38North: An ATO on AWS Partner

For over ten years, 38North has helped AWS users take secure advantage of the cloud to power modern business. Our success in helping AWS-centric clients continuously improve their cloud security and compliance has established 38North as one of the premier AWS Partner Network (APN) partners. Building on 38North’s APN foundation, I’m pleased to announce that 38North is now a trusted partner in the Authority-to-Operate (ATO) on AWS Program.

To achieve this distinction, 38North underwent a comprehensive review by AWS to ensure we met their exacting standards. We also had to prove our reputation as a premier provider of cloud security advisory, by providing case studies and customer testimonials that showcased our ability to use AWS services to help customers achieve their security and compliance goals.

Proven AWS Security Advisory and Engineering Experience

Our senior advisory team led many of the first AWS-centric FedRAMP and DoD CC SRG assessment and consulting engagements. We have since expanded to help our global compliance base comply with US and international security compliance requirements.

Our heritage can be traced back to supporting US federal government agencies meet FISMA compliance requirements. Before FedRAMP was established, our advisors were hard at work addressing the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and the 800 series of Special Publication (SPs)

Backed by this experience, 38North solves complex compliance challenges for global cloud service providers. While relevant experience is our main differentiator, we are also committed to supporting our hyperscale partners through a continuous learning curriculum for our advisors. In the case of AWS, our advisors are required to attain AWS Certified Solutions Architect and/or AWS Certified Security – Specialty certifications.

As a trusted AWS partner, 38North also has extended reach into AWS for assistance when needed, especially on those little quirks we often see with new services, hybrid deployments and integration with corporate and third-party systems. If you’re a customer of 38North you are already benefiting from this knowledge along with our customer-focused team of advisors in the ATO process.

What’s Next for 38North and AWS as Partners

We will continue to support important initiatives such as the ATO on AWS program as our capabilities grow, while staying current on the latest changes and trends shifting the cloud security compliance landscape.

And please do keep an eye out for us at upcoming AWS events such as AWS re:InventReach out to us and we’ll put you in direct contact with one of our Senior Advisors to discuss your cybersecurity requirements.  We are standing by to help you take secure advantage of AWS to improve security and compliance.

About 38North Security

38North is the world’s most experienced, technically expert cloud advisory team. Our team of Senior Advisors has decades of experience designing, deploying and continuously securing global infrastructure. As ATO on AWS partners, 38North advisors combine US-specific ATO experience including FedRAMP and DoD CC SRG with expertise in global frameworks – including Australia’s IRAP, Canada’s Protected B, UK Cyber Essentials, Germany’s C5, Spain’s ENS and others – to help modern organizations efficiently navigate global security and privacy challenges.


Jeremiah Thompson

Director of Cloud Security Architecture

Jeremiah Thompson is 38North’s Director of Cloud Security Architecture. He leads 38North’s technical teams as they tackle engineering challenges and design secure, compliant cloud security architectures.

For over 18 years Jeremiah has helped clients in the commercial, defense and federal civilian sectors engineer secure solutions to modern cyber challenges. Prior to 38North, he served as a Director at Coalfire, one of the nation’s preeminent Third-Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs). At Coalfire he led FedRAMP and DoD FedRAMP+ assessments supporting Fortune 500 organizations. He was also a Lead Information Security Compliance Auditor supporting the National Cancer Institute, and an Information Security Compliance Auditor at IBM.

Jeremiah currently holds CISSP, CISM, CAP, C|EH, Security+, Network+, CCSK and MCP certifications.

Andy Davidson

Senior Director of Cloud Security

Andy Davidson is Senior Director of Cloud Security at 38North. He leads 38North Senior Advisors as they prepare IaaS, PaaS and SaaS providers for the rigors of FedRAMP authorization. One of the nation’s most experienced FedRAMP practitioners, Andy has been supporting FedRAMP assessment and consulting efforts since the initial FedRAMP pilot project. He specializes in helping hyperscale Cloud Service Providers (CSPs) navigate FedRAMP requirements and successfully achieve Provisional Authorities to Operate (P-ATO).

