Clarity. Insight. And a lot less mystery.

We have a better way of approaching cybersecurity challenges.

You may have heard that cybersecurity is complicated. Inscrutable. Precarious. Or that it’s an “IT responsibility.” That the “right technology” fixes everything. And, our favorite: that it’s all quite scary business.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Cybersecurity is a strategy. A way of working. A process for achieving your business objectives. Once you understand how it fits into your organization’s management and culture, cybersecurity becomes a process to be embraced…a tool for greater success.

Whether you’re needing to pass an audit, protecting against malicious cyber events, or gain the confidence and agility to secure your next big opportunity, our insights and experience will improve your business.

We call it being “never not ready” – the ability to take your business where you want it to go.

Smart. Experienced. Valuable.

There’s “being in the business for X years,” and there’s being the ones who seem to get the call whenever there’s a lot on the line. That’s our Senior Team at Monarch.

We quickly assess your cybersecurity challenge, formulate a sound strategy, and help you implement the necessary changes. And we’re able to do this cost-effectively and without unnecessary disruptions to your day-to-day operations.

We also pride ourselves on our client relationships. We’re counselors, collaborators and myth-busters. We’re on top of the continuing changes in your industry. We’re responsive and supportive. And we love what we do.

Meet the Monarch Team

Jozef Kurlanski


Joe Kurlanski has over 25 years’ experience in IT and information security. He holds CISSP® and HCISPP® certifications from ISC2©, and is a Registered Practitioner with the CMMC-AB. A veteran developer of sustainable risk management and information security programs for hospitals, banks, credit unions, and Department of Defense contractors, Joe founded Monarch Information Security Consulting in 2014 expressly to meet the unique needs of smaller businesses grappling with today’s myriad laws, regulations and data security challenges.

John Rogers

Senior Information Security Consultant

John H. Rogers, CISSP®, CMMC RP, has been an information security professional since 2002, making the transition from his prior career as an IT Network Engineer. John has created and managed comprehensive information/cybersecurity programs in the private and public sectors; he has also served as a dedicated advisor and board committee member in the financial, healthcare and education sectors. John has performed hundreds of risk and compliance assessments for community banks, financial services organizations, state agencies, large healthcare systems, medical practices, and other large and small organizationsJohn is also a sought-after public speaker, and regularly conducts training sessions, presentations and workshop engagements nationwide to a spectrum of audiences. He is able to translate the most complex topics at any organizational level and relay the importance of each person’s role in the subject matter. 

Patrick Cartney

Associate Information Security Consultant

Patrick was a marketing professional and marine science instructor before he got the desire to fight bad guys in the cyber-realm. Tired of being on the business end of ransomware attacks, he chose instead to help others defend themselves against malicious cyber events. Only a few credits shy of a Master of Science in Information Technology (specialized in cybersecurity), Patrick is Monarch’s first Associate Advisor. He brings a wealth of natural abilities – including extraordinarily sharp powers of observation – and is quickly proving to be an impressive cybersecurity specialist. Patrick will be leading our Level 1 CMMC compliance assessments and participating in many other Monarch Advisory projects. We’re certain you’ll enjoy working with him.

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V-ISO Services

V-ISO is our most engaged and complete service offering at Monarch ISC. You select the components, and we execute an annualized program acting as an outsourced member of your internal team.

This package may include everything we offer, or any of several sets of core program components. We bundle your choices, provide privileged pricing, and schedule our year together to build the program foundations. Once the foundations are built, we move into Sustainability Mode, still providing whatever level of engagement you choose.

What’s included?

  • Unrestricted access to your advisor by email or phone for your day to day questions.
  • A monthly meeting to ensure progress is steady. We can act as leader, facilitator, secretary, and/or taskmaster, that’s up to you.
  • Process tracking beyond the monthly meeting.
  • Reporting formatted for any organizational level.
  • A senior certified information / cyber security professional with at least 20-years of experience working with financial services organizations, healthcare practices and systems, and DOD contractors.

