First new application, CyMetric, converts cyber and data privacy regulations into measurable policies and controls
Harris Beach PLLC, one of the country’s top law firms according to The National Law Journal, today announced the launch of Caetra.ioTM, a software company focused on helping organizations comply with domestic and international regulations and measure their success in meeting those obligations.
A wholly owned Harris Beach subsidiary, Caetra.io has developed, as its first offering, a compliance-as-a-service application that helps organizations simplify compliance with the growing number of contractual and cyber regulations governing data security and privacy.
This software application, known as CyMetricTM, translates many different regulations into a single legally compliant policy, and defines the discrete industry standard data security and privacy controls needed to satisfy that policy. Developed in close association with Harris Beach lawyers, CyMetric automatically integrates requirements of the law into an organization’s controls and policies to ensure compliance.
CyMetric also provides a mechanism for customers to assess and measure the progress it is making to implement its compliance program and allows users to see in real time how the organization is performing against requirements.
Caetra.io and CyMetric originate from the vision of Harris Beach partner Alan Winchester, who serves as Caetra’s chief development officer. Alan leads the Harris Beach Cybersecurity Protection and Response Practice Group. He has focused on the intersection of law and computers since becoming an attorney in 1989.
“The mission of Caetra and CyMetric can be described in two words: Reduced risk. Our cloud-based application puts IT, compliance and management all on the same page in terms of meeting obligations of various laws such as HIPAA, GDPR and other regulations,” Winchester said. “The regulatory climate globally is getting more complex every day. Historically, understanding these regulations and translating them into practice requires an enormous and sometimes redundant commitment of time and expense. CyMetric streamlines that process and integrates critical measurement capabilities so your teams can focus on what they do best.”
The financial and reputational cost of a failed data privacy and security compliance program is increasing. Regulatory fines and contractual litigation between private parties often spell the end for many small businesses and materially affect the bottom line of large organizations. In many recent breaches, the point of failure boiled down to substandard implementation of controls designed to mitigate a known risk or implement a required policy. CyMetric helps organizations stand up these controls, and lets them see where they have gaps in implementation.
In addition to Alan Winchester, the Caetra.io leadership team consists of Harris Beach Director of Compliance and Risk Management Dawn Russell, who serves as Caetra’s chief information security officer, and Michael Compisi, a software-industry veteran who serves as Caetra.io’s president and general manager.
About Harris Beach
Founded in 1856, Harris Beach and its subsidiaries provide a full range of legal and professional services for clients across New York state, as well as nationally and internationally. Harris Beach is among the country’s top law firms according to The National Law Journal and ranks as a BTI Elite law firm based on in-depth interviews of more than 600 corporate counsel at the world’s largest and most influential companies. Clients include Fortune 100 corporations, privately-held companies, emerging businesses, public sector entities, not-for-profit organizations and individuals. Principal industries Harris Beach represents include education, energy, financial, food and beverage, health care, insurance, manufacturing, medical and life sciences, real estate developers, science and technology, veterinary medicine, and state and local governments and authorities. The firm’s more than 220 lawyers practice among offices throughout New York state in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Melville, New York City, Rochester, Saratoga Springs, Syracuse, Uniondale and White Plains, as well as in New Haven, Connecticut and Newark, New Jersey. For more information, go to https://www.harrisbeach.com.
Caetra is a software company and developer of CyMetric, the cloud-based cybersecurity compliance tool that unifies disparate regulations into one single, legally-vetted compliance program. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Harris Beach, Caetra draws upon both the insight of regulatory experts and the advice of attorneys from a national law firm to identify organizations’ individual compliance needs, map them to evolving regulations and assist them in continually assessing their program – providing stakeholders a clear snapshot of their cybersecurity compliance program. For more information, go to https://caetra.io.