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Press Release: Huntsville-Based Microsoft Gold Partner to Launch Managed IT Support Service Uniquely Suited for Federal Contractors

March 23, 2018 – Huntsville, AL.  In the face of recent regulatory compliance pressures - namely the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) – and a major industry shift in cloud technologies, Summit 7 Systems is launching a new Managed Services Provider (MSP) offering on April 1, 2018.

The service offering, entitled AnchorPoint, is a MSP focused on managing an organization’s IT infrastructure while maintaining DFARS 252.204-7012 and NIST SP 800-171 compliance. In addition to the traditional IT support services provided by MSPs, AnchorPoint’s services will address the increasing complexity of security and compliance requirements for the defense industrial base. 

IT Burdens for Government ContractorsCompliance with DFARS and NIST 800-171 is now essential for winning and sustaining contracts, which means MSP providers must also be compliant. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan spoke at the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA) on February 6, 2018 and said, “The culture we need to get to [around IT security] is that we’re going to defend ourselves and we want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of doing business.”

In addition to the compliance burden facing contractors – organizations are confronting an increased complexity of security risks, growing cost to continuously research and improve security posture, and higher staffing costs due to the new cloud management skills required and staff turnover.

 

Compliance with DFARS and NIST 800-171 is now essential for winning and sustaining contracts...

Summit 7 is the first to offer a DFARS and NIST compliant MSP service, which provides assurance to clients that their data is secure and handled in an appropriate manner.  This service will enable businesses to outsource their IT support without risk of compromising their DFARS compliance or their contracts.  Scott Edwards, Owner and President of Summit 7, explains “the AnchorPoint service is not as much of an addition as it is a continuation of our offerings, as many of our clients have needed consistent support after their initial Office 365 or Azure deployment projects”. He adds, “Management of these platforms and all of their configuration and security options can become unwieldly for many small businesses that must remain cost competitive; thus, we are charged with helping organizations get compliant and stay compliant within a defined cost model.”

... we are charged with helping organizations get compliant and stay compliant

While supplying helpdesk support, desktop and mobile device monitoring, patching services, Office 365 tenant administration, and other services – the AnchorPoint practitioners will ensure sensitive data, including Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI), is managed in a DFARS compliant environment. Specifically, the environments used consist of FedRAMP High cloud-based infrastructure that meet the security needs for holding CUI sensitive information, and compliance is maintained through completing extensive verifications to meet each guideline. For more information on the specific services provided or the platforms supported, contact the AnchorPoint team here.

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About Summit 7 Systems

Summit 7 Systems (S7S) is a Microsoft Tier 1 Cloud Solution Provider headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama and proud to serve federal contractors all over the world. Additionally, S7S is a Microsoft Gold Cloud Productivity Partner helping organizations find "a new way work" with cutting edge cloud technologies through thoughtful leadership. Our Secure First methodologies are applied to some of the most intricate governance and compliance requirements around the globe - specializing in Microsoft Azure, Office 365, SharePoint, Exchange, Skype for Business, Microsoft Teams, and Nintex.

After nearly a decade of transforming organizations and their data - the S7S team has completed hundreds of successful projects for clients, from Qatar to Tacoma, WA. This experience and industry leadership has culminated in 8 Microsoft Press book releases by Summit 7 employees and 11 Microsoft MVP awards. S7S is now one of the go-to firms for Security and Compliance related topics in the Microsoft Partner Network, and regularly speaks at Microsoft Government Cloud sponsored industry events. 

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About Shawn Hays

Shawn is a communication and collaboration professional. Prior to Summit 7 Systems, Shawn excelled as a marketing and PR strategist – working within health care and public relations consulting. During his career, he has served as the sole business development manager of a small IT-centric government contracting business and as a publications lead within a large defense and aerospace company. He graduated from the University of Alabama in Huntsville with undergraduate degrees in Physics and Communications, and Tennessee Tech University's MBA program in 2017. It is this technical know-how and ability to convey various subject matters to, both, technical and non-technical audiences that brought him to Summit 7 Systems. In addition, Shawn is a super user of Microsoft SharePoint and Office 365, and possesses a high degree of ITIL process improvement experience.