Military & Federal

Gray Tier is an advanced security company that focuses on developing technical solutions to the toughest cyber security challenges facing our customers

Gray Tier's Philosophy

Compliance does not mean SECURITY

Compliance just a snapshot of your security program to a specific framework's set of security requirements at a given moment in time.

Meet Gray Tier’s Military & Federal Team

Gray Tier’s Military & Federal team provides a wide range of professional government cyber security services to many departments and agencies. We work with many government clients, including those that execute critical cyber operations in national and homeland security. We also work with government-funded research institutions. Gray Tier is uniquely qualified to help Military & Federal entities prevent and minimize cyber risks. Our team has the strategic and operational experience to effectively assist government organizations with their cyber security needs. Our experts who have developed an impressive track record with military entities, intelligence organizations, and Fortune 500 companies.

Gray Tiers is a verified Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) and is eligible to be your sole-source provider of these solutions. Research some of our areas of expertise in more detail below.

For Government and Defense Customers

Gray Tier's primary characterization is offensive cyber operations (OCO) with a specialization in defensive cybersecurity operations (DCO), NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) support, and FISMA compliance. We provide solutions in areas such as Assessment and Authorization (A&A), Security Engineering, and Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO) to support and develop custom software applications to enhance and automate these functions.

Our team is thoroughly vetted, security-cleared and certified up to DoD 8570.01-m IAT, IAM and IASAE Level III levels I through III.

Our Cybersecurity Solutions Include

  • PCI, FISMA, and NIST Compliance
  • RMF Assessment & Authorization (A&A)
  • Independent Risk and Vulnerability Assessments (IV&V)
  • Penetration Testing
  • HVA & RVA Assessments
  • 24/7/365 Managed Security Services Provider
  • Intrusion Detection & Prevention
  • Cyber Forensics & Incident Response
  • Cybersecurity Engineering & Advisory
  • IAVM & ISVM announcements

Failure to meet the requirements of FISMA could result in budget cuts to an agency or termination from a contract for a private government contractor.


Gray Tier's past performance in the validation and assessment of systems and enclaves worldwide, both classified and unclassified, in accordance with the NIST Risk Management Framework (RMF) and the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Gray Tier provides top tier security engineering solutions to ensure compliance with RMF and FISMA in accordance with NIST 800-53 controls and to achieve a full Authorization to Operate (ATO). Our team performs over 150 such engagements each year to ensure the security and compliance of federal and defense information technology, weapons, ashore/afloat, and industrial control systems.

How to Order

Federal, state, and local governments can rapidly buy services from Gray Tier by using the following Highly Adaptive Cybersecurity Services (HACS) Special Item Numbers (SIN) on GSA’s IT Schedule 70:

SIN 132 45 A: Penetration Testing

SIN 132 45B: Incident Response Services

SIN 132 45C: Cyber Hunt

SIN 132 45D: Risk & Vulnerability Assessments

Gray Tier also has two additional GSA SINS:

SIN #132-50: Training Services

SIN #132-51: Professional Services

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Verify the Strength of Your Information Security Program

Cyber Security Program Assessments

Developing a program, reviewing its effectiveness, and testing program resilience will help ensure your organization has met its compliance obligations.

Our assessments review your current cyber and IT risks, policies, and programs. With this comprehensive analysis, we can identify your program’s strengths and weaknesses to find any security gaps. We can also advise your organization on the optimal solutions for your business based on your unique risks and resource constraints.

Once developed, you need to test the effectiveness of your program in simulated real-world scenarios. Gray Tier offers red-team and table-top exercises tailored to your specific requirements, and developed with our expertise in defending government networks.

As insider threats (i.e., malicious or negligent employees) can also be a major concern for Military & Federal entities, we deliver services directed at managing the human element of security. Gray Tier offers cyber security training and awareness courses for all levels of digital expertise.

Our Customers

Access Services Built Around Your Security Needs


Gray Tier’s managed security services efficiently and effectively manage your technical security needs. Our services are scalable to the size, complexity, and risk tolerance of your organization.

Protecting Government Data with Comprehensive Cyber Defenses

Military & Federal Breach Response Services

If your organization suffers a breach, or you suspect one has already occurred, Gray Tier offers a variety of services to help you respond, including:

  • Hunting for current or undiscovered threats affecting your network,
  • Coaching your organization through difficult decisions after a breach, and
  • Providing a response team with a host of capabilities to deal with an active threat.

Multi-Faceted Cyber Security Issues Impact Military & Federal

Government organizations across the globe must protect and defend their data and networks against persistent cyber threats. No organization is immune to the devastating consequences cyber criminals and sophisticated nation-state actors can cause by accessing a public entity’s sensitive/classified information, intellectual property (IP), and/or personally identifiable information.

Most organizations recognize the threat of a foreign entity gaining access to state secrets or defense matters. There are a myriad of other cyber threats facing Military & Federal organizations, however. For one, countries are actively exfiltrating intellectual property. This not only damages the competitive advantage of private companies, but it can also affect national security.

Identifying Threat Types and Motivations

Malicious cyber actors target governmental organizations because of the vast databases of information they contain. This may include information on residents or extensive personal information on employees. This was illustrated by the U.S. Government’s Office of Personnel Management (OPM) breach.

An organization’s employees could also be considered threats. This threat can materialize as a malicious actor stealing sensitive data, or a negligent employee who inadvertently enables access to files and systems. The sheer number of people employed by the government both directly and as contractors creates additional risk.

  • Maintain an Inventory of Information Systems
  • Categorize Information and Systems According to Risk Level
  • Maintain a System Security Plan
  • Implement Security Controls
  • Conduct Risk Assessments
  • Achieve Certification and/or Accreditation
  • Conduct Continuous Monitoring

Failure to meet the requirements of FISMA could result in budget cuts to an agency or termination from a contract for a private government contractor.

Military & Federal Compliance – FISMA Overview

In the US, the most important cyber regulation in the Military & Federal is the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA), passed in 2002 as part of the E-Government Act, with updates in December 2014.

Similar to industry-specific cyber regulations like those in the healthcare or financial servicesindustries, FISMA requires each federal agency to develop, document, and implement a cyber security program. In addition to all federal agencies, FISMA also applies to state agencies that are administering federal programs. This includes Medicare, Medicaid, unemployment insurance, and private government contractors who meet expansive criteria.

If your organization is using a cloud environment, your cloud service provider (CSP) must also comply with FISMA requirements. The use of such services is reviewed under the government-wide Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP).

FISMA assigns the role of developing the standards and minimum security requirements to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which the Secretary of Commerce approves. The requirements are extensive, encompassing 17 areas of security detailing approximately 205 specific requirements.

Related Data Sheet

Cyber Security Assessments for the Military & Federal

Cyber Security Assessments for the Military & Federal

Incident Response

Incident Response

Penetration Testing

Penetration Testing

Gray Tier CyHy (Cyber Hygiene)

Gray Tier CyHy (Cyber Hygiene)

Insider Threat (Int)

Insider Threat (Int)

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