relationships8. Perform Continuous Monitoring as Needed9. Take the Next Step with FLANK

FISMA is a Process, One That Can Take Quite a Bit of Time

As federal compliance consultants, we’re often asked if we can come into an organization and make them FISMA compliant in a day, a week, perhaps a month. Can we give somebody a certificate or plaque of approval? Unfortunately, compliance with FISMA doesn’t work that way. It’s not a simple checklist or check-the-box assessment process, not at all. Rather, FIMSA is a process, an evolution of an organization’s culture, and one that can take time.

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Sep
24

GDPR Compliance Consulting Services for Houston, TX Businesses

Businesses in Houston – and all throughout Texas – that store, process, and/or transmit personal data for European Union data subjects must now become compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation – simply known as the GDPR. But there seems to be quite a bit of confusion and misunderstanding of what GDPR is, what compliance really means, and how to go about becoming compliant.

FLANK, Texas’ leading provider of security, governance, and compliance services, offers the following comprehensive solutions for GDPR compliance for Houston businesses:

GDPR Readiness & Gap Assessments: Because of the complexity of the actual GDPR law – it’s a massive piece of legislation – businesses are wise to begin with a much-needed readiness & gap assessment.

Specifically, FLANK’s GDPR readiness & gap assessment provides the following benefits:

Helps in identifying project scope in terms of types of EU personal data, physical locations, third-party providers involved, and much more.Assesses control gaps and deficiencies and provides an actionable roadmap for quick and efficient remediation, especially when it comes to much-need policies and procedures, and other supporting documentation.Provides clarity, transparency, and accountability for the road ahead in terms of achieving GDPR compliance.

GDPR All-in-One Toolkit: Documentation is one of the most fundamentally important elements when it comes to complying with the General Data Protection Regulation. You’ll need to have policies and procedures in place that discuss data subject rights, information security best practices, consent measures, and so much more.

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Sep
20

Virtual & Outsourced, Contract Regulatory Compliance Officer & Services

Regulatory compliance reporting requirements are at an all-time high in today’s business world, and it’s why you should be considering FLANK for virtual & outsourced regulatory compliance officer services and solutions for your business. Have annual regulatory compliance reporting needs – such as SOC 1, SOC 2, PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA, DFARS, GDPR, and more – yet want to stay away from hiring full-time salaried compliance officers?

FLANK has the solution, one that can save your business tens of thousands of dollars each year, yet still delivering on all the necessary compliance reporting objectives for your business. Download the Virtual & Outsourced Regulatory Compliance Services Menu today.

Top 5 Reasons for a Virtual/Outsourced Compliance Officer

1. Immense Cost Savings. Why pay a six-figure salary to a full-time employee, not to mention full health benefits? You can have the expertise at a fraction of the cost with our virtual & outsourced compliance officer services.

2. We’ll Handle the Audits: PCI DSS, SOC 1 SSAE 18, SOC 2, HIPAA, FISMA, and more, sound familiar to you? If so, then you’re well aware of the time and costs for becoming – and staying compliant – with today’s growing alphabet soup of regulations. Hey, we can save you literally tens of thousands of dollars every year on regulatory compliance audits. How? By letting us take control of your audits from beginning to end, creating efficiencies every step of the way.

3. Expertise Only When You Need it: That’s right. We only bill you when we’re working. Try that with a full-time employee! Saving time and money with compliance is now easier than ever with FLANK’s virtual, outsourced, and contracted regulatory compliance officer services and solutions for today’s growing businesses.

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Sep
20

GDPR Compliance Consultants for Dallas Businesses

FLANK, a leading provider of security and compliance solutions for Texas businesses, offers industry leading GDPR compliance, consulting, and assessment services for the greater Dallas Fort Worth metroplex. If your business stores, processes, and/or transmits personal data for European Union data subjects, then compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is absolutely essential.

