The strategic plan created through work with MassMEP was essential in defining the future direction of the company over the next 3 years. The planning process drove the company to identify highly achievable goals and to provide a clear vision for the future. As part of this work preparing for growth, HSI also engaged MassMEP on a cyber security assessment project. At this time, HSI’s primary customer market is the defense industry, and a critical requirement for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) is to comply with, or have a roadmap and plan in place to comply with, NIST SP 800-171. NIST compliance was a key foundation for establishing a growth plan with the DOD.