Macey Smith, Principal
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to rethink how they operate with a virtual, distributed workforce. Digital transformation has emerged as the battle cry for most businesses and government agencies as they chase enhanced operability, automation, scalability, transparency, and reliability in managing daily operations. To keep up with the pace of innovation, organizations must accelerate their adoption of new technologies, thereby requiring security to fluidly harmonize with the transforming business functions in which it is meant to safeguard.
Increased access to data and systems remotely through mobile devices is leading to more security incidents, the average of each incident costing organizations roughly $15 million. The need for a proactive approach to cybersecurity is more prevalent each day. To stay one step ahead of cyber threats, corporate and government enterprise are introducing stringent compliance mandates. Such ever-growing requirements have become a bigger problem for many organizations putting their digital transformation projects in jeopardy because of a lack of knowledge and domain expertise.
United Solutions is a progressive digital transformation company that is deeply committed to the pursuit of continuous innovation. They partner with organizations around the globe to transform industries and change lives by leveraging cutting edge and emerging technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence, and cloud computing. As the only company who built the first two federally authorized blockchain and artificial intelligence infrastructure, they have led organizations through the cybersecurity authorization process, facing these challenges first-hand. As innovators constantly challenging the status quo, they leveraged their experiences and deep knowledge of emerging technologies to solve this problem.
“We were frustrated with the cybersecurity authorization process and how it stifled innovation so we invented Archangel, a federally authorized Blockchain and AI infrastructure to reimagine and demystify cybersecurity,” says David T. Nguyen, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of United Solutions. With fast, trustworthy security intelligence, clients are empowered to accelerate their digital transformation projects with the utmost security and compliance, while saving cost and resources through automation. Archangel demystifies cybersecurity by using deep learning to continuously identify security risks for every security control for FISMA / FEDRAMP high, moderate, and low systems. Additionally, Archangel empowers clients with the capability to extend the security framework with their own security controls.
Government agencies must undergo a rigorous security accreditation before launching a new system for public use.
David T. Nguyen, CEO
An Authority to Operate (ATO) is granted only upon complying with the NIST SP 800-53 security framework and assessment. However, the reality is, very few people understand the breadth and depth of the NIST security framework, which makes it daunting for organizations to meet their goals, on budget and on time. Archangel unravels the complexities of cybersecurity by simplifying and humanizing security through a configurable, concise, AI-powered security platform that intelligently automates the ATO, GRC, and CDM processes. “Our platform guides clients through the process of achieving a government accreditation swiftly, reducing the time from 6-12 months to less than 4 weeks,” says Nguyen.
We were frustrated with the cybersecurity authorization process and how it stifled innovation so we invented Archangel, a federally authorized Blockchain and AI infrastructure to reimagine and demystify cybersecurity
Archangel has attracted the attention of large commercial enterprises and major federal agencies. As they adopt innovative IT solutions, the accelerated nature of taking an idea to a minimum viable product (MVP) desperately requires security to harmonize with the transforming business functions in which it is meant to safeguard. Until now, innovation has been halted by the ATO process.
IT security conglomerates have been fiercely seeking a solution to solve current paper-based, labor-intensive cybersecurity processes. The need for automation is unequivocal, as many organizations have been searching for a solution for years. Included in those are some of the largest and most powerful organizations, including the General Services Administration (GSA), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Department of Defense (DOD).
Apart from next-generation technology solutions, United Solutions’ success lies in its holacracy model and navy seal approach to training its internal employees. “We believe in enabling our workforce with the necessary skills and the freedom to make critical decisions independently and deliver greater value quickly to the clients,” concludes Macey.