ISO 27001

The ISO 27000 series of standards are a catalog of international standards focused on information security and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). The most prominent from the series is ISO 27001, a management standard that specifies how to build, operate, maintain and improve an information security management system (ISMS), and ISO 27002, which contains best practices and controls used as a companion to ISO 27001.

ISO 27001 has long been considered the global de facto information security standard and for good reason. It provides detailed requirements for establishing, implementing, maintaining and continuously improving an information security management system (ISMS) and offers a means by which certification against the standard can be achieved. Organizations certified to ISO 27001 have demonstrated that their ISMS is currently inline with global best practices.

What is an ISMS?

An ISMS is the means by which senior management control and monitor their security, minimize residual business risk, and ensure that security continues to fulfill corporate, customer and legal requirements.

What are the phases of the PDCA Cycle?
  • Identify business objectives
  • Obtain management support
  • Select implementation scope
  • Define method of risk assessment
  • Prepare inventory of information assets to protect
  • Manage risks
  • Enact policies and procedures
  • Allocate resources and train staff
  • Conduct regular assessment audits
  • Monitor implementation of ISMS
  • Prepare for certification audit

Earlier versions of the standard heavily promoted the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) model for continuous improvement. While this has proven to be a successful model for organizations new to ISO 27001 process, recent updates to the standard now permit other models, such as Six Sigma. Other changes include harmonization with other management system standards including ISO 9001 (quality), ISO 22301 (business continuity) and ISO 31000 (risk management). These changes are great news for mature organizations that have implemented these management systems as it minimizes the overall number of requirements while streamlining process across the enterprise.

38North consultants have extensive experience with a range of management system standards including ISO 27001, ISO 27002, ISO 9001, ISO 22301 and ISO 31000. For organizations that have implemented any one of these standards, we can leverage this experience to ensure all your management systems remain cohesive and interoperable with the ISMS prescribed by ISO 27001. This leads to greater process efficiencies, streamlined integration with your existing business practices and faster implementation.

In short, you win.

Our ISO 27001 services include:

ISO 27001 Gap Analysis:

This is perfect for organizations that are unfamiliar with the ISO 27001 standard. Our ISO 27001 gap analysis explains the process while analyzing your information security program to see how it holds up against the requirements of ISO 27001 and the best practices and controls in ISO 27002. We also determine the cost to attain ISO 27001 compliance, identify any risks or challenges, and determine the critical action items you need to complete to prepare for certification.

ISO 27001 Certification Support.

Are you preparing for your first ISO 27001 certification, but need a little help? 38North’s ISO 27001 specialists can deal with the ISMS assessor for you. We are well versed with all the quirks of the certification process and will expeditiously resolve findings so you can get your certification in the minimum amount of time possible.

ISO 27001 Remediation Support:

This service is for companies that have undergone a recent ISO 27001 certification and need assistance with the planning, development and implementation of remedial measures. This can include implementing new technologies, policies, plans and procedures, or training programs.

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).