Mar
12

What is NIST 800-171 and How Do I Become Compliant?

Q: What is NIST 800-171?

Answer: NIST 800-171 is a publication titled, “Protecting Controlled Unclassified Information in Nonfederal Systems and Organizations”, which is put forth by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST 800-171 is encompassed into DFARS, ultimately requiring DoD contractors to adhere to the actual NIST 800-171 framework.

DFARS stands for the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement, which is essentially an agent supplement to the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) that is administered by the Department of Defense (DoD). Thus, the DFARS contains requirements of law, DoD directives, delegations of FAR authorities, and other essential policies and procedures that have a significant effect on the public.

While you might be asking yourself, what is NIST 800-171, you can clearly see that this publication is far-reaching and includes strict provisions for the literally thousands of contractors providing material services and solutions to the DoD – and to other federal agencies.  As for NIST 800-171, there’s much to know, so here’s what’s important in terms of regulatory compliance for DoD contractors seeking to comply with this specific publication.

Understand the Origins of NIST 800-171

Now more than any time in history, the United States government is relying on tens of thousands of external entities (i.e., federal contractors) for providing essential services in helping carry out a wide range of business functions. Federal contractors are now storing, processing, and/or transmitting large amounts of data – much of it highly sensitive – in helping support mission critical services for federal agencies. Just stop and think of the endless list of services that federal contractors provide to agencies – cloud services, doing investigative background checks, processing financial and healthcare data, and much more.

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04

FISMA Scoping & Readiness Assessments – Fixed-Fees for Federal Contractors

FLANK offers comprehensive FISMA scoping & readiness assessments and annual FISMA assessments for federal contractors throughout North America.

With growing compliance mandates being places on subs and primes from various federal agencies, becoming compliant with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) is now a mandate, so begin the process with FLANK’s proven and efficient scoping & readiness assessment today.

It’s important to understand that becoming compliant with FISMA is by no means an overnight process – it can take quite a bit of time, much more if not properly planned from the beginning, and it’s why a scoping & readiness assessment is essential. Want to save time, money, and operational headaches when it comes to FISMA, then here’s what we offer for helping you do just that.

Why a FISMA Scoping & Readiness Assessment is Essential

Assessing Scope: First and foremost, it’s important because you need to understand audit scope – specifically – what are the actual boundaries for a FISMA assessment? Do you know what business processes are to be included, what physical locations are under scope, the personnel to be involved? Important questions that need answers, and our FISMA scoping & readiness assessment fully answers them. Imaging not having clear answers to such questions – your FISMA audit would turn into a real challenge – trust us on this.

Learning about NIST SP 800-53: Additionally, you’ll need to gain a strong understanding of the relevant information security controls found within NIST SP 800-53, the authoritative publication used for assessing businesses for FISMA compliance. NIST SP 800-53 is an incredibly comprehensive documentation filled with hundreds of I.T. and operational controls that must be adhered to by federal contractors, such as access control, incident response, security awareness and training, and many more.

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Feb
25

DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance Overview for DoD Contractors

DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance is now a strict mandate and fully enforceable for all Department of Defense (DoD) contractors as of December 31, 2017.

If you met the DFARS 800-171 deadline, then congratulations, but also know that annual compliance is essential for ensuring your policies, procedures, and processes are functioning as required by the actual NIST 800-171 publication guideline.

DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance is Mandatory – Here’s What You Need to Know

If you haven’t become DFARS NIST 800-171 compliant, the clock is ticking and any number of challenges could be looming, such as the inability to obtain additional contract work from the DoD, failure to obtain work with existing upstream primes, and more. The new regulatory compliance wave is hitting federal contractors quite hard – especially DoD contractors – so getting compliant, and staying compliant, is now more important than ever. FLANK offers a great introduction to the world of DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance, so spend some time learning essential best practices from the federal compliance experts.

Missed the December 31, 2017 deadline for DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance? FLANK can help, contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to learn more about our services and solutions for federal contractors.

