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Center For Internet Security Expands Membership Options, Provides Additional Flexibility To Security Consultants and Auditors

2013-07-03

EAST GREENBUSH, N.Y. ---- The Center for Internet Security (CIS), a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing the cyber security readiness and response of public and private sector entities, today announced a new type of membership that further expands the availability of its CIS-CAT assessment tool, a powerful automated resource for measuring the configuration security status of information systems against CIS Benchmarks. Now available for use in a 30-day membership, the CIS-CAT Consulting Engagement Membership allows individual IT security consultants and auditors to cost-effectively leverage CIS-CAT to help meet their clients’ security goals.

CIS created the CIS-CAT Consulting Engagement Membership in response to the growing demand from security consultants and auditors needing access to CIS-CAT for short-term client engagements. Security consultants and auditors can use CIS-CAT to assess hundreds of client system configuration settings within minutes, and can easily measure, monitor and report client security configuration conformance with industry best practices while also demonstrating improvement over time.

“This new offering is the latest initiative implemented by CIS to help make cyber security more affordable and accessible,” said Rick Comeau, Executive Director, CIS Security Benchmarks division. “With the CIS-CAT Consulting Engagement Membership, IT security consultants and auditors now have another flexible option to include in their toolbox for identifying and remediating security vulnerabilities.”

System configuration issues are among the most common vulnerabilities hackers exploit to attack organizations. The 20 Critical Security Controls for Effective Cyber Defense and the Australian Government’s 35 Strategies to Mitigate Targeted Cyber Intrusions, two leading security guidelines, recommend system and application hardening as a key strategy for minimizing cyber risk. CIS-CAT helps organizations improve configuration security by identifying configuration-based vulnerabilities and providing step-by-step strategies for remediating them.

About the Center for Internet Security

The Center for Internet Security (CIS) is a nonprofit organization focused on enhancing cyber security readiness and response. CIS works through four complementary divisions – Security Benchmarks, Multi-State ISAC, Trusted Purchasing Alliance, and the Integrated Intelligence Center. Each division offers high-quality, timely products and services to help partners achieve security goals through expert guidance and cost-effective solutions. With a commitment to excellence through collaboration, CIS acts as a trusted central resource for cybersecurity in the private and public sectors.

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