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BAI Security – Leveraging cutting-edge, yet cost-effective security solutions for industries with the most at risk


Cyber-attacks targeting businesses, especially manufacturing and the supply chain, have become increasingly complex, increasing the stakes. The average cost is $2.4 million per attack. Despite this realization, many manufacturers have never conducted a thorough security assessment and taken the necessary steps to ensure adequate network security, according to recent reports showing increases in cyber-attack frequency and cost. Today, many organizations display “passive acceptance” towards reported increases in intricate cyber-attacks rather than take “positive action” to prevent them. One of the most effective ways any manufacturer can stay on top of the cyber risk across their organization is to make regular use of what is known as a cybersecurity assessment. This can diminish the danger that lies in what you don’t know can and likely will hurt you and your organization.

BAI Security is a nationally recognized cybersecurity and compliance assessment firm specializing in innovative, yet cost-effective offerings for high-stakes industries, including healthcare & pharma, bank & finance, energy & utilities, manufacturing, higher education, government, legal, and more. Deploying best-of-breed tools, BAI Security has built an industry-leading reputation based upon unparalleled cyber-expertise and exceptional service. With the highest caliber audit available, BAI ensures organizations receive the most comprehensive & accurate assessment of their security posture, while providing actionable solutions - all within budget.

Raising the Bar for the IT Security Profession

IT Security Assessment: Cybercriminals are plotting attacks on any front they can reach. That’s why their IT Security Assessment intentionally goes well beyond just a technical focus or regulatory focus to provide you a comprehensive picture of your security status, along with custom recommendations to quickly reduce risk. BAI Security takes a 360-degree view of your organization’s processes and technology to give you a complete - and therefore accurate - picture of your risk status. Their expert team evaluates the maturity of current information security capabilities, identifies vulnerable areas, and provides customized, prioritized recommendations for remediation. They adhere to proven methodologies and industry Best Practices defined by ISACA, as well as the compliance standards of GLBA, SOX, HIPAA, PCI, NERC, and others. They exclusively use best-in-class tools as rated by Gartner and Forester Research (no open source or freeware), for highly accurate results you can trust.

IT Risk Assessment: The IT Risk Assessment is an innovative and in-depth evaluation identifying risks associated with your organization's current security posture. This assessment allows you to remediate issues quickly and protect the critical systems and valuable data you rely upon to operate. It's also a smart way to AVOID costly fines by helping you prepare for your examiner's next visit. The purpose of the IT Risk Assessment is to provide a holistic summary of risks that impact the information and data your organization relies upon to operate. Specifically, their review will determine information risks that affect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of systems and data. The expert team at BAI will perform a thorough and accurate assessment of your organization's assets and core processes utilizing methodology based on the requirements of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST SP 800-30) and the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA). Questionnaires, inquiry with management, and inspection of collected documentation will be the primary method of testing used to determine compliance with administrative, physical, and technical safeguards.

IT General Controls Audit: Cybercriminals are hoping you stop at compliance. They’re counting on your organization conducting a bare minimum GLBA or NCUA audit. This gives malicious actors a fairly easy “in” to breach your environment, steal customers’ non-public personal information (NPI), and sully your hard-earned community reputation. This is why BAI’s IT General Controls Audit goes far They go the extra mile to examine your protocols in light of present-day best practices in IT security and emerging hacking methods that could compromise your environment. This is what they call BAI’s Compliance-PLUS Protection.

The Formidable Leader

Michael Bruck is the President and Chief Executive Officer of BAI Security. He is also the Forbes Technology Council Member. IT Security expert Michael Bruck was driven to solve a serious problem: Organizations with particularly valuable data – the ones most coveted by cybercriminals – often lack access to high quality security audits. He saw first-hand how vulnerable this left them and how devastating a breach was for owners, customers, patients, operations, and reputation.

So with decades of security consulting insights, Michael founded BAI Security to provide truly expert, yet affordable security assessments for industries with the MOST at stake. Regardless of size or budget, Michael set a course to make robust assessments accessible to organizations across healthcare, pharmaceutical, bank and finance, education, energy, legal, utilities, government, transportation, and other at-risk industries most targeted by hackers.

"For 15 years since, BAI Security has innovated its way to the forefront of IT security, continually pioneering cutting-edge methodology that stands as a model for the entire profession."