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Documents, Policies & Plans

Our highly effective policies and plans are currently in-force at banks, credit unions, healthcare facilities, and DoD contractors. Our careful iterative process ensures your organization is understood before the writing begins. Your policies and plans need to express actual practices, not some templatized check-box fantasy that bears little resemblance to your unique organization.

We will work with you to create a new Information Security Program, or dramatically improve your existing program or any component to include:

  • Information Security Policy
  • Incident Response Plan
  • Security Plan(s)
  • Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery Plans
  • Vendor Management Plan
  • Pandemic Response Plan

Monarch ISC Information Security Program documents have undergone two-decades of regulatory and audit scrutiny, passed every test, and set the standard. They are the bedrock on which you will build your information security program.

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Cybersecurity Training

People are your weakest link. We deliver effective training to any organizational group to strengthen the whole chain, from end-users, to IT Professionals, to Board of Directors, and every level in-between. Everyone must gain awareness and develop the skills needed in their roles to make an organization resilient to adverse events and incidents.

Our live instructor-led training sessions:

  • Are customized for your organization.
  • Cover all regulatory required material, current threats, Cybercriminal profiles and processes, and of course how to defend against nearly constant attempts by the bad guys to disrupt your mission.
  • Are conducted via video conferencing and recorded for your unrestricted internal use.

Engage us to follow-up the training with phishing email test campaigns to measure the effectiveness of our training too! We’re confident you’ll see results!

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HIPAA Compliance Assessment

You made sure your Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system was HIPAA-compliant. Did you know that is just the first step in making your practice HIPAA-compliant?

You take great care of your patients, and you know that means taking great care of your patients’ sensitive personal data, too. But complying with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) can be as complicated as some of the things you learned in medical school.

Monarch Information Security Consulting understands what the law demands of you and your practice, can evaluate what you need to do to meet those expectations, and will create a customized and easy-to-understand plan for you to achieve complete HIPAA compliance and get back to caring for your patients with confidence.

Our consultants have over 40 years of experience in identifying, evaluating, and remediating HIPAA compliance. We take the time to get to know you and your organization, and we create a comprehensive map of your entire data flow. We pinpoint your vulnerabilities and infractions, we provide a smart, straightforward plan to achieve sustainable, HIPAA compliant data security, and we stand by you and our work in the event of an audit.

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FFIEC CAT Assessment

The FFIEC Cybersecurity Assessment Tool measures the maturity of your financial institution’s information security program. The tool helps define your current inherent risk profile and assess your compliance status across the security domains. 

It can be a daunting exercise to complete.

We can help!

Our experts work with your team to complete the assessment and document any gaps in compliance. We will build a timeline for remediation, and can assist with training, risk assessments, policy building, business continuity exercises, board reporting, and more. Our work will fill the gaps and increase your maturity level. 

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CMMC Assessment

The Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) has been released!

The certification will be required for all Department of Defense contractors AND sub-contractors. Audits will begin in 2020. The audit timelines and the list of approved auditors have not been released.

Special Note: DoD Guidance for self-assessment scoring has been updated! You will need to provide your self-assessment (Basic) of the NIST 800-171 guidance to the Supplier Performance Risk System (SPRS). The system is online NOW! Do you know your score?

NOW is the time to start the certification process, so contact us for a free consultation.
For many organizations this is a strange new world. Data security requirements have been in place for banks, merchants accepting credit cards, and healthcare organizations, but never have manufacturers and other government contractors with unclassified information faced this type of scrutiny.
This can be an overwhelming amount of work.
The certification domains cover a wide variety of topics from Asset Management to System and Information Integrity. You will need to implement the correct controls, write the appropriate policies, and keep track of your compliance activities in preparation of an audit. Failure to be certified will mean thousands, or millions, of dollars in lost government contracts.

Monarch ISC can help.

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