But there seems to be quite a bit of confusion on becoming GDPR compliant – specifically – how to become compliant, where to begin, what documentation needs to be in place, and so much more. The solution? Turn to FLANK, as we offer the following GDPR compliance and consulting services to Dallas businesses:

GDPR Readiness & Gap Assessments: Becoming GDPR compliant begins by performing a much-needed readiness & gap assessment, and for some very obvious reasons. First and foremost, it’s important to define and agree upon scope in terms of GDPR compliance. For example, what types of EU personal data do you store, process, and/or transmit? Do you have consent language in place for the different avenues of communication with EU data subjects? These are just a few of the many areas covered with FLANK’s comprehensive GDPR readiness & gap assessment.

GDPR Documentation Toolkits & Templates: Documentation is highly essential for fully complying with the GDPR, and FLANK delivers like no one else with our world-class GDPR Toolkits, available for instant download today for Dallas businesses at flank.org. If you’re truly going to comply with the GDPR, then you’ll need to develop policies and procedures relating to the GDPR’s core tenants of privacy, consent, information security, governance, and so much more.

FLANK has spent countless hours over the last three years researching, writing, and publishing our industry leading GDPR Toolkits and templates, and they’re now available for instant download today for Dallas businesses at flank.org.

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Sep
20

Austin, TX GDPR Compliance Consultants & Consulting Services

Are you an Austin based business in need of GDPR compliance, but unsure of where and how to begin the process of becoming compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)? Compliance with the GDPR can seem overwhelming at times, due largely to the fact the so many competing interests are involved in telling North American businesses how to become compliant.

Lawyers weigh in on the privacy issues. Information technology professionals speak about the importance of security controls. Other consultants also have their recommendations. That’s quite a bit of chatter, so turn to the Texas compliance experts at FLANK, providers of the following GDPR services for Austin businesses:

GDPR Readiness & Gap Assessments: The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a massive and complex piece of legislation – no question about it – and its why Austin businesses would we well-served by starting the GDPR compliance process off with a comprehensive readiness & gap assessment. Here’s what’s covered during the exercise:

Defining Scope: FLANK’s GDPR readiness & gap assessment begins by identifying the types of EU personal data you have, how it’s stored, processed, and transmitted, what third-parties are involved, and much more. In short, defining scope essentially means answering the “who, what, when, where, and why” for GDPR compliance.Assessing Control Gaps and Deficiencies: Rarely is any company fully, 100% GDPR compliant from the beginning, hence, the reason for identifying control gaps and putting in place a plan-of-action for remediation. Often times, businesses will find they are missing various information security, operational, and privacy policies and procedures. Additionally, internal controls must often be enhanced. FLANK can assist with all aspects of GDPR compliance remediation for Austin businesses. Contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.Developing a Roadmap for Compliance: Once the core elements of FLANK’s GDPR readiness & gap assessment have been completed, you’ll have a clear path ahead for compliance in terms of deliverables, milestones and more. Having such clarity ultimately allows for an efficient and cost-effective process for becoming – and staying – GDPR compliant.

GDPR Toolkits & Templates: Compliance with the GDPR is highly dependent upon having documented policies and procedures in place. With requirements for privacy, security, consent – and other areas – absolutely essential for GDPR, FLANK has the necessary documentation you need for rapid and complete compliance. Our GDPR Toolkits are without question the world’s most comprehensive set of templates available on the market today when it comes to GDPR compliance. They’ll save you hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on essential documentation development, so visit flank.org to learn more about our services for GDPR.

Independent GDPR Assessments: Need an independent audit on your GDPR controls? FLANK can assist, as we offer highly specialized consultants with in-depth expertise in examining controls relating to the GDPR.

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Sep
19

Virtual CTO, CIO, and Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer Services

Virtual CTO, CIO, and Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer Services

FLANK is North America’s leading provider of virtual CTO & outsourced Chief Technology Officer services and solutions. Why pay a compliance office a six-figure salary, full healthcare benefits – and more, when you can accomplish all of your compliance needs at a fraction of the cost.

