Today Evident.io announced that we are joining in a strategic partnership with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the innovation and investment arm of the U.S. Intelligence Community. This is exciting news for us because it puts the Evident Security Platform (ESP) front and center as a powerful platform for global intelligence security and compliance. Our mission has always been to make the cloud safer by providing a continuous, accurate assessment of security factors, and now with our relationship with IQT, we will have a part in making our nation more secure as well.
Continuous security and compliance monitoring for the intelligence community
Intelligence agencies adhere to a different set of security and compliance standards than just about any other type of organization, and thank goodness for that. The type of data that these groups create, transact, and store contains information that could make our nation’s defenses vulnerable should they fall into the wrong hands. The federal government has created a compliance standards and processes by which the federal agencies, especially those involved with intelligence, must abide and continuously be compliant.
ESP works with customers to monitor their cloud environments and help ensure they are first and foremost, compliant with the necessary standards. The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), for example, is a standardized approach to ensuring alignment, compliance, and authorization of cybersecurity for U.S. federal agencies in order to access cloud computing products and services, and operate within a cloud environment. As long as FedRAMP requirements are met (and bear in mind that being out of compliance with any of the FedRAMP standards can negate the privilege of using the cloud), an agency can then engage with cloud service providers and other entities if an authorization to operate (ATO) is granted. Additionally, there are compliance guidelines like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) those provided by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that federal agencies have to operate within.
Working together Evident.io and IQT can help intelligence agencies facilitate a move the AWS while maintaining their FedRAMP compliance, and operating with the highest degree of visibility into the security of their cloud environment. They will benefit from continuous security and compliance monitoring offered through ESP which will give them the benefits of agility and the promise of an elastic cloud compute environment that AWS provides.
A better way to solve problems
Albert Einstein famously said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” That’s an apt description of what IQT is trying to do for the intelligence community and their portfolio companies. There is a notion that everything in the intelligence realm happens in a vacuum, and that that’s an ugly repercussion of secrecy. I’m not invited to the same parties that CIA executives are, so I don’t quite know how true that might be. But if IQT is an indicator, I think it very loudly expresses that innovation can happen in parallel with severe security. In fact, this type of innovation is probably the only way to improve national security.
Working closely with IQT will help us get better too. I suppose that partnering with them may be like living with a Navy SEAL; you’re going to get up earlier and do more push-ups, but you’re also going to be healthier, more fit, and probably better equipped to succeed in any endeavor. While I sincerely hope to avoid push-ups, I know that the insight that IQT will bring to the table by virtue of always seeking smarter and better paths to security will help us in how we innovate ESP and grow as a company.
IQT makes for an interesting partner. We will be working closely with them, and they will now become one of our investors. It’s good to have friends in high places, for sure, but we share a common drive, and it’s always nice to work with kindred spirits. Helping federal agencies, especially those involved with intelligence, have a safer and optimal experience will deliver huge benefits for the interaction of the public and private sectors, and it will help us in the fight against those who wish harm on society. That’s a goal we have no matter what, and along with IQT, we know we will continue to be successful.