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Secure Enclave Services for CUI Handling

A secure enclave is a protected zone within the computing environment, designed to keep sensitive data away from unauthorized access. It's built with tight control over who can access it, protecting against external hackers and threats from within the system itself. In specialized environments, like those supporting the Defense Industrial Base (DIB), secure enclaves play a critical role in ensuring that data linked to government, defense, and regulated industries not only stays safe but also complies with the strictest standards, such as DFARS, NIST, and CMMC.

This level of cybersecurity compliance is essential for maintaining the trust and reliability of digital operations, especially in sectors where information security meets national security.

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Features of a Secure Enclave Solution

A secure enclave has features designed to safeguard sensitive data. These environments utilize encryption to secure data at all times, whether it's stored, in transit, or being used by your team. They also enforce strict access controls and implement multiple layers of authentication to ensure that only authorized individuals can access the secure enclave. This is crucial for maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of the data. 

Secure Enclaves should also be equipped with tools for auditand compliance, allowing organizations to keep a detailed log of all access and activities. This is essential for meeting compliance requirements and for theongoing monitoring of the enclave's security posture. The presence of advanced threat detection mechanisms provides an additional layer of security, actively monitoring for suspicious activities and enabling quick responses to potential security breaches. 

Another important feature is the segregation of the enclave from the rest of the organization. This minimizes the risk of data being compromised through other vulnerabilities in unrelated systems, and reduces the scope of what you need to secure.

Who Should Consider a Secure Enclave?

Organizations involved with cybersecurity compliance requirements or sensitive government contracts, especially those working directly or indirectly with the Department of Defense (DoD), should seriously consider the implementation of secure enclaves. This is particularly relevant for contractors and subcontractors in the defense industry who handle Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI).

But it's not just defense-related entities that can benefit from secure enclaves; any organization that deals with sensitive information and faces stringent compliance requirements could find value in the added layer of security that an enclave provides. As regulatory frameworks continue to evolve and encompass broader sectors, the applicability of secure enclaves is set to increase, making them a key component in the cybersecurity strategies of diverse organizations. Consider a secure enclave if you have requirements for compliance and data privacy related to any of these frameworks:



ISO/IEC 27001

SOC 1 (SSAE 16/SSAE 18)

Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS)

SOC 2 (AT-101)

California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)

Criminal Justice Information Services (CJIS)

Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS)

EU-US Privacy Shield

Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA)

Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP)

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (PIPEDA)

NIST CyberSecurity Framework (CSF)

NIST SP 800-53

CMMC 2.0

Swiss-US Privacy Shield

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Benefits of Using Enclaves for CUI Protection

By isolating sensitive data in a secure enclave, organizations can provide an extra layer of security that complements their existing cybersecurity measures. This isolation is particularly effective in preventing unauthorized access to CUI, as it segregates sensitive information from the broader network. 

Secure enclaves enable organizations to focus their security efforts more efficiently. By concentrating security resources on a clearly defined area organizations can ensure that their most critical data receives the highest level of protection. This targeted approach also facilitates compliance with specific regulatory requirements, as secure enclaves can be configured to meet the precise needs of various standards, such as DFARS 7012,NIST 800-171, or CMMC. 

In addition to these benefits, secure enclaves offer the flexibility to be tailored to the unique needs of an organization. Whether it's adapting to specific operational requirements or scaling to accommodate growth, secure enclaves provide a versatile solution for managing and protecting CUI.

Importance of Securing CUI

Effective management and protection of CUI also mitigate the risks associated with data breaches, such as financial losses, harm to reputation, and legal repercussions. Securing CUI also plays a critical role in strengthening the security of our national supply chains.

By enforcing strict security measures, organizations can ensure that their partners and subcontractors maintain the same high standards of data protection. This collective effort significantly enhances the overall security posture against cyber threats. 

Staying ahead of potential future regulations by adopting secure practices now positions organizations to adapt more easily to new requirements. Demonstrating a commitment to cybersecurity through the diligent management of CUI and the implementation of secure enclaves fosters enhanced trust with clients, partners, and regulatory bodies, further solidifying the organization's standing in the industry.

Why are "CUI File Sharing" Solutions Not Enough?

While "CUI File Sharing" solutions offer a convenient way to share sensitive information, they fall short of providing the comprehensive security that's needed to fully protect data. These solutions typically focus on the sharing aspect, without addressing the broader and more complex security challenges that come with storing and processing CUI. A holistic security strategy that includes secure enclaves offers a more robust defense against the myriad of threats targeting sensitive data today.

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How Do I Know if I'm Working with CUI?

Identifying Controlled Unclassified Information involves understanding the categories of information that the government requires to be protected. If the data you handle is related to defense, financial, law enforcement, infrastructure, immigration, or other sensitive areas, and it's been designated for protection, you're likely dealing with CUI.

Recognizing the need for a secure enclave depends on several factors - your obligations under security regulations, the outcomes of risk assessments, and the specific security needs of your data handling processes. If your activities involve government data or information that requires safeguarding, employing a secure enclave could be a key step in enhancing your security measures and achieving compliance.

How Do I Know if I Need a Secure Enclave?

Deciding whether you need a secure enclave involves evaluating the nature of the data you handle, your contractual obligations, the complexity of your IT environment, and your capacity to manage a compliant security setup. If your operations involve handling CUI and you're looking to meet or exceed compliance requirements efficiently, a secure enclave may provide the solution you need to secure your data effectively.

