DENVER, CO and TORONTO, ON – February 17, 2020 – Lares, a global leader in security assessment, red teaming, penetration testing, application security and security program development, today announced the launch of its new Canadian subsidiary, named Lares Canada. Based in Toronto, ON, Lares Canada provides the company’s existing Canadian financial services, oil and gas, technology, and government customers with a local presence and introduces Lares’ unique and cutting-edge cybersecurity capabilities to the rest of the nation.
“Lares has been increasingly working with Canadian companies and Canadian subsidiaries or branches of international companies over the past few years,” said Chris Nickerson, Founder & CEO of Lares. “With the opening of our Toronto office, Lares will bring its security assessment, compliance, and management expertise to Government and private industry.”
To help spearhead Lares Canada, Lares has also hired Lee Kagan as Director of Adversarial Collaboration. Prior to Lares, Kagan served as a Sr. Principal Offensive R&D specialist at Symantec, was the co-founder of RedBlack Security, and was the co-creator of the Canadian Collegiate Cyber Exercise (C3X).
“I could not be more thrilled to join the already incredible team at Lares,” said Kagan. “For as long as I can remember, they’ve been producing exceptional work, talent and have a unique ability to cut through the noise and get the job done all the while operating at the highest possible level you want from a security testing shop.”
“We are excited to have Lee lead our local presence in Canada,” said Nickerson. “We believe that Lares’ innovation in purple teaming and using testing services to build more resilient cybersecurity programs will change the market from the usual ‘gloom and doom’ of breaches to stories of security success and triumph.”
About Lares, LLC.
Lares is a security consulting firm that helps companies secure electronic, physical, intellectual, and financial assets through a unique blend of assessment, testing, and coaching since 2008.
About Lares Canada
Lares Canada is the Candian division of Lares, LLC. that provides innovative security consulting services that help companies secure electronic, physical, intellectual, and financial assets through a unique blend of assessment, testing, and coaching.
Andrew Hay is the COO at Lares and is a veteran cybersecurity executive, strategist, industry analyst, data scientist, threat and vulnerability researcher, and international public speaker with close to 25 years of cybersecurity experience across multiple domains. He prides himself on his ability to execute the security strategy of the company with which he works without neglecting business objectives and the needs of its customers. Andrew is the author of multiple books on advanced security topics and is frequently approached to provide expert commentary on industry developments. He has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Bloomberg, Wired, USA Today, and CSO Magazine.