DFARS NIST 800-171 Compliance is Mandatory

Businesses (i.e., federal contractors) that store, process, and/or transmit Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) for federal agencies – especially the DoD – have a strict requirement for becoming DFARS NIST 800-171 compliant– that is quite clear by now. And while “self-assessing” is currently acceptable, it’s important to note that upstream entities (such as the actual DoD and primes) are now asking for sufficient evidence for DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance – specifically – a copy (or at least a summary) of one’s System Security Plan (SSP), and if remediation is needed, then also the Plan of Action and Milestones (POAM).

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Feb
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FISMA Compliance & Certification and DFARS 800-171 Services for New Hampshire Businesses

FLANK provides comprehensive FISMA compliance & certification and DFARS 800-171 services for New Hampshire businesses providing essential services to federal agencies.

From the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to the Department of Defense (DoD), and scores of other agencies, the federal government has implemented aggressive initiatives regarding cybersecurity compliance for thousands of contractors. The Granite State, while small in size, swings a big stick in terms of the number of federal contractors in the state, particularly defense contractors.

It means big compliance mandates have come calling to New Hampshire businesses, and FLANK is ready to assist. We specialize in providing comprehensive federal regulatory compliance services and solutions to businesses all throughout the nation, particularly in New Hampshire, where our firm has deep roots. From FISMA to DFARS 800-171, even assistance with FedRAMP, we offer high-quality, fixed-fee compliance services to New Hampshire businesses, so contact us today at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

World-Class FISMA and DFARS 800-171 Policy Toolkits and Templates

In need of comprehensive, well-written information security policies and procedures for FISMA, FedRAMP, and DFARS 800-171 compliance? We have them, and they’re available for instant download today at flank.org. Developing policies and procedures is one of the most demanding and time-consuming aspects of today’s federal compliance mandates, but it’s got to be done, so saving hundreds of hours begins by using our comprehensive and easy-to-use and implement policies, procedures, forms, checklists, and more.

Specifically, we offer policy toolkits and templates specific to FISMA, FedRAMP, DFARS 800-171, HIPAA, GLBA, SEC Cybersecurity, and more. These aren’t general policy templates and forms, rather, heavily researched and extremely well-written material that maps directly to each of the security control requirements found within NIST 800-53 and NIST 800-171. Along with policy templates, you’ll also receive risk assessment documentation, security awareness training materials, third-party monitoring forms, and much more. Don’t waste your time authoring InfoSec policies from scratch, and don’t try and update your existing policies – that can take even more time – simply download your very own policy toolkit today at flank.org.

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08

FISMA NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 Consultants for Houston, Texas Businesses

FLANK, one of North America’s leading providers of federal compliance solutions – and with offices throughout Texas, including Houston – provides comprehensive FISMA NIST 800-53 and DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance, consulting, and certification services.

Houston is one of the most dynamic cities in the nation. Rapid growth and a booming economy have forced huge regulatory compliance requirements onto Houston businesses – especially with the federal government – but FLANK can help. How?

FLANK Offers the Following Services and Solutions for Federal Contractors in Houston, Texas.

FISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Readiness & Gap Assessments: Becoming FISMA compliant and DFARS NIST 800-171 compliant can be a tall order for federal contractors in Houston, TX that are new to compliance. Both of these reporting mandates can take quite some time to successfully implement and report on, all the more reason for performing a much-needed readiness & gap assessment.Notable benefits of FLANK’s FISMA NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 readiness & gap assessments includes the following:

Identification and confirmation of essential scoping parameters relating to information systems, personnel, physical locations, third-party providers, and more.Determining gaps and deficiencies in terms of documentation (i.e., missing information security policies and procedures) and security/technical/operational gaps (i.e., misconfigured systems, etc.) and the related steps needed for successfully remediating such issues.Development of a comprehensive, structured, and highly formalized roadmap for FISMA NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance that includes milestones and related deliverables.

FISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Documentation Remediation for Policies and Procedures: FLANK is the world’s leading provider of comprehensive FISMA NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 policy templates and toolkits, all available for instant download today. We are the world’s leading provider of compliance documentation, so visit shop.flank.org to learn more and browse our products.

All of our documentation for federal regulatory compliance comes complete with hundreds of pages of professionally developed, well-written information security policies, procedures, forms, checklists, templates, and much more. When you want to save hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars on federal regulatory compliance, Houston, TX businesses turn to FLANK, and so should you. 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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Jan
30

FISMA Policies and Procedures & Writing Services – Fixed-Fees for Federal Contractors

FLANK, North America’s leading provider of FISMA compliance & certification services and FISMA Toolkits & Templates, also offers comprehensive FISMA policies and procedures & writing services and solutions for helping federal contractors comply with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014.

Becoming FISMA compliant can be an incredibly daunting and challenging task, something that’s made even more arduous when one assesses the documentation requirements landscape for FISMA. Policies and procedures are a big part of today’s compliance mandates – and only getting bigger – so now’s the time to turn to the trusted experts at FLANK for much-needed assistance.

Get to Know NIST SP 800-53 for FISMA Policies and Procedures

Authoring FISMA policies and procedures can be one of the most demanding and exhausting aspects when it comes to compliance with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act of 2014. Why? Because FISMA compliance ultimately means adhering to the in-depth control requirements found within NIST SP 800-53.

In short, becoming compliant with NIST SP 800-53 also means that you’re essentially complying with a large element of FISMA, at least in terms of reporting for federal contractors. However, the amount of FISMA policies and procedures that need to be created in accordance with the NIST SP 800-53 framework can be overwhelming – to say the least.

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FISMA NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 Consultants for Houston, Texas Businesses

FLANK, one of North America’s leading providers of federal compliance solutions – and with offices throughout Texas, including Houston – provides comprehensive FISMA NIST 800-53 and DFARS NIST 800-171 compliance, consulting, and certification services.

Houston is one of the most dynamic cities in the nation. Rapid growth and a booming economy have forced huge regulatory compliance requirements onto Houston businesses – especially with the federal government – but FLANK can help. How?

FLANK Offers the Following Services and Solutions for Federal Contractors in Houston, Texas.

FISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Readiness & Gap AssessmentsFISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Documentation Remediation for Policies and ProceduresFISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Technical RemediationDevelopment of SAR, SSP, POAMFISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Continuous MonitoringVirtual & Outsourced CIO/CTO/Compliance Officers

FISMA & DFARS NIST 800-171 Readiness & Gap Assessments: Becoming FISMA compliant and DFARS NIST 800-171 compliant can be a tall order for federal contractors in Houston, TX that are new to compliance. Both of these reporting mandates can take quite some time to successfully implement and report on, all the more reason for performing a much-needed readiness & gap assessment.

Notable benefits of FLANK’s FISMA NIST 800-53 & DFARS NIST 800-171 readiness & gap assessments includes the following:

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16

FISMA Compliance & Certification Services for Federal Contractors in California

FLANK offers in-depth, high-quality, fixed-fee FISMA compliance & certification services for federal contractors all throughout California. With hundreds of federal contractors located in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, and San Francisco, becoming fully compliant with the Federal Information Security Modernization Act (FISMA) of 2014 is a strict mandate for such businesses. As for FISMA, it’s without question an incredibly time-consuming and arduous compliance framework to implement, and that’s because becoming compliant means adherence to the controls put forth in NIST SP 800-53.

As a federal contractor located in California, are you being required to become FISMA compliant? Do you have all necessary documentation in place, such as policies and procedures? Do you need assistance with implementation of various I.T. and operational controls? If you answered yes, then it’s time to speak to the California federal compliance experts at FLANK today.