That’s right, with FLANK, one of our trusted I.T. personnel actually become your virtual CTO, essentially taking on the demanding job of Chief Technology Officer – but only when you need that person. This results in massive savings to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars each year in salary.

Top 5 Reasons for a Virtual/Outsourced CTO/CIO/CCO

1. Immense Cost Savings: Why spend over $100,000 + for a full-time Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and/or Chief Compliance Officer when you can get all the services and solutions you need at a fraction of the cost? Most organizations that use FLANK end up saving tens of thousands of dollars annually. Hey, time is money, and we can save you BOTH!

2. We’ll Get Your Audits Done: Spending time on regulatory compliance audits – such as SOC 1 SSAE 18, SOC 2, SOC3, PCI DSS, HIPAA, and more – can be a real drain to an organization’s bottom line. With FLANK, we’ll run the entire audit process for you, from beginning to end. We’ll work with the auditors in planning, preparing, remediating, and testing internal controls. We’re efficient, cost-effective, and will save you tens of thousands of dollars on unnecessary compliance fees.

3. Expertise Only When You Need it: That’s right, you can use FLANK’s virtual/outsourced Chief Technology Officer, Chief Information Officer, and/or Chief Compliance Officer as much or as little as you need. From fifty + hours a week to possibly just a few hours, we can customize a program for your exact needs. Contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

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Sep
18

Virtual CIO & Outsourced Chief Information Officer Services

In search of a virtual CIO/outsourced Chief Information Officer that can help save your business both time and money? Tired of the high-turnover with I.T. professionals and the high-salaries you have to pay for such services? We hear you loud and clear, and its why FLANK offers comprehensive virtual CIO/outsourced Chief Information Officer services to businesses all throughout North America, and beyond.

Regulatory compliance is here to stay, forcing businesses to spend considerable efforts in becoming – and staying – compliant with the alphabet soup of laws, regulations, and industry specific mandates.

Benefits of FLANK’s Virtual CIO Services

Immense Cost Savings: Saving tens of thousands of dollars each year on regulatory compliance costs is one of the real benefits of FLANK’s virtual CIO services and solutions. Just think – no expensive, six-figure payroll. No expenses relating to health and wellness and 401K expenses. With FLANK, you’ll receive a simple fixed fee each month, or an hourly agreed upon fee. Saving time and money, while also hiring the best and brightest in terms of a CIO are the real benefits when it comes to working with FLANK.

Efficiency and Expertise: FLANK’s team of virtual CIO’s are well-trained, well-educated, with years of relevant information technology, InfoSec, and cybersecurity expertise. With our personnel, there’s no “on the job training” needed. In fact, many of our personnel have extensive experience with Fortune 2000 companies, but also small, startup organizations.

Use Us ONLY When You Need Us: From a few hours a week to fifty + hours a week, or more, FLANK has the flexibility for meeting all of your CIO needs. What’s more, we also offer extensive regulatory compliance expertise for today’s demanding audits, such as PCI DSS, SOC 1/SOC 2, HIPAA, GDPR, and much more.

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Sep
17

Penetration Testing Companies San Antonio, TX | Fixed Fees

Looking for penetration testing companies in San Antonio, TX, then consider FLANK, a leading provider of network, cloud, wireless, and application penetration testing services for businesses throughout San Antonio. Simply complete FLANK’s quick-and-easy Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

FLANK offers the following penetration testing services for San Antonio businesses:

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT):Network Penetration TestingWebsite Application Penetration TestingApplication Penetration TestingCloud Penetration Testing (Amazon AWS, Azure, And Google Cloud Platform)Client-Side Penetration TestingWireless Penetration TestingSocial Engineering Penetration TestingBlack Box TestingWhite Box TestingGrey Box TestingPenetration testing for all types of regulatory compliance mandates

San Antonio – and the rest of the Texas Hill Country – are growing like never before, which also means that new companies establishing business will require penetration testing services against one’s in-scope information technology environment. FLANK’s penetration testers – and the services we provide – take place right here in Texas, nowhere else. We do not outsource any of our work like some providers, and we do not hire contract workers to perform penetration testing. It’s all in-house, which allows us to ensure a high degree of customer satisfaction, and security of our client’s information.

