Dedicated enclave solutions are popping up in the form of Platform as a Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). In both cases, someone else builds, manages, and monitors a cloud-based environment, in some cases, one that was designed to meet regulatory compliance requirements such as those in CMMC. In these instances, you get your very own dedicated enclave to store Federal Contract Information (FCI) and/or Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), all using some form of a subscription model.
Your enclave is effectively like having your own private network where all your protected data resides. Except instead of it being housed in your environment where you pay for the hardware and management, it is hosted in the cloud and managed by a team of experts. The specific services and features available will depend on the product and can range from simple encrypted file storage up to fully virtualized desktop operating environments. The burden of data encryption, data backup, access control, data flow control, anti-malware, security incident reporting, and 24/7 monitoring, advanced firewall controls, patching and vulnerability scanning are features that are now managed for you.
Another excellent benefit of these developed enclave solutions is that they are turn-key and allow the users to be up and running compliantly in days or weeks, rather than months or years. The smaller government contractors can consider a cloud-based enclave as a solid solution towards their compliance initiatives, and rightfully so.
Outside of compliance, you also benefit with cloud-based expertise in the protection of your data and your system. Having cybersecurity experts build and maintain your system gives you access to resources that you would otherwise not have or be able to afford.
Proactive cybersecurity is a huge undertaking in any circumstance. Consider an enclave solution to see how it can make your security requirements easier and more cost effective to meet. Reach out to us at DSC so we can help you decide on the best solution for your business.