Proven FISMA Service and Solutions for California Businesses

We offer a variety of services and solutions for helping California businesses become FISMA compliance such as the following:

FISMA Readiness & Gap Assessments: Want to become FISMA compliant in an efficient and cost-effective manner? Then performing a much-needed readiness & gap assessment is your first step in the right direction. Businesses that fail to perform any meaningful pre-assessment work find their FISMA compliance initiatives to be challenging – and that’s putting it lightly.

You’ll need to understand assessment boundaries, what business processes are to be included in the FISMA audit, identifying internal control deficiencies, third-party scoping considerations, and so much more. Such initiatives are covered with a properly performed FISMA readiness & gap assessment, which is exactly what FLANK offers for fixed-fees to federal contractors throughout California.

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Jan
03

What is FISMA Reporting? Introduction and Overview

Q: What is FISMA reporting?

A: FISMA reporting is a process where federal contractors (i.e., businesses providing essential services and solutions to federal agencies) undertake a comprehensive process of adhering to the NIST SP 800-53 control of families, and other supporting SP documents. Additionally, FISMA reporting requires development of the following three (3) core documents: (1). System Security Plan (SSP). (2). Security Assessment Report (SAR). (3). If applicable, the Plan-of-Action and Milestones (POAM).

Introduction to NIST SP 800-53

But before you even begin to think about FISMA reporting, you’ll need to get to know NIST SP 800-53. NIST SP 800-53, titled, “Security and Privacy Controls for Information Systems and Organizations”, is an in-depth information security framework developed and published by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). It’s one of the most well-known and well-respected InfoSec frameworks in the entire world, and it’s also the core document utilized for FISMA reporting.

As such, NIST Special Publication 800-53 (Revision 5) is a comprehensive publication that seeks to develop and make available to a broad base of public and private sector organizations industry leading InfoSec and operational measures for all types of computing platforms. Such platforms generally consist of general purpose computing systems, cyber systems, cloud platforms (SaaS, IaaS and PaaS), mobile systems, industrial/process control systems (SCADA, the “GRID”), the Internet of Things (IoT) devices, and more.

The Widespread Acceptance for NIST SP 800-53

With technology now being pushed to the edge like never before, and growing cybersecurity threats creating immense challenges for organizations, a comprehensive security and privacy control framework is needed. It’s why NIST SP 800-53 is upon us, and it’s now a publication that is witnessing widespread adoption throughout North America, and even the world. It’s fair to say that both NIST SP 800-53 and ISO 27001/27002 have now become two of the most dominant security publications/frameworks in practice. NIST is largely present in North America, while ISO 27001/27002 has a strong presence in the European Union.

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Nov
16

San Antonio, TX Virtual & Outsourced, Contract Regulatory Compliance Officer & Services

FLANK offers comprehensive virtual, outsourced, and contracted regulatory compliance officer services and solutions for businesses in San Antonio and throughout the Texas Hill Country.

Organizations are being pushed more and more today when it comes to regulatory compliance, as witnessed by the surge of audit reports being requested. Familiar with SOC 1, SOC 2, PCI DSS, HIPAA, and more? Then get to know FLANK and learn more about our industry leading regulatory compliance outsourcing services today. Download the Virtual & Outsourced Regulatory Compliance Services Menu today and start saving thousands of dollars.

Top 5 Reasons for a Virtual/Outsourced Compliance Officer

1. Immense Cost Savings. Why spend almost six-figures (and many times, even more!) on a compliance officer salary for an employee? Do you really need such a person 50 + hours a week? Some companies do, but for those that don’t, the smart, cost-effective solution is to hire FLANK for regulatory compliance outsourcing.

2. Expertise ONLY When You Need it. If you don’t need a regulatory compliance offer full-time, when why pay for one full-time? It’s really that simple, isn’t it? We’ll work as little or as much as you need, and that’s called “expertise only when you need it”.

3. Look and Feel of a Full-Time Compliance Officer. All we need to get up and running as your compliance officer is a title, an e-mail, and we are good to go. Yes, it’s that easy, so forget about spending tens of thousands of dollars on head-hunting fees for finding a compliance officer – we’ve got you covered.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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