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Risk & Security Control Assessments

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Without a deep analysis of your current security controls, how do you know their effectiveness against today’s threats or if it’s meeting compliance standards? Our experienced team evaluates and optimizes your security program by assessing it in relation to regulatory requirements so you can protect information on customers, taxpayers, and national security interests.  


Risk & Security Control Assessments

Does your cybersecurity program meet the risk requirements of todays threats? Through our expert-level services, we enable our clients to effectively manage cybersecurity risk and make more informed, risk-based decisions. We navigate every stage of the process and instill confidence in your assessment and authorization activities.

Risk Management Framework (RMF) Services

BreakPoint Labs is a recognized expert in the Department of Defense (DoD) and Federal government implementations of the Risk Management Framework (RMF) – streamlining processes to achieve and maintain an authority to operate (ATO). Navigating the management, operational, and technical hurdles of the seven-step process can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be — BreakPoint Labs works closely with clients to distill the often convoluted process, document and implement technical controls, complete a third-party assessment, and achieve an ATO.

Security Control Assessor-Validator (SCA-V) Services

The critical step of assessing security controls, BreakPoint Labs offers SCA-V assessment services as an independent, third-party inspection of the security controls employed within – or inherited by – a system to determine their effectiveness. Through the meticulous assessment of vulnerability and potential threats, BreakPoint Labs provide contextually-appropriate, risk-informed assessments for Authorizing Officials (AO) and other Senior Leaders.

Security Engineering Services

To assist an organization in achieving an Authority to Operate (ATO), BreakPoint Labs security professionals will institutionalize security best practices, prepare documentation such as the System Security Plan (SSP), and document deviations from the standard. We offer expert Information System Security Managers (ISSMs) and Information System Security Officers (ISSOs) as full-time, embedded personnel who become an integral member of your team.

Compliance Services

Depending upon a specific organizational context and mission, a myriad of cybersecurity standards might apply to your organization. We perform assessments and deliver meaningful output for various standards, such National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) special publications, Committee National Security Systems Instruction (CNSSI) guidance, Federal Information Modernization Act (FISMA), and many other industry-recognized frameworks and standards.





Effectively managing risk through assessment and authorization

Our subject matter expertise in assessment and authorization (A&A) helps clients streamline the process in attaining an authority to operate (ATO) and enables a secure, resilient system. We’ll guide you through the well-defined process to (1) Prepare, (2) Categorize System, (3) Select Controls, (4) Implement Controls, (5) Assess Controls, (6) Authorize System, and (7) Monitor Controls throughout the system lifecycle.

Risk & Security Control Assessments

Expertise in cybersecurity assessment tools

BreakPoint Labs security professionals are domain experts with prominent cybersecurity RMF / A&A tools, such as Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS), Assured Compliance Assessment Solution (ACAS) [Tenable SecurityCenter, Nessus, and Nessus Agents], Evaluate Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIG), eMASSTer, and many other commercial tools. An in-depth knowledge of these tools, and their applicability based on technologies present within the system, is imperative for successful risk and security control assessments.

High quality security program documentation

Rather than producing documentation to ‘check the box’, BreakPoint Labs develops high-quality, meaningful security program documentation, such as a System Security Plan (SSP), Incident Response Plan (IRP), Configuration/Change Management (CM) Plan, Continuity of Operations (COOP) Plan, and Disaster Recovery (DR) Plan. When done correctly, these documents truly guide the organization in effectively operating and maintaining a secure system to meet the mission.

Continuous ATO (cATO) expertise

With recent efforts to emphasize the continuous monitoring step of the Risk Management Framework (RMF), BreakPoint Labs can provide clients with visibility of key cybersecurity activities through the adoption of a robust DevSecOps design. In order to prevent any combination of human errors, supply chain interdictions, or unintended code, the adoption of an approved software platform and development pipeline(s) are critical. BreakPoint Labs helps provide clients with real-time visibility of a system’s risk posture necessary to achieve a cATO.


Experienced in hundreds of assessments across unique industries and complex environments


Supported U.S. Army is assessing critical infrastructure worldwide

Under contract to a U.S. Army client, BreakPoint Labs performed large-scale RMF and A&A activities, including more than 120 assessments annually. During multiple concurrent engagements, we assessed various critical infrastructure sectors, including dams, natural gas resources, water and wastewater, healthcare, emergency services, and government facilities. As a result of thorough risk and security control assessments, each engagement resulted in risk-informed recommendations to U.S. Army and DoD Senior Leaders.

Delivered RMF technical services to the U.S. Navy

Under contract to a U.S. Navy client, BreakPoint Labs delivers cybersecurity policy and control evaluations, RMF package creation and maintenance support, and subject matter expertise in DoD cybersecurity. We provide expertise with the Department of Defense (DoD) risk-based approach, in order to facilitate standardization and transparency within reviews to ensure high quality, authorization-ready RMF packages for the Command.

Experienced in assessing highly complex IT and OT environments

We fundamentally understand the differences in information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT), and the associated effectiveness of security controls in each environment. From major applications and enterprise wide area networks to cloud infrastructure, our experience spans commercial, hospital, education, and government sectors.

Recognized for ‘exceptional’ RMF services via CPARS

Our engineers have proven themselves as quality providers in deploying the Risk Management Framework (RMF) and assessing the effectiveness of technical, operational, and management security controls for federal clients — receiving “Exceptional” performance scores within the Contractor Performance Assessment Reporting System (CPARS).


Assessing risks and evaluating control effectiveness helps ensure survivability from today's threats so you can achieve mission success. Schedule a free consultation to see how our experience employing the risk management framework (RMF) in complex environments empowers you to construct a robust security program.