The CRISC Certification for Controlling Information System Risk
CRISC Risk Mitigation ConsultingThe Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC) program was established by ISACA in 2010 to verify an IT professional's ability to design, deploy, and maintain information system controls to manage network risk. Progent can provide the services of a CRISC-certified consultant to help you identify, quantify, mitigate, and monitor risks throughout your information network, including both technology and business processes.

Progent can also help you create and implement a risk management strategy based on leading practices promoted by CRISC and geared to align with your company's risk tolerance, business objectives, and IT budget. Areas covered by Progent's risk management services include business continuity planning and disaster recovery preparedness. Progent's risk management services are complementary to the services available from Progent's CISA-certified cybersecurity audit consultants and Progent's CISM-certified cybersecurity management experts.

Progent's Support for CRISC Focus Areas
The CRISC (pronounced "see-risk") certification program verifies a candidate's hands-on work experience and exhaustively tests skills in specific areas of risk management:

  • Risk identification
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk response and mitigation
  • Risk and control monitoring and reporting
Progent offers a comprehensive selection of consulting services for each of the risk management domains defined by CRISC.

Risk Identification
This area of risk management covers gathering the information needed to create a risk management strategy that is relevant to your business. Consulting services offered by Progent in this area include:

  • Collect information and review documentation to make sure you identify and evaluate significant risk scenarios.
  • Identify legal, regulatory, and contractual requirements and organizational policies and standards related to your information system to determine their potential impact on your business goals.
  • Identify potential threats and vulnerabilities for your business processes, associated data, and supporting capabilities to assist in evaluating your enterprise risk.
  • Create and maintain a risk register to make sure all identified risk factors are considered.
  • Compile risk scenarios to estimate the likelihood and impact of significant events that could disrupt your business.
  • Develop a risk awareness program and conduct training to make sure your stakeholders understand information system risk so they can contribute to your risk management process.
  • Match identified risk scenarios to your associated business processes to help determine risk ownership.
  • Validate risk appetite and risk tolerance with your senior leadership and key stakeholders to make sure they are in agreement.
Risk Assessment
This area of risk management involves the analysis and evaluation of IT risk in order to drive strategic risk management decisions that provide optimal support for business objectives. Consulting services offered by Progent in this area include:
  • Frame the analysis of identified risk scenarios in the context of your company's structure, policies, and control mechanisms in order to assess each scenario's likelihood and consequences.
  • Review existing risk controls and assess their ability to reduce information system risk.
  • Study the findings of risk and control analysis to identify possible disconnects between the actual and intended readiness of your risk management environment.
  • Make sure that risk ownership is properly assigned to clarify the chain of accountability.
  • Review risk assessment findings to appropriate stakeholders to inform risk management strategy.
  • Incorporate the risk assessment findings in the risk register.
Risk Response and Mitigation
This area of risk management involves developing and implementing risk responses to ensure that risk factors and events are handled effectively and in line with your business goals and IT budget. Consulting services offered by Progent in this area include:
  • Identify and evaluate risk response options and provide your management with information needed to make sensible decisions about responding to risk.
  • Review risk responses with your relevant stakeholders to validate efficiency, effectiveness, and economy.
  • Apply risk criteria to help you develop the risk profile for approval by your management.
  • Help you develop risk response action plans to address risk factors identified in your organizational risk profile.
  • Help you develop business cases supporting your investment plan to make sure risk responses are aligned with your business goals.
Risk and Control Monitoring and Reporting
This area of risk management addresses monitoring risk and communicating information to your relevant stakeholders to ensure the continued effectiveness of your company's risk management strategy. Support services available from Progent in this area include:
  • Collect and validate data that measure key risk indicators (KRIs) to monitor and communicate their status to associated stakeholders.
  • Monitor and communicate key risk indicators (KRIs) and management activities to assist your relevant stakeholders in their decision-making process.
  • Facilitate independent risk assessments and risk management process reviews to ensure they are performed efficiently and effectively.
  • Identify and report on risk, including compliance, to initiate corrective action and meet business and regulatory requirements.
  • Interview process owners and review process design documentation to gain an understanding of your business process objectives.
  • Design information systems controls in consultation with process owners to make sure they meet your business goals.
  • Help identify the people, infrastructure, information, and other resources needed to implement and manage IS controls at an optimal level.
  • Implement information systems controls to mitigate risk.
  • Help define metrics and key performance indicators (KPIs) so you can measure your information systems control performance in meeting business goals.
  • Provide documentation and training to make sure your IS controls are performed effectively.
  • Assess and recommend tools and techniques to automate your information system control verification processes.
  • Make sure all your controls are assigned to owners who take responsibility for them.
  • Establish control criteria to allow you to perform control life cycle management.
Zero-Downtime Technologies Offered by Progent's Experts
Progent's certified engineers can assist your business to build a cost-effective, non-stop information network that addresses major challenges covering a wide range of infrastructure technologies and operations such as:

