We give expert advice and strategic direction.

Our services have been developed and refined over time to help you incorporate best practices and increase the return on existing IT investments. This approach is built on decades of technical leadership and practical, real-world experience assessing, designing, implementing and operating security solutions in most complex of environments.

Raymond is truly a industry thought leader, product visionary, and disciplined CEO leading 5thColumn's growth from start up to a global leader for SAAS based applications in the security industry. The impact of his vision for providing timely market solutions across government, corporate and financial business's for threat detection today is literally changing how CIO's approach their global networks against second by second threats.
J.Thomas Gensch - Senior Vice President Global Sales

Our unique methodology is based not only on real expertise in performing penetration tests and risk assessments, but also on a strong foundation in IT security engineering, operations management and effective policy and procedural development.

We have extensive experience in the areas of vulnerability assessment and penetration testing that has lead to the development of a highly effective assessment methodology. This helped us streamline the processes that go beyond the industry standard for Risk Assessment.

More than ever are organizations aware of costs associated with a breach, intrusion, or otherwise ineffective compliance strategy.

These factors, in conjunction with our passion for IT Security, drives us to provide a true enterprise assessment and not a routine procedure tool that will set off your existing protective measures and produce a predictive result. It should always be considered that by the nature of the exercise itself, the service provider should attempt to perform as much of the assessment in a manner that is as close to “real world” as possible and to achieve the assessment goals.

By harnessing these key attributes, Information Assurance becomes a transformative opportunity from a traditional “prohibitive” technology to one that creates optimization opportunities.

Assessment Goals

Identify the current strengths and components to be leveraged

Increase the return on existing investments

Decrease operational overhead

Proactively identify threats

Adapt to evolving business risks.

Adjustments to management procedures and policies can save you time and increase security.

While the primary objective is focused IT Security, compliance, and identification of related risks, there is also a need to assess the effectiveness of certain policies and procedures related to IT security, compliance management, and operations management, especially in the areas of system hardening, proactive management / monitoring, and incident response / remediation.

We are CDE (Credit Cardholder Data Environment) Compliant

Our Assessment tools can be leveraged for “point in time” compliance based objectives, while simultaneously enabling real-time monitoring and regulatory “proof of performance” to be later used as deliverables to engagement client. This is not only fundamentally crucial for Compliance Management of Cardholder Data Environment (CDE), but is also the elusive information critical for strategic planning and tactical response.

We are PCI-DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard) Compliant

The benefit of our PCI-DSS guideline approach is the ability to leverage the combined capabilities to complete not only the Point-in-time objective, but also the ability to provide a continuous risk assessment process capable of identifying or discovering emerging threats and vulnerabilities that could negatively impact the cardholder data environment. This enables your business to proactively mitigate such threats and vulnerabilities before they become incidents.

Our PCI focused assessment process includes 4 core phases:

Identify / Validate compliance or PCI related assets and threats to those assets

Qualify detected vulnerabilities and enumerate any infected endpoints identified, whether organizational or technical.

Development of recommendations & strategy to address the identified threats, or vulnerabilities that put the organization at risk.

Document the compliance management strategy adopted for mitigation of all identified threats including changes in process, technology, or the addition of compensating controls.

Prepare for the Future

We build strategic technology vision, mission, and goals with increased productivity in mind.

We approach each client requirement with a unique perspective: to deliver technology solutions addressing defined requirements and ultimately transforming your organization to a high performer.


Core Services

5C Enterprise Security

Enterprise data protection and service.


Advanced cyber-threat protection for your network

5C Consultative Services

Expert advice and direction



We build effective procedures and policies so you can focus on your business.

Over the past 15 years, our security experts have worked with federal, state and local government entities to identify risks, improve processes, develop effective procedures and streamline operations through the implementation of a holistic framework and program.


Expert Assessments

You'll be working with a talented team, not just another routine procedure.

As the IT security industry evolved into a more mainstream function, expertise was lost and automated tools became the foundation of practitioners. This trend led to the development of procedures and methods that create a predictable result and increased associated risks. We've brought the expertise back into the equation to quickly and accurately identify risks within applications, systems, procedure, and operations that in most cases were unknown to the business.



.. and enhancements

Our proven framework will allow for simultaneous execution: from the primary objectives to identifying ways to optimize IT security operations & management.

In an effort to align more closely with industry leading frameworks and guidelines we highlight gaps in business processes and deployed systems, while exercising policy and identifying risks associated with procedure, policy, and technology.



We thoroughly check your third party connections: a service level of detail that can't be surpassed.

Traditional assessments fall short in their ability to discover and identify key sources of latency, risks, and intelligence that are critical to business operations. We check in on your partner's network connections to make sure that they do not pose a risk to you.

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