Learn About FLANK’s 5 Phases of Penetration TestingPhase I: Information Gathering and Planning: Phase I essentially involves properly scoping the penetration test in terms of information systems, goals, the type of testing to be performed (for which there are many).Phase II: Scanning: For Phase II, the pen tester can then begin “scanning”, a process of probing external/perimeter and/or internal devices for determining security flaws and weaknesses.Phase III: Simulated Attacks for Access: For Phase III, the pen tester can begin the process of actually exploiting the in-scope environment for the purpose of gaining access.Phase IV: Assessment of Access: This is where the “rubber meets the road” in terms of penetration testing as our pen tester begins the process of trying to exploit your network. Was he/she successful or were their adequate security safeguards in place? We won’t know until we perform access testing.Phase V: Post Penetration Testing Analysis & Recommendations: Getting the results you need, and in a format that’s comprehensive, easy-to-understand, and includes a detailed assessment of our findings is what we provide with our Phase VI pen test reporting.

Penetration testing is absolutely essential for many businesses in San Antonio, due primarily to the massive growth in regulatory compliance, but also for ensuring information security best practices are in place. It’s a dangerous world we all live in, with massive cybersecurity threats looming each and every day. You need to protect your network at all times, which means performing annual penetration testing from a proven and trusted provider in Texas, and that’s FLANK. Imagine the consequences of your network being hacked and sensitive client and/or consumer data being stolen? Unfortunately, it’s happening every day.

FLANK – San Antonio’s Penetration Testing Experts

Do you need a network, cloud, application layer, or wireless penetration test? Looking for a competent, well-trained, U.S. based firm for penetration testing services? Then get to know FLANK, Texas’ leading provider of high-quality penetration testing services for businesses in and around San Antonio. Much like Austin, San Antonio and the greater surrounding Texas Hill Country is experiencing phenomenal growth, which also means massive regulatory compliance and security requirements being imposed on businesses.

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Sep
13

Penetration Testing Services for Austin, TX Businesses

FLANK offers comprehensive, fixed-fee penetration testing services for Austin, TX businesses. Growing regulatory compliance reporting often requires annual penetration testing to be conducted for PCI DSS compliance, HIPAA, SOC reporting, FISMA, and more.

FLANK offers the following penetration testing services for Austin businesses (get a free quote on penetration testing services today with our easy-to-complete online portal):

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)Network Penetration TestingWebsite Application Penetration TestingApplication Penetration TestingCloud Penetration Testing (Amazon AWS, Azure, And Google Cloud Platform)Client-Side Penetration TestingWireless Penetration TestingSocial Engineering Penetration TestingBlack Box TestingWhite Box TestingGrey Box TestingPenetration testing for all types of regulatory compliance mandates

And not all penetration testing services are alike, not at all. With FLANK, all of our penetration testers – and testing activities – take place right here in Texas, and nowhere else. Many other companies boast of great fees and great services, but dig deeper, and they’re often using third-party contract services outside of the country. Do you really want to be giving sensitive credential information to a company outside of the country? Probably not, so turn to Austin’s penetration testing experts today at FLANK. To learn more, please complete our penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

Looking for the very best in penetration testing services in Austin, TX, a proven provider with great service and great fees? Then contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or simply complete FLANK’s quick-and-easy Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

