PRESS RELEASE: SRA Adds Mamani Older as Director

PRESS RELEASE: SRA Adds Mamani Older as Director

Philadelphia, PA – Security Risk Advisors is proud to announce the recent hire of a new director, Mamani Older of Westchester, NY. Older will serve on SRA’s executive leadership team overseeing the direction and operations of the consulting firm that specializes in providing clients with ethical hacking, cyber defense engineering, compliance, and 24×7 security monitoring and response. SRA’s work is distinguished by its independent perspective, commitment to educating the next generations of cyber security professionals, thought leadership, and diverse client base.

Ms. Older has nearly two decades of information security experience in a vast range of industry disciplines including retail, infrastructure, and finance, and has spent most of her career to date in financial services at BNY Mellon, Citigroup, and Synchrony Financial.

“Mamani brings rich cybersecurity experience to our team, having served in D-CISO, CISO and other leadership roles in financial services, aerospace, and media,” said CEO Tim Wainwright. “She has deep technical acumen and executive presence that will strengthen our client service and strategic direction.”

“I am thrilled to be joining SRA,” Older said. “I have built strong relationships with the SRA team and admire SRA’s leadership philosophy and their dedication to quality. I am happy to be back in consulting, and I look forward to contributing both strategically and technically as the firm grows.”

Older started her career at Deloitte and then PricewaterhouseCoopers, advising both private and public sector organizations. She then moved from consulting to industry, where she established, oversaw, and enhanced cybersecurity programs at BNYMellon, Citigroup, Synchrony Financial, and finally Omnicom Media Group, where she served as CISO.

Most recently, Older was the first Executive Director of Enterprise Architecture at Raytheon Technologies. During her tenure at RTX, Mamani served as the Cyber Lead for Raytheon’s simultaneous divestiture of Carrier and Otis. In the 12 months it took to finalize the spinoff, she supported both companies’ CISOs plan for and establish their security programs while maintaining compliance and operational stability for RTX globally. As Enterprise Architect, Mamani led the deployment of a global DevSecOps platform for the newly merged organization, planned for application transformation across a portfolio of roughly 4200 corporate applications, and launched a digital thread initiative across the company.

Older was born in Kolkata, India. She migrated to the United States as a young girl. Older earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is also a wife and proud mother of three beautiful children. Her most recent “proud mama” moment came when her kids made New York Comic Con’s Twitter feed cosplaying Guardians of the Galaxy.

PRESS RELEASE – SRA Designated as a Distinguished Vendor by TAG Cyber Security

PRESS RELEASE – SRA Designated as a Distinguished Vendor by TAG Cyber Security

Philadelphia, PA – April 16, 2021 – Security Risk Advisors, an industry leader in cyber security consulting and CyberSOC, is proud to announce its designation as a Distinguished Vendor in this year’s Second Quarter 2021 TAG Cyber Security Quarterly.

The TAG Cyber analyst team has selected Security Risk Advisors, along with just 30 other industry-leading cyber security solution providers, to assist with this quarter’s report. The report is available today for free download here.

“It is an honor to be selected by the TAG Cyber team to be included in this edition,” said Tim Wainwright, CEO, of SRA. “The TAG Cyber team works hard to do a deep analysis on solutions providers.” An interview with Tim is featured on page 58 of the Security Quarterly.

“Our clients want to take a threat-driven approach to their security program. This means that they want to refocus on defending against threat actors instead of just pleasing auditors and compliance mandates. I wish there were a stronger intersection but unfortunately that is not the case. Purple Teams aims to simulate threat actor tactics and confirm controls will block or detect as expected. Purple Teams uses MITRE ATT&CK to form the scope and basis of Defense Success Metrics.”

Learn more about SRA’s Purple Team services here.

The Q2 2021 Security Quarterly is part of a quarterly series, launched, first, in September 2016 as an Annual, but transitioning to a Quarterly in January 2021. The report offers expert guidance, analysis, and education across the entire cyber security ecosystem.

“We are proud to feature Security Risk Advisors in this publication,” said Katie Teitler, VP of Research and Advisory at TAG Cyber. “Their support is invaluable to us, and their consulting expertise brings great value to the industry.”

 

About TAG Cyber

TAG Cyber is a trusted cyber security research analyst firm, providing unbiased industry insights and recommendations to security solution providers and Fortune 100 enterprises. Founded in 2016 by Dr. Edward Amoroso, former SVP/CSO of AT&T, the company bucks the trend of pay-for-play research by offering in-depth research, market analysis, consulting, and personalized content based on hundreds of engagements with clients and non-clients alike—all from a former practitioner perspective.

 

PRESS RELEASE – Security Risk Advisors creates scholarships for RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp program

PRESS RELEASE – Security Risk Advisors creates scholarships for RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp program

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Contact: Amanda Larsen | amanda.larsen@sra.io | (401) 743-6926

Security Risk Advisors creates scholarships for RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp program
$25,000 in scholarships available for underrepresented populations looking to enter cyber workforce

Philadelphia – Philadelphia based cybersecurity consulting firm Security Risk Advisors is offering $25,000 in scholarships for underrepresented professionals looking to enter the cyber workforce through RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp program.

The SRA Next Gen Cybersecurity Scholarships will be granted to select participants of RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp — an immersive 15-week training course that prepares people for critical entry-level roles in the cybersecurity workforce. The program aims to help professionals from all backgrounds and abilities set themselves up to transition into an in-demand career.

