BSI expands cyber security and information resilience offer to US with AppSec Consulting acquisition

BSI has moved to acquire AppSec Consulting, the cyber security and information resilience (CSIR) company located in San Jose, California. The acquisition will see AppSec Consulting become a key part of BSI’s CSIR offer. The business will now operate under the name ‘AppSec Consulting – a BSI Professional Services Company’.

The acquisition of AppSec Consulting further strengthens BSI’s CSIR services in the United States – one of the key markets that’s leading the development and implementation of information and cyber security Best Practice.

Globally, BSI is fast becoming one of the leading providers of CSIR services in several key areas including cyber security, information management, data privacy, eDiscovery and forensics, employee security awareness and training alongside the compliance and testing services provided by the organisation’s accredited laboratories.

AppSec Consulting’s wide range of services are seen to be an excellent match to those offered by the existing BSI CSIR team in the UK and Ireland, ensuring a strengthened and rounded offer for clients who operate in both the US and Europe.

Established 14 years ago, AppSec Consulting has a strong reputation in the US cyber security sector, servicing a wide range of clients across the country. The business was initially focused on web application security, penetration testing and developer training and has since successfully diversified into providing strategic cyber security, data privacy and a range of governance, risk and compliance advisory services.

Building a Centre of Excellence

Howard Kerr: CEO at the BSI

Howard Kerr: CEO at the BSI

Speaking about this move, Howard Kerr (CEO at the BSI) stated: “This acquisition is reflective of our key strategic aim to expand our cyber security and information resilience offer and build a Centre of Excellence for organisations globally. AppSec Consulting is one of the most professional companies to emerge in the last 20 years. Its services perfectly complement those offered by the BSI Cyber Security and Information Resilience teams in the UK and Ireland. It’s a perfect match.”

Brian Bertacini, president at AppSec Consulting, responded: “Merging with BSI is the natural next step for AppSec Consulting, providing huge opportunities for our clients and employees alike. We’re delighted to benefit from BSI’s global reach and broader range of services, which when combined with our own proven cyber security expertise, will allow us to further expand and flourish.”

There’s a significant global demand for consultancy in the effective management and security of corporate information. The acquisition of AppSec Consulting will support BSI’s expansion of its Professional Services activities in parallel with its existing Knowledge, Assurance and Regulatory Services businesses in the US.

Kerr concluded: “This sector will only grow further as organisations continue to bolster their cyber defences and recognise the opportunities that true resilience can unlock. With AppSec Consulting joining our team, we can offer the full spectrum of information resilience services to mitigate cyber threats and support robust business growth.”

The terms of the acquisition have not been disclosed.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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