Global Cloud Compliance

US-Based. Global Reach.

38North is headquartered in the US. But we specialize in navigating the constantly changing international cloud compliance landscape. With in-country partnerships and relationships across the international compliance ecosystem, we design secure, compliant clouds built for the modern, global world.

Preparing US Companies for the Global Stage

Outside the United States, organizations embrace the cloud, outrunning the US Government’s pace of cloud adoption. American cloud companies, especially those that already comply with complex security regulations, should look beyond the US border to stay competitive in a world increasingly shaped by international opportunity. 

38North’s network of in-country partnerships, and relationships with international cloud standard organizations, will help you make the global leap. Anticipating the explosion of international interest in cloud solutions, we’ve spent over a decade learning the international standards and building a global network of cloud security and compliance partners. We align existing cloud security architecture and processes to international requirements. Then, backed by our  in-country partnerships, we work with local partners and international cloud regulators to address roadblocks and smooth your transition into international markets.

US Government: Open for Global Business

The US Government is increasingly receptive to buying IT services, even cloud services, from companies with global infrastructure. We help international organizations achieve and maintain compliance with the US FedRAMP standard. We resolve geographic hosting issues. We implement personnel security approaches to make the US Government more comfortable with non-US staff. And we segment and control data to meet FedRAMP standards.

We also help global organizations understand and navigate the US Government procurement process. From training on regulatory requirements and terminology, to hands-on support to the bid and proposal process, we bring clarity to the US procurement bureaucracy. 

For organizations that already comply with an international standard, we map existing architectures and approaches to FedRAMP controls. Where gaps exist, we implement FedRAMP overlay approaches that efficiently meet US Government requirements, while minimizing impact on existing business processes.

International cloud compliance standards  that we have experience with include but are not limited to: 

  • Japan ISMAP
  • German BSI C5
  • French SecNumCloud
  • Australian IRAP
  • International ISO 27017
  • Singapore OSPAR
  • Canadian Protected B
  • UK Cyber Essentials
  • Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
Engineering Solutions to Global Cloud Challenges

Our approach is tailored to meet client-specific objectives, based on that client’s international cloud security and compliance objectives. Our international cloud security and compliance services include the following:

Compliance Gap Analysis:

A gap analysis helps CSPs that are new to international cloud security and compliance understand their readiness for the global stage. Our gap analysis will educate you on international processes while evaluating your cloud solutions to see how they fare against select international baselines. It results in a prioritized roadmap of actions to keep you focused on the most critical risks and challenges that might complicate your international path.

Advisory Support:

If you’ve committed to an international compliance standard but need help developing the required documentation, our advisory support can help. 38North’s experienced consultants, working with international partners as appropriate, can develop the documentation and approaches necessary to comply with targetted international standards. This can include mapping existing compliance documentation and processes to desired international frameworks. Alternatively we can start from scratch, designing a cloud security and compliance approach that helps you move effortlessly between those nations most critical to your business.   

Cloud Security Assessment Support:

Backed by our network of in-country partnerships, we can handle the hassle of dealing with your international cloud compliance assessment team. We are well-versed with various international processes. This helps us expeditiously resolve findings and streamline the authorization process. We also have relationships across the international assessment community to help resolve misunderstandings and facilitate smooth assessments.

Remediation Support:

This service is for those CSPs that recently completed an international cloud security assessment and need some assistance with the interpretation, planning, development and implementation of remedial measures. We help you implement new technologies, policies, plans and procedures that satisfy specific international requirements without impacting other requirements you may face. We also tailor current organizational processes to squeeze a little more out of existing investments.

Continuous Monitoring:

Many international cloud compliance frameworks mandate continuous monitoring of global security posture. 38North’s Continuous Monitoring packages take care of any daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly and annual continuous monitoring tasks so you can stay focused on your organization’s success. 

Next Steps

Contact us to get started. The first step is a one hour introductory and readiness session, to understand your international goals and current compliance approach, while also making sure that we’re a mutual fit. We also offer unbilled follow up calls if you have any additional questions or need consulting advice as you prepare to enter international cloud service markets. 

Following our initial meetings, formal proposals and pricing are submitted within approximately one week. We can kick-off with a dedicated senior-level team within two to three weeks of contract signature.

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 Assessments

Linda Morales is the Senior Director of Assessments 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

Founder

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).