Disaster Recovery Planning
Progent's business continuity consultants can help you design a disaster recovery strategy in order to resume IT functionality in the event of an IT network catastrophe. Progent can assist you to develop a comprehensive disaster recovery plan that includes scheduled disaster recovery evaluations and testing. Progent's Microsoft and Cisco-certified professionals can also show you how to create an affordable, fault-tolerant network architecture that takes into account reliability issues involving a wide range of infrastructure technologies and processes. To learn more, go to Business Continuity Expertise.

Microsoft Windows Server 2019 High Availability Failover Clustering
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 incorporated important enhancements in capacity, performance, manageability, cybersecurity, application compatibility, Linux support, container technology, and hybrid combinations of local and cloud-hosted resources. Top new features of Microsoft Windows Server 2019 are Windows Admin Center for unifying the management and monitoring of hybrid local/cloud deployments, System Insights for utilizing advance predictive intelligence to control on-premises environments, Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection Exploit Guard for host-intrusion prevention, container networking using Kubernetes, Cluster Sets for creating and administering large non-stop scale-out clusters, and Storage Migration Service for streamlining the upgrade process from outdated releases of Windows Server. For more information, see Microsoft Windows Server 2019 Fault-tolerant Failover Clustering Consulting.

Microsoft Server 2016 Disaster Recovery
Progent's Windows Server 2016 disaster recovery experts can help you to plan and deploy a disaster recovery solution built around Microsoft's most advanced Failover Clustering technologies including Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade for non-disruptive migration to Windows Server 2016, Storage Replica for zero-data-loss Recovery Point Objective (RPO), Storage Spaces Direct for enterprise-class storage clusters using commodity equipment, Virtual Machine Load Balancing for improving the performance and resilience of Failover Clusters while minimizing TCO and management overhead, and Cloud Witness for fast, affordable creation of a failover cluster quorum witness. For more information, go to Windows Server 2016 Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity Help.

VMware Site Recovery Manager (SRM) Disaster Recovery Solutions
VMware's Site Recovery Manager is an extension to VMware vCenter that allows you to define, automate and test a consistent workflow for recovering applications and services rapidly after a breakdown. SRM supports centrally controlled and automated recovery, application mobility, and non-disruptive site migration, failback and site re-protect. Site Recovery Manager also allows non-intrusive testing for disaster recovery, upgrades and patches and can produce audit reports to verify full service recovery, validate Service Level Agreements and demonstrate compliance. Progent can provide the skills of a VCDX certified VMware Site Recovery Manager consultant to assist your organization to design, deploy, test and manage a disaster recovery solution powered by VMware Site Recovery Manager.

NetApp MetroCluster Disaster Recovery Software
NetApp MetroCluster is a disaster recovery platform that combines failover storage clustering along with synchronous replication to provide rapid, zero data loss disaster recovery (DR) between datacenters that are as far as 300km apart from each other. Progent can provide the skills of a NetApp MetroCluster expert who can help you to plan, configure, administer, upgrade, test and troubleshoot a disaster recovery system built around NetApp MetroCluster. Progent can assist you to choose an architecture for your MetroCluster environment that meets your technical needs and IT budget. Progent can make sure you adhere to leading practices for configuring your MetroCluster solution by delivering help with procedures such as assigning disk pools, arranging aggregate layout, setting up NetApp FlexVol volumes, setting up NetApp Snapshot, installing switches, implementing a tiebreaker mechanism, setting up a configuration replication network between your storage clusters, and verifying your MetroCluster DR system to verify compliance with information assurance standards and government requirements.