Learn About FLANK’s 5 Phases of Penetration TestingPhase I: Information Gathering and Planning: Phase I essentially involves properly scoping the penetration test in terms of information systems, goals, the type of testing to be performed (for which there are many).Phase II: Scanning: For Phase II, the pen tester can then begin “scanning”, a process of probing external/perimeter and/or internal devices for determining security flaws and weaknesses.Phase III: Simulated Attacks for Access: For Phase III, the pen tester can begin the process of actually exploiting the in-scope environment for the purpose of gaining access.Phase IV: Assessment of Access: Phase IV is where all the action happens when it comes to penetration testing. After all, this is where the pen tester actually begins the process of trying to exploit and compromise your systems. How successful was the pen tester in gaining access to sensitive client and corporate data? What security checks were in place for preventing access? The answers will come during this stage, and sometimes you may not like the results. Regardless, its why you perform pen testing – to determine the maturity of your controls, or lack thereof.Phase V: Post Penetration Testing Analysis & Recommendations: FLANK provides highly comprehensive, easy-to-interpret pen test results for your organization.

FLANK’s phased approach for penetration testing services are comprehensive, efficient, and top-notch. We want to ensure your organization is safe and secure from the constant threat of hackers and other nefarious attack vectors, so contact us today to learn more. Penetration testing is now a must for thousands of businesses throughout the Austin, TX area, due largely to regulatory compliance and growing security concerns. We have the expertise and manpower for conducting any type of penetration test you need, so let’s talk today.

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Sep
13

Network Penetration Testing Services Company – Fixed Fees

FLANK, a leader in cybersecurity & compliance, is a well-respected penetration testing services company offering industry leading pen tests for businesses all throughout North America. To learn more about our services, please complete our Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today.

Penetration testing is absolutely essential for tens of thousands of businesses, and FLANK offers the following types of pen tests:

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)Network Penetration Testing“External” Network Penetration Testing“Internal” Network Penetration Testing“Network Layer” Penetration Testing“Application Layer” Penetration TestingWebsite Application Penetration Testing Application Penetration TestingCloud (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) Penetration TestingClient-Side Penetration TestingWireless Penetration TestingSocial Engineering Penetration TestingBlack Box TestingWhite Box TestingGrey/Gray Box TestingNorth America’s Leading Provider of Penetration Testing Services

From growing regulatory compliance mandates – such as PCI DSS, HIPAA, FISMA compliance, and more – to putting in place information security best practices, penetration testing is now a must for businesses all throughout North America. FLANK has the expertise and manpower for all of your penetration testing needs. Additionally, we offer fixed-fees, rapid report turnaround, and more. To learn more about our services, please complete our Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today.

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT), while not an actual type of penetration test, OSINT is more of an essential initiative that must be undertaken for every penetration test performed. OSINT, as the name implies, requires a pen tester to undertake comprehensive measures for learning all about the in-scope environment/target systems that will be pen tested. The more a pen tester knows – especially for white box testing – the more value the test is, the safer the test is, and the more meaningful the results are.

A capable pen tester will take the time to learn everything they can for ensuring maximum benefits of the pen test performed. What’s more, when performed correctly, OSINT initiatives can actually identify security issues, gaps, and weaknesses within one’s environment before the pen test begins. 

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Sep
12

Different Phases and Stages of Penetration Testing

Learn more about the different phases and stages of penetration testing services, along with the different types of penetration tests that can be performed, courtesy of FLANK, a leading provider of cloud/SaaS, network, application, and social engineering penetration testing services. To learn more about our services, please complete our Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today.

5 Phases of Penetration Testing

Phase I: Information Gathering and Planning: This phase involves properly scoping the penetration test in terms of information systems, goals, the type of testing to be performed (for which there are many). Additionally, this phase also includes gathering all necessary information and intelligence for ensuring the actual pen tester has sound knowledge of the in-scope environment/target host. The greater the understanding of the environment, the more meaningful the testing results, hence the importance of proper scoping.

Communication is the key during the information and gathering stage as both the pen tester and the client need to be very clear and in agreement on a wide-range of issues. Aggressive pen testers can actually damage an organization’s production environment. Likewise, clients who fail to provide a full and transparent understanding of one’s in-scope environment to a pen tester can result in a myriad of challenges. One of the keys for removing such issues is completing a comprehensive, well-written Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire.