Prior to 38North, Andy was Senior Director of FedRAMP and Assessment Services at Coalfire, one of the leading Third-Party Assessment Organizations (3PAOs). At Coalfire, he was responsible for growing the 3PAO practice and managing assessor teams in the execution of high profile assessments for Fortune 500 CSPs. He also helped start Veris Group’s 3PAO practice. Prior to Veris, Andy was an IT security consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, supporting security assessments and engineering efforts across the federal government.

Linda Morales

Senior Director of Global Compliance

Linda Morales is the Senior Director of Global Compliance at 38North Security. She leads assessments for customers in the healthcare, federal and commercial spaces. She specializes in helping organizations prepare for and complete FISMA, FedRAMP and HIPAA assessments. She is adept at leading teams to deliver efficient, accurate security reviews that withstand scrutiny from federal regulators. Linda is also a recognized expert in Healthcare security, helping Health-IT providers secure and defend Protected Health Information (PHI).

Prior to 38North, Linda served as a Director at Endeavor Systems, where she played a key role growing the federal security services practice. She also served as Security Manager for the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) enterprise-wide assessment program, with responsibility for 150+ systems across FAA.

Linda earned a BS in Computer Science and a Masters in Engineering Management, with a focus in Information Security, both from The George Washington University. She is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Project Management Professional (PMP), and a Registered Practitioner with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Advisory Board (CMMC-AB).

Spence Witten

Senior Advisor and Director of Business Development

Spence Witten is a 38North Senior Advisor and Director of Business Development. He serves as a trusted security advisor to 38North’s clients in the cloud services, healthcare, financial, defense and critical infrastructure communities.

Prior to 38North, Spence was Vice President of Global Sales at Lunarline. Spence led sales and marketing across ten cybersecurity business units, culminating in Lunarline’s acquisition by Motorola Solutions. Prior to becoming VP of Global Sales, Spence ran Lunarline’s US Federal Security Services practice, overseeing Lunarline’s defense, intelligence and federal civilian portfolio. He was also an early employee of Endeavor Systems. He played a key role in Endeavor’s rapid expansion in the federal, civilian, defense, and research and development markets, through to Endeavor’s successful acquisition.

An Adjunct Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Spence serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Cybersecurity and Privacy Protection at Cleveland State University. He is also a member of CyberOhio, the official cybersecurity advisory board for the Governor of Ohio.

Virginia Suazo

Senior Director of Cloud Security Advisory

Virginia Suazo is 38North’s Senior Director of Cloud Security Advisory. She is responsible for leading 38North’s cloud security and compliance efforts, with a speciality in helping global CSPs juggle multiple overlapping regulatory frameworks.

Before joining 38North, Virginia worked at a tech startup supporting the first and only Red Hat OpenStack Platform that is FedRAMP-authorized. She played a vital role in successfully obtaining FedRAMP Moderate and High authorizations for IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS systems, while supporting other certifications including DoD IL4/5, PCI DSS, HIPAA and HITECH. Her 15 years of cybersecurity experience also includes several tours supporting US federal agencies, including State Department, Department of Justice, Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration, General Services Administration and Department of Transportation.

Matt Earley


Matt Earley is 38North’s founder and President. He started 38North – the premier cloud security advisory company, in the US and internationally – to solve complex security challenges while developing trusted relationships with an elite client base.

For over 20 years Matt Earley has designed and implemented security solutions for the US and Australian federal governments, critical infrastructure, utilities, and for global finance and healthcare organizations. He focuses on lean security architecture design and prioritizing security efforts based on the critical needs of his clients.

Prior to founding 38North, Matt was the director of federal services at Endeavor Systems, where he was responsible for Endeavor’s largest business unit, serving the Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Homeland Security and some of the world’s largest security operations centers. He was also a Senior Manager in the Australian Department of Defense, where he represented Australasia on the Common Criteria Management Board.

Matt has a Bachelor of Engineering in computer engineering from the University of Canberra in Australia, and a Master’s in engineering management from George Washington University. He also is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Project Management Professional (PMP).