“The Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) has worked with TalaTek since March of 2012, when they helped us successfully achieve a critical compliance milestone on a very tight timetable.

“Since then, TalaTek has helped us navigate the challenges of FISMA compliance while always keeping our security status in mind and costs down. TalaTek’s subject matter experts helped our team effectively prioritize efforts to meet our security and compliance needs. They have been flexible and responsive, tailoring solutions to our unique concerns.

“TalaTek’s Security as a Services model provides an in-depth approach to compliance and risk management while engaging and informing the customer throughout the entire process. Their scalable and customized approach to project management keeps our business mission in mind while providing a cost-effective solution to improving our security profile. I have valued their commitment to finding the right solution for my business, rather than fitting my business into a standard solution.”

Michelle Rives

Information System Owner (ISO), Human Genome Sequencing Center



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Working with PBGC since 2008, the scope of the TalaTek Security and Risk Management work has grown to continuously monitoring the cyber security risk for a key agency department.

TalaTek uses its proven, highly effective methodology to implement a risk-based approach for managing risk, moving the process from a paper exercise to an automated risk-based approach to implementing NIST Risk Management Framework.

By identifying and addressing cybersecurity risk and introducing innovative approaches to improvements in technology, processes and resources, TalaTek introduces maturity into the process that helps focus and prioritize agency efforts in managing compliance and adhering to government standards and regulations.

Employing our Enterprise Compliance Management Solution (ECMS), TalaTek has supported PBGC in achieving compliance with Federal cybersecurity requirements, from a Gap Analysis process that focuses on the mission/business processes, to assessing and quantifying security risks, while providing risk metrics for trend analysis and risk prioritization.


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The Human Genome Sequencing Center (HGSC) at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) was founded in 1996. They are a world leader in genomics research. HGSC is one of three large-scale sequencing centers funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Research at the Center focuses on genome sequencing and improving genome technologies to advance the knowledge of biology and genetics.

TalaTek provides scalable security services to HGSC, including both Continuous Monitoring and Vulnerability Management.

In accordance with NIST SP 800-37 Rev. 1, HGSC has effectively completed all six stages of the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and currently maintains ongoing awareness of information security under NIST SP 800-137 guidance for Information Security Continuous Monitoring (ISCM).

Leveraging TalaTek’s Enterprise Compliance Management Solution (ECMS) has transformed a documentation-intensive process into an automated process by providing an up-to-date and cost-effective status of security controls for HGSC.