Phase II: Scanning: Upon gaining a solid understanding of the in-scope environment, the pen tester can then begin “scanning”, a process of probing external/perimeter and/or internal devices for determining security flaws and weaknesses. Examples of such flaws generally include open ports and services, systems that have vulnerable operating systems and applications (largely due to patch management being ignored). In summary, a well-skilled pen tester provider – such as FLANK – is actively looking for holes to penetrate in your network – and quite often – we unfortunately find them. Note: “Scanning” is also known as Threat Modeling, Vulnerability Identification, or any other number of similar phrases.

Phase III: Simulated Attacks for Access: With possible security flaws and weaknesses now identified, the pen tester can begin the process of actually exploiting the in-scope environment for the purpose of gaining access. Once access is obtained, the pent tester will then push to see how far and deep they can go. Sometimes, access is limited, however, often they find themselves being able to access highly sensitive files and data. It’s important to ensure that scoping has been properly established for ensuring just how far and deep you want a pen tester to go.

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Sep
12

Network Penetration Testing Dallas, TX | Flat Fees

FLANK is a leading provider of penetration testing services for businesses all throughout the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. Founded by Texans who have a sincere passion for providing high-quality security, compliance, and governance solutions to Texas businesses, FLANK has been assisting Dallas businesses for years with comprehensive penetration testing services and solutions. Complete our quick-and-easy Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

Penetration Testing for Security & Compliance Reporting

Perhaps PCI DSS compliance is requiring your organization to perform a pen test. Or maybe security best practices are pushing you forward in performing annual penetration testing. Whatever your needs are, FLANK is Dallas’ leading provider of penetration testing services, offering the following tests:

Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)Network Penetration TestingWebsite Application Penetration TestingApplication Penetration TestingCloud Penetration Testing (Amazon AWS, Azure, And Google Cloud Platform)Client-Side Penetration TestingWireless Penetration TestingSocial Engineering Penetration TestingBlack Box TestingWhite Box TestingGrey Box TestingPenetration testing for Regulatory Compliance Mandates

It’s just amazing – astonishing, really – how much information technology continues to change and ultimately advance our lives. Simplicity and efficiency are now trademarks in so many things we do every day. From checking bank account balances to online grocery shopping, technology is everywhere today. Yet these very information systems that power our lives are also susceptible to growing cybersecurity attacks, and its why penetration testing has become such a common requirement.

After all, penetration testing is one of the very best measures for assessing the safety and security of one’s information technology architecture, and FLANK is Dallas’ leading provider of penetration testing services. Complete FLANK’s Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

Network Penetration Testing Dallas, TX – Talk to FLANK

Penetration testing has become an annual requirement for thousands of businesses throughout the DFW area, and FLANK has the expertise, manpower, and capabilities for providing high-quality, fixed-fee penetration testing services. The Dallas economy is booming – and it’s only going to get bigger – which also means that regulatory compliance and security requirements will ultimately mandate pen testing for businesses all throughout the DFW area.

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Sep
10

Penetration Testing Company for Houston, TX Businesses – Flat Fees

Looking for penetration testing companies in Houston? Then turn to FLANK, one of Texas’ leading providers of comprehensive penetration testing services. We’ve performed hundreds of penetration tests for businesses all throughout the Lone Star State, offering set fees for a wide-range of penetration testing services. FLANK’s founders are native Texans, so we know H-Town inside and out, from the Woodlands to Sugarland, Kingwood to Katy.

Complete our quick-and-easy Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today to receive a quote.

FLANK offers the following penetration testing services for Houston businesses:Reconnaissance, Intelligence and Open Source Intelligence Gathering (OSINT)Network Penetration TestingWebsite Application Penetration TestingApplication Penetration TestingCloud (SaaS, PaaS, and IaaS) Penetration TestingClient-Side Penetration TestingWireless Penetration TestingSocial Engineering Penetration TestingBlack Box TestingWhite Box TestingGrey Box TestingPenetration testing for all types of regulatory compliance mandatesHouston’s Penetration Testing Leader – Flat Fees

Services offered include White Box, Black Box, Grey/Gray Box testing, accompanied by internal, external, network layer, and application layer penetration testing, and much more. Whatever type of penetration test you need, FLANK delivers, on time, on budget, and without compromising critical systems within your development and/or production environment.

