News Article | May 22, 2017
SUFFOLK, Va., May 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading cybersecurity firm Sera-Brynn is urging Maryland defense companies to immediately begin implementing security controls required by the U.S. Department of Defense or risk being ineligible for 2018 defense contracts. Sera-Brynn reports...
News Article | May 23, 2017
Widespread non-compliance across the Central and Southern Arizona defense industry will have major impact on the state's economy, reports Sera-Brynn. Cybersecurity firm Sera-Brynn is urging Arizona defense companies to immediately begin implementing security controls required by the U.S. Department of Defense or risk being ineligible for 2018 defense contracts. Sera-Brynn reports that most companies are less than sixty percent compliant with the cybersecurity requirements imposed by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 252.204-7012 (DFARS), and time is running out. The deadline for compliance is December 31, 2017, and it typically takes 6-9 months to achieve full compliance. Widespread non-compliance by Arizona defense companies will have major impact on the state economy. According to the Office of Economic Adjustment, defense spending in Arizona ranks number eleven in the nation, and for the past ten years, Arizona defense companies have been awarded contracts exceeding $8 Billion, peaking at over $12 Billion in 2012. Defense companies in Maricopa and Pima Counties routinely reap well over eighty percent of that bounty. Even better times should be ahead – given that the proposed increase in defense spending is over $50 Billion. Failure to implement DFARS requirements means that many Arizona defense contractors will miss out on business because their information security programs are not up to standards. “With billions of dollars at stake, Arizona has a lot to gain or lose depending on whether or not their defense companies are DFARS-compliant,” stated Rob Hegedus, CEO of Sera-Brynn. “It will be interesting to see if companies get on board with making changes to their security infrastructure, or if widespread non-compliance will shift the defense industry landscape." Considering that 2.4% percent of the total federal defense budget is spent in Arizona and that it accounts for nearly four percent of Arizona’s GDP, if multiple companies fail to meet the deadline, the impact to Arizona’s economy – and Maricopa and Pima Counties in particular – could be billions of dollars lost. The risk is not merely financial. The consequences of failing to comply include breach of contract, liability under the False Claims Act, whistleblower actions, termination, liquidated damages, and suspension or debarment by the Government for failing to make mandatory disclosures or failing to perform in accordance with the Government contract. Achieving compliance is a daunting challenge for both large and small companies, but there are many ways for Arizona defense contractors to get help. Sera-Brynn’s website is laden with useful information including advice on implementing a systematic, phased approach to compliance. Sera-Brynn also offers complementary DFARS flow-down Webinars for prime defense contractors to present to their valued sub-contractors. Finally, Sera Brynn offers full compliance audits that include, along with a full risk assessment and vulnerability gap analysis, mandatory documents such as a System Security Plan, Cyber Incident Response Plan, and Plan of Action and Milestones – all required by DFARS 7012. The Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement 252.201-7012 – finalized in October 2016, requires all defense contractors that receive, transmit, process, or store Covered Defense Information (CDI) to implement over 100 security controls and be able to detect and report incidents when CDI is compromised. CDI includes unclassified controlled technical information, information that can impact operational security (OPSEC), and other information described in the Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) Registry. The deadline for DFARS compliance is December 31, 2017. Sera-Brynn is a leading global cybersecurity audit and advisory firm. The Virginia-based company offers threat management, compliance and risk assessment, risk control, and incident response services that enable clients to secure their computing environments and meet applicable and mandatory cybersecurity regulatory standards. This technical expertise is the backbone of their DFARS compliance services. Founded in 2011 by former members of the U.S. intelligence community, Sera-Brynn is ranked #10 worldwide on the Cybersecurity 500 list. For more information on DFARS, visit https://sera-brynn.com/dfars For more information on Sera-Brynn, visit: www.sera-brynn.com
News Article | June 16, 2017
SUFFOLK, Va., June 16, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Heather Engel, Chief Strategy Officer and Partner of Sera-Brynn, has been appointed to the Virginia Economic Development Partnership Board of Directors. Cybersecurity is one of the governor's top priorities and a key component...
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Journal of Electroanalytical Chemistry | Year: 2014
Spent fuel reprocessing and notably plutonium recycling contributes in enhancing the sustainability of nuclear energy by preserving uranium natural resources and decreasing the long term radiotoxicity of the final waste. After initial dissolution of the spent nuclear fuel in nitric acid, uranium and plutonium recovery from ultimate waste (fission products and minor actinides) is operated by a liquid-liquid extraction process (PUREX process) and plutonium partitioning from uranium is run on the basis of the selective reduction of Pu and its back extraction. Therefore, the redox properties of Pu in nitric acid are of prime importance and the stabilization of Pu at its lower redox state + III is to be mastered. This study then deals with the characterization of Pu(IV)/Pu(III) redox couple in aqueous nitric acid solution. It was aimed at measuring physico-chemical features of the redox couple such as half-wave and conditional standard potentials, diffusion coefficients and charge transfer rate constant in nitric acid medium. These features have been used in modeling experimental results of preparative Pu(IV) reduction tests in nitrate medium in a laboratory parallel plate electrode cell. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
News Article | February 15, 2017
Sera-Brynn, LLC, a top-ranked cybersecurity firm, stated today there is a rapid increase in requests for cybersecurity services from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) contractor community. Increased demand for cybersecurity services drove Sera-Brynn’s 91 percent compound annual growth rate in 2016. Sera-Brynn attributes the spike in demand to two things – the widely-recognized increase in the volume of cyber-attacks against Defense-related organizations and businesses, and the mandatory security requirements imposed on contractors by the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS). “We see firsthand many alarming instances of DoD contractors experiencing debilitating network breaches,” stated Patrick McLaughlin, Director of Business Development for Sera-Brynn. “And this has led to loss of government and personally identifiable information, in addition to having to pay ransoms to regain business continuity,” he added. The DFARS cybersecurity clause 252.204-7012, which imposes security and reporting requirements on DoD contractors and subcontractors, must be fully implemented by December 31, 2017. Failure to do so may result in administrative, contractual, civil, and criminal remedies. The DFARS clause also mandates that cyber-attacks involving covered defense information (known as “CDI”), information that often resides on contractor networks, must be reported to the DoD within 72 hour of discovery. “DFARS regulatory compliance is coming like a freight train,” stated Rob Hegedus, co-founder and CEO of Sera-Brynn. “DFARS compliance is unavoidable.” About Sera-Brynn: Sera-Brynn is a leading cybersecurity audit and advisory firm. The Virginia-based company offers threat management, compliance and risk assessment, risk control, and incident response services that enable clients to secure their computing environments and meet applicable and mandatory cybersecurity regulatory standards. This technical expertise is the backbone of their DFARS compliance services. Founded in 2011 by former members of the U.S. intelligence community, Sera-Brynn is ranked #10 worldwide on the Cybersecurity 500 list. http://www.sera-brynn.com.