Do we need Azure Commercial, GCC, or GCC High?

Choosing the right cloud environment for handlingCUI—whether it's Commercial, GCC, or GCC High—depends on your organization's specific needs, including the sensitivity of the data, compliance obligations, and operational requirements. GCC High is often the preferred choice for organizations that need to meet stricter security controls, such as those required for handling sensitive data under CMMC 2.0 Levels 2 and 3, or managing ITAR/NOFORN data securely. It ensures that support and backend processes are handled by US persons, a critical consideration for organizations concerned about data access and control. 

GCC, while more cost-effective, still offers a compliant solution for certain types of CUI and is suitable for organizations with less stringent requirements. It provides a balance of security, functionality, and cost, making it an attractive option for many businesses. When making your decision, consider your current and future needs carefully, as well as the potential impact on compliance and operational efficiency, to choose the cloud environment that best fits your organization's requirements.

Introducing the essendis secure enclave

The Essendis Secure Enclave leverages the best of Azure and M365 to deliver a secure, compliant, and fully managed enclave solution, providing organizations with the confidence to handle sensitive data securely and efficiently, while navigating the complexities of the modern cybersecurity landscape.

Our  fully managed solution is designed to provide a secure environment for processing sensitive data, leveraging the robust capabilities of Azure and Microsoft 365. This solution is  engineered to meet the stringent requirements of organizations handling Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), government data, and other forms of sensitive information that necessitate the highest levels of protection and compliance with regulatory standards such as the CMMC 2.0.


Air-tight Security

With security powered by M365, we ensure that your communication and collaboration tools are within this secure zone, safeguarding against unauthorized access and cyber threats -- while meeting the evolving CMMC standards.

Access Anywhere, Anytime

Provide employees with high-speed access 24/7/365 from any location around the world. Leveraging the Microsoft 365 tools your employees know, you'll be able to maintain your operations and CMMC-level security simeltaneously.


Effortless management

Leave the complexity to us. Our team of experts manages the setup, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of your Secure Enclave. We handle the technicalities and cybersecurity nuances, so you can focus on what you do best: running your business.


High Performance and Productivity

Our solutions supports high-performance needs such as a virtual Graphic Processing Unit (GPU) and similar options for running applications, data, streaming video and loading graphics to create a positive and productive user experience regardless of your needs.

Core Features and Benefits

Advanced Encryption: Utilizing Azure's state-of-the-art encryption capabilities, The Essendis Secure Enclave ensures that all data, whether at rest or in transit, is securely encrypted, significantly reducing the risk of unauthorized access or breaches.
Stringent Access Controls: Leveraging M365's comprehensive identity and access management features, the solution enforces strict access policies and multi-factor authentication protocols. This ensures that only authorized personnel can access sensitive information, maintaining the integrity and confidentiality of the data.
Isolation and Segmentation: By creating a dedicated and isolated environment within Azure, The Essendis Secure Enclave minimizes the risk of data exposure to vulnerabilities elsewhere in the network or system. This segmentation is critical for safeguarding sensitive data against external attacks and insider threats.
Compliance and Auditing Tools: The solution integrates Azure and M365's extensive compliance and auditing tools, enabling organizations to easily meet regulatory requirements and maintain a detailed log of access and activity. This is vital for demonstrating compliance with various standards and for conducting thorough security assessments.
Proactive Threat Detection: With Azure's advanced threat detection mechanisms, The Essendis Secure Enclave actively monitors for suspicious activities, offering real-time alerts and enabling swift action to mitigate potential security incidents.
Fully Managed Service: As a fully managed solution, The Essendis Secure Enclave removes the complexity of managing and securing sensitive data from the organization's shoulders. Expert management and continuous monitoring ensure that the enclave remains secure, up-to-date, and compliant with evolving security standards.

Ideal for Diverse Organizations

The Essendis Secure Enclave is particularly well-suited for organizations engaged in government contracts, defense, healthcare, finance, and other sectors where data security and regulatory compliance are paramount. It offers a seamless way to manage and protect CUI and sensitive information, aligning with the specific operational needs and compliance requirements of various organizations.Tailored to

Recognizing that security and compliance needs are ever-evolving, The Essendis Secure Enclave is designed to be scalable and adaptable. Whether organizations need to adjust to new regulatory mandates, expand their operations, or evolve their security strategies, the solution provides the flexibility and scalability to meet these changing requirements.

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Recognizing that security and compliance needs are ever-evolving, The Essendis Secure Enclave is designed to be scalable and adaptable. Whether organizations need to adjust to new regulatory mandates, expand their operations, or evolve their security strategies, the solution provides the flexibility and scalability to meet these changing requirements.

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Secure your sensitive data now with an Essendis Secure Enclave and take the first step towards unparalleled data protection and compliance. Don't let cybersecurity concerns hinder your organization's potential.

Contact us today to learn how our fully managed solution, leveraging the robust capabilities of Azure and M365, can fortify your data security, streamline your compliance processes, and provide peace of mind. Schedule a consultation with our experts to discuss your specific needs and discover how The Essendis Secure Enclave can be the cornerstone of your cybersecurity strategy. Act now to safeguard your future.

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