Bottom line, we do penetration testing the right way. After all, after performing literally hundreds of tests, we’ve put in place a methodology that’s efficient, comprehensive, yet also safe. When you’re looking for penetration testing companies in Houston, TX – or anywhere in the Lone Star State – talk to FLANK. Simply complete FLANK’s Penetration Testing Scoping Questionnaire today.

Comprehensive Penetration Testing Services for Houston Businesses

FLANK offers the following comprehensive penetrating testing services for Houston, TX businesses – all at fixed-fees:

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Aug
29

Gramm Leach Bliley (GLBA) and 23 NYCRR 500 Audit, Assessment, Compliance and Consulting Services

FLANK provides industry leading Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA) and 23 NYCRR 500 audit, assessment, compliance, and consulting services to businesses throughout North America. With years of working in the highly regulated financial services and consumer services industry, FLANK offers an award winning GLBA Compliance Packet for helping financial services firms ensure rapid and complete compliance with all necessary provisions of the Gramm Leach Bliley Act.

Available for instant download, businesses will receive the following documentation contained within the GLBA Compliance Policy Packet from FLANK:

1. GLBA Information Security Program Template: The “GLBA Information Security Program” Template is the actual document that outlines an organization’s policies, procedures, and processes relating to GLBA compliance. It’s been developed exclusively by FLANK, and it’s an easy and convenient way to showcase compliance to customers, prospects, federal regulators, and other interested parties.

2. Information Security Policies and Procedures Manual: The true framework of any regulatory compliance mandate – especially GLBA compliance – are information security policies and procedures. Our GLBA Compliance Policy Packet comes complete with an in-depth set of policies and procedures that are robust, easy-to-use, and high-quality.

3. Employee Security Awareness Training Packet: What’s the very best way for ensuring the safety and security of organizational assets throughout an enterprise, while also sufficing for GLBA compliance – security awareness training – and it’s why our GLBA Compliance Policy Packet includes in-depth, comprehensive, and up-to-date security training materials. We offer a security awareness training manual for properly training and educating your employees on critical security issues, threats, and best practices for today’s cybersecurity world.

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Aug
28

DFARS NIST 800 171 Compliance Consultants for Washington DC, Northern Virginia, MD

FLANK provides comprehensive DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance services to federal contractors throughout the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area, including Baltimore, Northern Virginia, and other surrounding locations.

The Department of Defense has begun a huge push for ensuring that federal contractors are in compliance with the new DFARS mandates; provisions that require implementation of NIST SP 800-171, Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Information Systems and Organizations. Many contractors are understandably overwhelmed when it comes to DFARS compliance – specifically – what systems are actually in scope and what steps are necessary for implementation of NIST SP 800-171?

DFARS NIST 800 -71 Compliance from Northern Virginia’s Federal Compliance Experts

Are you a federal contractor – prime or sub – located in the Washington, D.C., Northern Virginia, or Baltimore area in need of much-needed guidance and support services regarding DFARS compliance in accordance with the NIST SP 800-171 provisions? If so, then you’ll need to be aware of the following subject matter, best practices – and services offered by FLANK – for gaining a true understanding of DFARS 252.204-7012 compliance:Understand the Origins of DFARS 252.204-7012

While FISMA compliance – the Federal Information Security Management Act – was signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2002, federal contractors were still not being held to the truest of standards and measures for information security compliance. But in a post 9/11 and Edward Snowden world, that’s all changed, especially with DoD contractors. The Pentagon is serious about information security, so if you’re offering any type of service to the DoD – or other federal agencies – you’ll start seeing strict requirements for DFARS 252.204-7012 compliance, no question about it. FLANK offers comprehensive federal compliance services & policy and procedures writing services, so contact us today to learn more.