Network Load Balancing
Progent provides fault tolerant load balancing consulting that addresses network load balancing, load balanced programs, network infrastructure routing, and content delivery technology including F5 Networks 3DNS. Non-stop load balancing solutions for which Progent can provide consulting expertise include Microsoft Windows Server 2003 and 2008 Network Load Balancing Manager, Citrix Metaframe and Access Gateway, Cisco CSS, Cisco Distributed Director and LocalDirector 400 series, and F5 Networks 3-DNS. To read more, go to Non-stop Load Balancing.

High-Availability Internet Data Centers
Progent's Data Center professionals can help you select high availability data centers that match the particular needs of your company. Fault tolerant colocation sites are especially appealing to small and mid-size companies because of their low cost and simplified logistics compared to pursuing a do-it-yourself strategy. Attempting to design an in-house data center with even a basic degree of fault tolerance is too costly for the majority of small businesses. Progent can show you how to reap all the advantages of non-stop Internet data centers by offering a complete range of engineering and support services. For details, visit High-Availability Data Centers Consulting.

Fault Tolerant Inter-office Connectivity
Progent's multi-site connectivity consultants can help businesses achieve non-stop multi-site connectivity by means of fully redundant networks featuring automatic failover. Progent's Cisco-certified CCIE network engineers can design and deploy ultra-reliable Inter-office connections based on non-stop EIGRP network routers or fault tolerant OSPF deployment of Cisco routers. Progent can demonstrate how redundant connectivity and transparent fail-over offers affordable 24x7 interoffice connectivity. To learn more, see High-Availability Interoffice Networking.

Non-stop Internet Connectivity
Progent's Cisco-certified network consultants can show you how to design an economical, high availability Internet configuration solution that can deliver 24x7 Internet access via a broad range of fault tolerant Internet network solutions including high availability BGP, transparent fail-over, and multiple ISPs. Progent can provide CCIE professionals to help you apply the most advanced technology for high availability Internet connectivity to create an economical, completely redundant Internet interface with automatic failover and other features to deliver non-stop Internet availability. For more information, go to Non-stop Internet Access Solutions.

Backup and Restore Solutions Consultants
Progent offers affordable online support from IT engineers skilled in a wide range of products and technologies that deliver solutions for protecting Microsoft Windows, Apple Mac, and Linux physical and virtual servers and workstations as well as laptops and handhelds. Progent can provide expertise for leading data protection products including Acronis, Symantec Backup Exec, BackupAssist, HP Data Protector, Double-Take, MozyPro, Retrospect for Macintosh, Apple Time Machine, vSphere Data Protection, and FLARs. Progent's consultants can assist you to deploy, upgrade, or maintain backup/restore systems for a variety of environments such as on-premises, remote, cloud-based, or hybrid. For details, visit Backup and Recovery Solutions Expertise.

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager Backup and Restore Consulting Experts
Progent's expert Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager engineers can help your company to develop an effective business continuity plan, implement an affordable fault-tolerante network infrastructure, configure a Microsoft SCDPM-powered recovery system, comprehensively test your system, train your IT staff or regular consultants how to manage Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager, or provide extensive IT outsourcing including remote housing of virtual or physical SCDPM machines in Progent's data center facility. To read more, see System Center Data Protection Manager Consulting.

Barracuda Backup Cloud and Offsite Backup and Disaster Recovery
Barracuda Backup is a low-cost, subscription-based backup and disaster recovery platform for small and medium-size organizations. A Barracuda Backup deployment can include a custom-designed physical appliance manufactured by Barracuda or a virtual appliance with comparable features but which uses your own storage infrastructure. Barracuda Backup protects vital company data produced on-premises, at one or more remote locations, or in the cloud. For disaster preparedness, you can replicate data to the Barracuda Cloud, to Amazon AWS, or to any site with a physical or virtual Barracuda appliance. Progent is a Barracuda partner and Progent's Barracuda Backup consulting experts can provide a broad array of consulting services to help your business to plan, integrate, manage and repair a backup and disaster recovery solution based on Barracuda technology. For additional information, visit Barracuda Backup and disaster recovery consulting.

ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup Software for Backup and Disaster Recovery
Hornetsecurity's Altaro VM Backup offers small and mid-size organizations a reliable and affordable platform for backing up and recovering Hyper-V and VMware-based VMs. Altaro VM Backup can be used for on-premises, offsite, multi-site, and cloud architectures and also enables cost-effective cloud backup to Azure storage. Altaro VM Backup includes high-end capabilities like Immutable Cloud Storage for enhanced protection from ransomware. Progent is a certified Hornetsecurity Altaro partner and offers a broad range of online or onsite services to help you to plan, deploy, optimize and debug a modern backup/restore solution powered by Altaro VM Backup software. With ProSight Data Protection Services Altaro VM Backup, Progent delivers a fully managed backup/recovery service powered by on Altaro VM Backup. To learn more, go to Altaro VM Backup consulting.

ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup Services for Microsoft 365
Microsoft 365 provides rudimentary archiving but does not have native support for key data protection capabilities like Exchange Online backups or greater than 30-day point-in-time data recovery for OneDrive or SharePoint. Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup delivers a feature-rich platform for programmable backup and rapid restoration of all your organization's M365 mail, Teams Chats, SharePoint documents, OneDrive data, and content on Windows desktops and laptops. Progent is a certified Hornetsecurity/Altaro partner and has designed ProSight Data Protection Services (DPS) 365 Total Backup to deliver comprehensive management services for Hornetsecurity's 365 Total Backup suite. ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup provides an affordable backup-as-a-service (BaaS) alternative that defends M365 components against data loss caused by user or software error, malicious deletion, and malware assaults like ransomware. For details, visit ProSight Data Protection Services 365 Total Backup solutions for Microsoft 365.

Fully Managed Cloud Backup: ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO
ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO provide small and mid-sized businesses an affordable and fully managed service for secure backup/disaster recovery (BDR). For a fixed monthly price, ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO automates your backup processes and enable rapid restoration of vital files, apps and VMs that have become unavailable or corrupted due to component failures, software bugs, natural disasters, human mistakes, or malicious attacks such as ransomware. ProSight DPS ECHO can help you protect, retrieve and restore files, folders, applications, system images, plus Hyper-V and VMware images. Important data can be protected on the cloud, to an on-promises storage device, or to both. Progent's cloud backup consultants can provide advanced expertise to configure ProSight Data Protection Services ECHO to to comply with regulatory requirements such as HIPAA, FIRPA, and PCI and, when needed, can help you to restore your business-critical data. Read more about ProSight DPS ECHO managed cloud backup and recovery.

ProSight Data Protection Services 360 Backup Services
Progent's data protection experts can assist your company to create, deploy and troubleshoot a backup plan based on MSP360 technology. MSP360 offers file/folder or image-based backup/recovery for virtual machines and physical computers, supports all popular public clouds, and permits businesses to create a backup ecosystem with a minimum Recovery Time Objective and a granular Recovery Point Objective (RPO). With ProSight DPS 360 Backup, Progent can provide comprehensive monitoring and management of your backup system to prevent data loss resulting from human mistakes, system errors, ill-intentioned users, and malware attacks like ransomware. For more information, see ProSight DPS 360 Backup services.

Consulting for Double-Take Software for Data Backup
Double-Take publishes a family of products designed to deliver small and midsize businesses a variety of affordable alternatives for backing up and recovering business-critical applications such as Exchange, SQL Server, Blackberry, and SharePoint. Progent's disaster recovery planning experts have in-depth experience incorporating Double-Take Software products into small company IT systems to achieve a high level of fault tolerance and business continuity capability at a budget-friendly cost. To read more, see Consulting for Double-Take Solutions for Data Backup.

Why Choose Progent for Disaster Recovery/Business Continuity Planning?
Because Progent is a Microsoft Partner and provides high-level application support for a broad range of business applications, Progent can help customers to arrive at comprehensive information technology solutions that substantially enhance the productivity of your information system. As a Registered Partner with Cisco, Progent offers the support of premier consultants and specialists with experience in architecting, deploying and supporting infrastructure environments built on Cisco technology. The breadth of Progent's IT know-how and Progent's sensitivity to the needs of small and midsize businesses make Progent the ideal partner for creating and running an affordable, fault-tolerant network.

Other Credentials Earned by Progent's Cybersecurity and Information Assurance Consultants
In addition to offering the expertise of information assurance professionals with CRISC certification, Progent can also provide your business with access to CISM-certified security management consultants, CISSP-certified cybersecurity experts, CISSP-ISSAP certified cybersecurity architecture consultants, CISA-certified cybersecurity audit professionals, and GIAC-certified information assurance specialists.

Contact Progent for help from a CRISC-certified Risk Management Consultant
To learn how to receive support from a CRISC-certified risk management expert, phone Progent at 800-993-9400 or visit Contact Progent.



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