The Maryland Innovation and Security Institute (MISI) is a non-profit organization bringing innovative cybersecurity solutions to both the public and private sectors, most notably by improving cyber resiliency in the defense industrial base, while sharpening the skills of young cyber professionals along the way.
Through outreach and education, MISI helps organizations better understand the technologies they are evaluating so that they can feel confident about investing in them. Elastic technology is at the heart of those programs, and many others that MISI spearheads.
Elasticsearch has been a foundational technology for MISI since its inception three years ago. The organization deploys Elastic Observability and Elastic Security, as well as the AWS GovCloud FedRAMP-moderate authorized Elastic Cloud offering across its many projects.
Leveraging Elastic SIEM, MISI operates a security operations center that is a cost-effective service for defense contractors that need to comply with national cybersecurity standards, such as the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification. This allows MISI to help contractors learn about and protect vulnerable parts of the national security supply chain.
For example, The SolarWinds supply chain attack affected thousands of subscribers to the company’s IT management platform, including large corporations and government agencies. Through its use of Elastic Security, MISI was able to quickly deliver a single-screen view of whether defense contractors were affected—and that insight is helping contractors prepare for and respond to future attacks.