What Sets Secure Ideas Apart From Other Security Consulting Firms?

What Sets Secure Ideas Apart From Other Security Consulting Firms?
Andrew Kates
Author: Andrew Kates

Secure Ideas at a Glance

As an industry leader in security consulting, training, and penetration testing, Secure Ideas is continually striving to improve the state of the art and practice of information security.  Secure Ideas, LLC was founded in 2010, and is a woman-owned, small-business consulting firm, comprising more than 27 employees, and headquartered in Jacksonville, FL.  

Our steadfast focus is collaborating with clients to ensure they have the best possible penetration testing experience; before, during, and after a project.  We work alongside our clients to improve their security management and reduce the risk of potential losses through a proactive approach to information security.  By providing an objective understanding of each organizationโ€™s current security posture and performing unbiased consultation to effectively manage the risk through practical remediation of vulnerabilities and weaknesses, we are able to equip our clients with the knowledge to strengthen their security. 

Experience and Expertise

Secure Ideasโ€™ consultants are experts in the field, including system administration, network architecture, and application development.  We have been involved in building incident response and forensic teams, architecting security solutions for large enterprises, and penetration testing everything from government agencies to Fortune 50 companies.  Our team of professional security consultants has over 170 years of combined experience, and specializes in:

๐Ÿ”’Web Application Penetration Testing

๐Ÿ”’Mobile Device and Application Penetration Testing

๐Ÿ”’Network Penetration Testing โ€“ Internal, External, Wireless

๐Ÿ”’Security Architecture Reviews

๐Ÿ”’Information Security Training and Course Development

๐Ÿ”’Social Engineering and Social Networking Assessments

๐Ÿ”’Risk Assessments

๐Ÿ”’Physical Security Assessments

๐Ÿ”’Security Policies and Procedures

๐Ÿ”’Vulnerability Management

๐Ÿ”’Information Security Governance

๐Ÿ”’Threat Modeling

Secure Ideasโ€™ technical expertise is based on decades of hands-on experience, possessing advanced understanding in development, operating systems, databases, network security, storage, messaging, active directory, application security, wireless security, security controls, and much more.  The team researches various exploits and vulnerabilities, across multiple technologies and products, developing frameworks, toolsets, and testing methodologies that have been leveraged in assisting many organizations in improving their network and application security.  The breadth of our experience extends across multiple industries, including healthcare and insurance, financial services, energy and utilities, technology, retail, telecommunications, manufacturing, automotive, non-profit organizations, military, and all levels of government from federal to local.  

Given this collection of experience and expertise, Secure Ideas is able to provide a complete and unique perspective that is designed specifically for each organization.  All of our security consultants have experience in systems or network administration, operations, and/or development, and therefore understand the importance of testing sensitive systems that are crucial to business operations.  More importantly, they know how to provide practical, usable recommendations that are realistic and actionable.

Community Involvement 

Secure Ideas also believes in giving back to the security industry and has demonstrated this philosophy by leading and participating in many open-source projects, such as SamuraiWTF, Yokoso, Laudanum, Burp Plugins CO2 and Paramalyzer, MobiSec, ADHD, SH5ARK, BASE, and Weaponized Flash.  Additionally, Secure Ideas consultants participate as speakers and instructors at well-known conferences and training venues such as the SANS Institute, IANS, Black Hat, RSA, OWASP, Infragard, ISACA, ISSA, ShmooCon, DerbyCon, and DEF CON.  Secure Ideas has also presented to the US Senate regarding cyber security.  Our work and expertise have been featured in interviews and publications with the following: CNN, Forbes, Consumer Reports, Computer World, Defense News, InfoSecurity Magazine, Kiplingerโ€™s, and many more.  Finally, Secure Ideas staff holds various certifications including, but not limited to CISSP, GWAPT, GPEN, GCIA, GCIH, GCFA, GAWN, CEH, OSCP, OSCE, and CISM.  Our team is also members of various organizations such as OWASP, ISSA, and Infragard.

We Might Be Biased but We are a Great Fit for Your Organization

Secure Ideas is different from many other consulting firms, due in large part, to our extensive understanding of modern threats, attacks, and defenses as subject matter experts in the field of information security.  Secure Ideasโ€™ consultants are uniquely equipped, and adept at assessing client needs, comprehending complex details on new technologies, and identifying risks to an organization.  

Having worked extensively with both private and public sector clients to assess security architecture weaknesses and vulnerabilities, create and update enterprise-level cybersecurity policies, procedures, and governance documentation, and provide solutions to remediate critical business issues related to complex systems and their supporting infrastructure, Secure Ideas possesses the core competencies that distinguish us from competing firms.

Want to Know More? 

We hope this article was helpful in getting to know our team.  If you have any questions at all, please contact us as we will be happy to connect with your team, and look forward to the opportunity to serve you. 

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