And on a side note, FISMA, was amended and updated in 2014, as is now known as the Federal Information Security Modernization Act.

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Aug
20

Virtual CTO, CIO & Outsourced Chief Compliance Officer, Technology Services

FLANK offers comprehensive virtual Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Chief Information Officer (CIO), and Chief Compliance Officer outsourcing services and solutions for businesses throughout North America. Don’t want to spend six-figure fees each year on a CTO, CIO, or Chief Compliance Officer role, yet still need the expertise of a proven professional for today’s security, governance, and regulatory compliance needs?

Then turn to FLANK and we’ll provide you with one of our proven professionals with years of relevant experience in your industry.

Top 5 Reasons for a Virtual/Outsourced CTO/CIO/CCO

1. Immense Cost Savings. Why pay a massive six-figure salary to a full-time employee when you can obtain all the necessary services needed at a fraction of the cost. Companies often spend unnecessary fees on full-time employees that simply don’t offer the value in comparison to their salary.

2. Expertise Only When You Need it. We only bill you when we’re working, so there’s no costs for downtime. Isn’t that how all businesses should be run? We think so! Need us for just a few hours a week, or possibly 50 + hours a week? We can work as little or as much as you need. It’s all about flexibility when it comes to FLANK’s virtual & outsourced CTO/CIO/CCO services.

3. Need Help with Audits? Does SSAE 18 SOC 1, SOC 2, SOC 3, PCI DSS, HIPAA, GDPR, FISMA – and more – sound familiar? If so, you’re not alone and FLANK can help assist with all aspects of annual compliance reporting. That’s right, we’ll plan, prepare and work side-by-side with the external auditors for ensuring a smooth, efficient, and successful audit process from beginning to end. We can even help remediate gaps and deficiencies found during the audit process. We can do it all, and at a fraction of the cost of a full-time CTO/CIO/CCO. Contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more.

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Aug
20

Dallas, TX Virtual & Outsourced, Contract Regulatory Compliance Officer & Services

FLANK provides industry leading virtual, outsourced, and contracted regulatory compliance officer services and solutions for Dallas, TX businesses. Want to save both time and money on annual compliance costs for PCI DSS, SOC audits (SOC 1 SSAE 18 and SOC 2), HIPAA, GDPR, and more? Then talk to the outsourcing compliance experts at FLANK today.

Top 5 Reasons for a Virtual/Outsourced Compliance Officer

1. Immense Cost Savings. W-2 salaries, health and wellness benefits, and more. Those are immense costs you’ll have to incur when hiring a full-time compliance officer. Is it really necessary? For some companies, yes, but for most companies, no! The solution is to hire FLANK and utilize our industry leading virtual, outsourced, and contracted regulatory compliance officer services and solutions for Dallas, TX businesses.

2. Let FLANK Handle Your Audits. One of the biggest reasons we’re brought on board is to assist with today’s growing regulatory compliance reporting mandates. From HIPAA to PCI DSS, SOC 1 SSAE 18, SOC 2, FISMA compliance, and more, FLANK has you covered. We can run your entire audit process from beginning to end, all at a fraction of the cost of a full-time compliance officer. From the initial audit kick-off meeting to remediation and testing of controls – and more – we can get the job done.

3. Expertise ONLY When You Need it. Need compliance help for 5 hours a week, all the way up to 50 hours, or more? We’ve got you covered with our flexible scheduling and bill rates that will fit your budget. Why spend tens of thousands of dollars on a compliance officer each year if they’re not needed?

4. Look and Feel of a Full-Time Compliance Officer. Simply give us an email address, assign us a formal title, and in literally minutes we’re up and running as your compliance officer. We’ll communicate with the auditors, inform management of current internal control policies and procedures, and so much more. There’s no long hiring process like a full-time compliance officer, just efficiency and scale when it comes to FLANK’s services.

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