MINNEAPOLIS, MN and DALLAS, TX — Beryllium InfoSec, Inc., an industry-leading provider of secure virtual enclaves and compliance advisory services to the Defense Industrial Base (“DIB”), announced recently that they have received a significant investment from Bema Capital Investments, a Dallas-based private equity firm.
The investment accelerates Beryllium’s growth strategy focused on their popular Cuick Trac solution and furthers their mission to help secure the Defense Industrial Base and federal contractors against adversaries. The company will continue to be led by Co-Founders Derek White (Chief Product Officer) and Eric Power (Chief Growth Officer), with Lincoln Neely of Bema Capital joining the business as Chief Executive Officer.
“Small-mid government contractors need to be cyber-compliant with confidence and without breaking the bank. After over a year of research, it’s clear that Beryllium’s Cuick Trac enclave for CMMC is the leading and most complete answer to that problem.” – Lincoln Neely
Since 2018, Beryllium’s team of NIST security experts has continued to engineer Cuick Trac, a privately hosted, managed, and secure virtual enclave that saves the average DoD contractor substantial amounts on their NIST 800-171 implementation and documentation costs.
Cybersecurity is now a foundational piece of doing business with the DOD. With rising pressure from the DoD and prime contractors relating to the rollout of Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC), the cost of doing business with the DoD continues to increase. Tens of thousands of defense contractors are either currently, or will soon be, required to prove they meet the security requirements for handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).
“We created Cuick Trac out of necessity for small to mid-size organizations within the DIB because NIST 800-171 is more than just ‘secure email’, it’s much more than that. The supply chain needs to become secure AND compliant, but the solutions available to the market, need to be affordable and practical.” – Derek White
Beryllium InfoSec Inc. now has offices in Minneapolis, MN, and Dallas, TX. Beryllium will be scaling up and hiring CMMC professionals both locally, and virtually across the United States immediately, to handle business growth and expand the company’s capabilities.
DoD has admitted the previous method of “self-assessment” was not effective in trying to achieve a secured Defense Supply Chain. Now, contractors must not only have the 110 NIST 800-171 requirements fully implemented and managed, but they must also meet 320 assessment objectives to pass their CMMC 3rd party assessment (once available).
“Our defense system needs the innovation from the true small businesses making up the DIB. Naturally, their focus is on their business, their people, their product, but not typically on cybersecurity. Cuick Trac allows small businesses to feel empowered that they’re not only secure and compliant, but also giving them the confidence of being a low-risk, valued piece of the DoD supply chain.” -Eric Power
Organizations seeking certification (OSCs) can inherit the technical debt of NIST 800-171 from Beryllium and Cuick Trac, as the OSC has no administrative function of the enclave. Some of the key features OSCs have access to, which are included via the Cuick Trac enclave are:
- Secure Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) for all day-to-day operations
- FIPS 140-2 Validated Encrypted Email for sending and receiving sensitive information (CUI, CDI, CTI, PII, FCI, ITAR, etc)
- System Information Event Management (SIEM)
- Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
- Encrypted Storage and Backup
- FedRAMP Moderate Equivalency
- Policy and Procedure Documentation
- Governance, Risk and Compliance Advisory
- Incident Response Plan Development and Testing
About Beryllium & Cuick Trac
Beryllium spends most of its time with the small to medium size businesses within the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), which makes up the backbone of the Department of Defense (DoD) supply chain. Cuick Trac is a pre-configured to NIST 800-171 technical requirements, a virtual enclave for protecting the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of sensitive data, such as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and Covered Defense Information (CDI) in an affordable, practical and secure solution.
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