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Expert Advisory Services to Improve and Validate Your Security

The Lares Advisory Services team offers consultative services to improve your cybersecurity program through incremental, manageable, and measurable methods. Whether you require a dedicated Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) on retainer, an independent third-party risk assessment, or a collaborative engagement with our purple team to measure efficacy, Lares is here to help.

Virtual CISO

The Lares Virtual Chief Information Security Officer (vCISO) service is designed for organizations needing someone to take responsibility for creating, growing, and measuring their information security program. With our vCISO service, you get a retained board-level resource who can ‘virtually sit inside your company and manage your security strategy, budget, and success of your risks and regulatory programs.

Regulatory Compliance

Does your organization have an upcoming regulatory compliance audit or assessment? Every regulatory compliance mandate requires completing an IT risk assessment, at least annually, to be provided as evidence of an effective information security management program. Let Lares help you confirm that everything you need is complete to pass your upcoming audit or assessment.

Gap Assessments

Areas of non-compliance or non-conformity can be highlighted with a detailed and prioritized plan to show the organization how they can be incrementally addressed and remediated accordingly given time, staff, and financial constraints.

Maturity Assessments

Lares can measure the maturity of your NIST Cybersecurity Framework (CSF), ISO 27001, SOC 2, HIPAA, and PCI DSS security program against common frameworks such as the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) to see how your security program measures up against industry peers.

Tabletop Exercises

Is your team ready to handle a security incident? The best way to confirm and share knowledge is to perform a tabletop exercise that emulates an actual incident. Lares can facilitate onsite and 100% remote tabletop exercises tailored to your environment and incident response plan.

IT Risk Assessments

Are you looking to baseline your overall IT and security risks? Lares can work with you to identify, gather, and review all required documentation and evidence to determine your organization's current risk level.

Adversarial Simulation

Will your deployed tools actually alert and protect you? The engineers at Lares will work collaboratively with your security team to perform real-world attack scenarios that emulate live attackers and ensuring cyber-security incidents don’t go unnoticed.

SIEM Configuration Review

Are you sending and collecting the best logs and events to alert your organization to a potential incident? Lares Security and Information Event Management (SIEM) experts can help define your log management standard, enable your devices to send the most useful logs, and help tune your alert rules to reduce noise and false positives.

Configuration Reviews

Applications deployed in Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud may require additional security scrutiny as they are no longer protected by your on-premises security controls. Lares can review proposed and current cloud application implementations against security industry best practices for optimal protection.

Lares Top 5 CISO Findings For 2022

Throughout 2022, the Lares® Advisory Services team has tracked several emerging trends when assisting clients with Virtual CISO, IT Risk Assessment, and Security Program Management engagements, regardless of organization size or maturity. Though not every engagement is identical, we have analyzed the similarities between hundreds of engagements throughout 2022.

Some of Our Delighted Customers

"The expertise and professionalism that Lares' Purple Team brings to the table are unmatched. We will definitely be bringing them back for future engagements."
Benjamin Vaughn
SVP & CISO, Hyatt
"They wanted to see us succeed as much as we wanted to see us succeed. This is why, 10 years later, we are still having this conversation."
Jeffrey Hecht
(Former) Chief Compliance & Security Officer, The Word & Brown Companies
"The biggest benefit of having a Lares vCISO is getting guidance on how to tackle security issues and determining a realistic approach on how to address them."
Andrew Casceillo
Corporate Director of Technical Services, Ulbrich Stainless Steel and Speciality Metals Inc.

CASE STUDY: Word & Brown

Using a culture of security as a baseline, Word & Brown achieved compliance because of its security journey — not in spite of it.

Empowering Organizations to Maximize Their Security Potential.

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