Reference Materials

Industry Insights
Real-world examples and articles written by leading security experts.
The Questions A Judge Asks You After A Data Breach
Compliance Week Webinar: The Questions A Judge Asks You After A Data Breach
SANS Security Leadership Poster 5 Keys for Building a Cybersecurity Program & CIS Controls
Multi-Factor Balancing Test: 8 Questions a Judge Will Ask You after a Data Breach

The 8 Questions a Judge Will Ask You after a Data Breach. Define your acceptable level of risk with a duty of care risk assessment.

HALOCK Article If HIPAA Seems Too Hard

In 2012, OCR and their audit partner KPMG set out to assess 115 organization and test a new HIPAA audit program, and to see what the current state of HIPAA compliance was.

HALOCK Article Ransomware

Staying ahead of security threats is no easy task. One threat that should definitely be on your radar is ransomware.

HALOCK Article A Judge Approved a Lawsuit Against Target

Business and legal journalists have been expressing disappointment at Judge Paul Magnuson’s decision to allow third party banks to sue Target Corp after their cardholder data breach.

Case Studies
Real-world examples and articles written by leading security experts.
Penetration Testing Case Study
Retail Penetration Testing Case Study
Cyber Security Summit Chicago Presentation - CIS RAM: This Math will Save You
Access the presentation file from the Cyber Security Summit Chicago session - CIS RAM: This Math Will Save You
HALOCK CASE STUDY Not All Vendors Are Created Equal A Case Study In Penetration Testing

A major university located in the Midwest was interested in comparing HALOCK’s penetration testing services to those of a competitor to see if there were any material differences.

HALOCK CASE STUDY ISO 27001 Is Good Security and Good Business

When a multi-state law firm decided that securing their highly sensitive information and information systems was critical to their success, they turned to ISO 27001.

Step-by-step guidance on compliance, security engineering and incident response concerns.
Duty of Care (DoCRA) Checklist

Determine if your risk assessment meets Duty of Care and is DoCRA compatible.

HIPAA Checklist

Whether you're implementing a new HIPAA security program or managing an existing program over time, it can be helpful to use a checklist to make sure you're covering all of the necessary steps.

HALOCK Incident Response Plan Checklist

Have an incident response plan in place before you experience an incident. Be sure that your IR plan includes the following 10 items to ensure the incident response progresses as smoothly as possible.

FastStart Vendor Risk Management Checklist

HALOCK’s FastStart Vendor Risk Management (VRM) Checklist allows organizations to initiate a formal VRM Program and get started immediately!

HALOCK 10 Must-Have Capabilities of Best-In-Class Pen Testing Providers (Pen Test Checklist)

Keeping Security Awareness top-of-mind in your organization is crucial. Use this checklist as a reference to ensure that the proper practices in your organization are being met.

Purely educational, these tools walk you through key InfoSec topics you need to know, including PCI compliance, HIPAA security rule, penetration testing and more.
The Industry Risk Assessment Disconnect and the Solution
HALOCK Information Technology Risk Assessment
Is Your Organization Exercising “Due Care”?
The Guide to PCI DSS 3.1

PCI DSS 3.1 further clarifies the changes made in PCI DSS 3.0 by addressing 30 clarifications to existing requirements, four guidance points that serve to improve understanding of the requirements.

The Guide to PCI DSS 3.0

The changes in PCI Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) 3.0 focus on some of the most frequently seen threats and risks that have led to cardholder data breaches.

The Guide to PCI DSS 3.2

The PCI Security Standards Council (PCI SSC) in PCI DSS v3.2 is requiring that all versions of SSL and TSL version 1.0 must be disabled. In order to be PCI DSS compliant you must be utilizing TLS 1.1 at a minimum, (although TLS 1.2 is highly recommended). This mandate was originally slated for implementation by 2016 but due to the burdensome impact to organizations, the PCI SSC extended the timeline to June 30, 2018. The PCI DSS applies to all organizations receiving credit card payments for goods and/or services (merchants) and any third party service providers for PCI DSS merchants. This guide helps users through the new requirements.

Vulnerability Assessment Services Frequently Asked Questions

There is a great deal of information and misinformation in the marketplace with regard to exactly what penetration testing is and what you should expect from a penetration testing company.

The Best Guide to the HIPAA Security Rule You'll Ever Read

If you have some responsibility in your organization for complying with the HIPAA Security Rule, then this guide is for you.

A Quick View of Cybersecurity
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8 Questions a Judge Asks you after a Data Breach Infographic
Your Employees are Targets: Social Engineering Infographic
Healthcare & Data Breaches Infographic
Data Breaches & Marketplace Reputation Infographic
SOCIAL ENGINEERING: The Human Element Infographic
Information security services to evaluate and refine your compliance and safeguards.
Incident Response & Forensic Services
Third-Party Risk Management & Vendor Assessment Services
Third-Party Risk Management & Vendor Assessment Services
Security Maintenance Program
Maintain Your High Standards. Expand the expertise, support, operations, and analysis to a dedicated Security Maintenance Team.
Security Awareness Training
Security awareness delivers a high return but oft en receives the least investment in a security management program.
Threat-Based Security Architecture Review & Analysis
Are you prepared against common attacks in your industry? Simplify the complex. Consolidate the process. HALOCK streamlines your security architecture review workflow with Threat-Based Security Architecture Review & Analysis.
The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) specifies technical and operational requirements for all organizations that store, process or transmit credit card data. If you handle credit card data, then PCI DSS applies to you.
Regulations, such as the HIPAA Security Rule, Gramm-Leach-Bliley Safeguards Rule, Massachusetts 201 CMR 17.00, 23 NYCRR Part 500 (NYDFS), and many other regulations require reasonable security safeguards to achieve compliance.
Web Application Penetration Test
Custom web applications are designed to provide access to services and information. Validating if that access is used as intended requires a very specific and specialized method of testing.
Remote Social Engineering Penetration Test
Remote social engineering penetration tests validate the effectiveness of user security awareness, incident response, and network security controls such as malware defenses, local permissions, and egress protections.
Onsite Social Engineering Penetration Test
Onsite social engineering penetration tests are performed to assess the effectiveness of physical security controls, employee response to suspicious behavior, perimeter defenses, and validate that network security controls prevent an attacker from gaining network access.
Internal Wireless Penetration Test
Wireless penetration tests assess the adequacy of multiple security controls designed to protect unauthorized access to wireless services.
Internal Network Penetration Test
Internal penetration tests are more thorough than automated vulnerability scans in that comprehensive testing efforts focusing on exploiting weaknesses with the intent of gaining access to assets positioned within the private network.
External Penetration Test
External Penetration Tests are more thorough than automated vulnerability scans in that comprehensive testing efforts focus on exploiting weaknesses with the intent of gaining access to the environment.
Penetration Testing Methodology
Industry pen test methodology
Penetration Testing Report & Deliverables
Report, Summary, Detailed findings, Walk-throughs, Supplementary information, Post-testing activities, Remediation,
Penetration Testing Project Plan
Penetration Testing Methodology & Project Plan
Penetration Testing Overview
Penetration Testing Overview Services
White Papers
In-depth reports on various cybersecurity topics written by recognized authorities.
CRAIN'S Cybersecurity Roundtable