Security Risk Advisors (SRA) created the five $5,000 scholarships for people with non-traditional backgrounds who are trying to transition into the cybersecurity workforce. This includes, but is not limited to, women, those from single-parent households, minorities, people with non-technical backgrounds and people with disabilities.

“SRA’s goal of building a more diverse cybersecurity community aligns perfectly with the vision of RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp Program and we are proud to offer the SRA Next Gen Cybersecurity Scholarships to underrepresented professionals,” said Tim Wainwright, CEO of SRA.  “As we train the next generation of cybersecurity professionals, we find teammates with nontraditional education backgrounds offer a diverse experience and voice that strengthens our team. We look forward to adding graduates from RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp to team SRA.”

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, more than 21 million Americans have become unemployed. RIT recognized that cybersecurity was one industry still in need of employees across the globe.

“We created this program in order to train these people who need jobs, so they can start a career in a field that is desperately in need of qualified professionals,” said Steve Hoover, executive director of RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute (GCI). “We are very thankful to Security Risk Advisors for their support and helping to build a better, more diverse cybersecurity workforce.”

Registration is open for the next cohort of RIT’s Cybersecurity Bootcamp, which starts Nov. 16. Participants must enroll by Nov. 13. Apply now on the Cybersecurity Bootcamp website for more information.

Learners who pass the program’s skills-based assessment will be issued an RIT Global Cybersecurity Institute Cybersecurity Bootcamp Certificate that they can put on their resume. Participants will have access to job search assistance through RIT. Upon completion, they will be prepared to take on entry-level roles as a cyber technician, cyber incident responder, cyber investigator and an IT auditor.

Security Risk Advisors delivers technology security services and provides cybersecurity expertise to Fortune and Global 1,000 companies. SRA is committed to training the next generation of cyber professionals, and that support goes beyond hiring and mentoring teammates. SRA sponsors collegiate cybersecurity clubs at regional and national competitions. As part of its commitment to closing the gap of underrepresented populations in the tech industry, SRA hosts an annual Women’s Networking Night for college women to connect with female leaders in cybersecurity, sponsors women in tech groups, and has a partnership with the Girl Scouts to help scouts earn their cybersecurity badge. The company has offices in Philadelphia, Pa., Rochester N.Y. and Kilkenny, Ireland.

The bootcamp and the Cyber Range are just part of RIT’s Global Cybersecurity Institute, which is expected to fully open in 2021. The new three-story facility will allow RIT to conduct more groundbreaking research, education and professional training and development.

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Rochester Institute of Technology is home to leading creators, entrepreneurs, innovators and researchers. Founded in 1829, RIT enrolls 18,600 students in more than 200 career-oriented and professional programs, making it among the largest private universities in the U.S.

The university is internationally recognized and ranked for academic leadership in business, computing, engineering, imaging science, liberal arts, sustainability, and fine and applied arts. RIT also offers unparalleled support services for deaf and hard-of-hearing students. The cooperative education program is one of the oldest and largest in the nation. Global partnerships include campuses in China, Croatia, Dubai and Kosovo.

Security Risk Advisors (SRA) is a Philadelphia-based boutique cybersecurity consulting firm that emphasizes training and knowledge transfer to our clients, to help them sustain strengthened security management processes. SRA’s consulting services include ethical hacking, purple teaming, risk assessments, compliance, engineering, and managed detection and response. SRA contributes to industry thought leadership by developing free software for the security community. SRA’s work is distinguished by an independent perspective, commitment to educating the next generations of cyber security professionals, thought leadership, and a Fortune 1,000 client base. SRA was founded in 2010 and has grown to more than 175 team members with offices in Philadelphia, Pa., Rochester N.Y. and Kilkenny, Ireland.

PRESS RELEASE – Security Risk Advisors Announces Expansion in Philadelphia and a New Office in Rochester, NY

PRESS RELEASE – Security Risk Advisors Announces Expansion in Philadelphia and a New Office in Rochester, NY

 

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Contact: Amanda Larsen | amanda.larsen@sra.io | (401) 743-6926

 

 

SECURITY RISK ADVISORS ANNOUNCES EXPANSION IN PHILADELPHIA AND A NEW OFFICE IN ROCHESTER, NY

Cybersecurity and Risk Management Consulting Company Experiencing Company and Employee Growth

 

Philadelphia, Pa – Security Risk Advisors announced the company’s Philadelphia office expansion and a new office location in Rochester, NY. Security Risk Advisors (SRA), a cybersecurity and risk management consulting company, has been based in Philadelphia since its founding in 2010. In the last 9 years the company has grown from 4 teammates to over 140, and the business has grown an average of 20% each year.

The founders of Security Risk Advisors, all from the Philly area, started the company as a virtual organization. In 2017, their strategy to grow by mentoring a larger number of University hires led to the decision to open a physical office in Philadelphia at 1760 Market Street. In the two years since SRA opened the Market Street office, it outgrew the space. This spring, SRA expanded to another floor in the same building with room for an additional 25 employees.

Managing Director Tim Wainwright said, “We love the energy and resources here in Philly, but what keeps us here is the amazing info security talent coming from the local academic institutions. An integral part of our hiring strategy is to hire campus talent and train them to be dynamic consultants. As they grow, we work hard to make SRA a wonderful place for on-going mentorship, technical and professional development.”

The success of the office in Philadelphia led to the decision to open a new office in Rochester, NY. Like the Philadelphia Region, western NY has excellent academic institutions and students. SRA will continue to create jobs in both areas and keep tech talent in the regions. The office in Rochester was established with the support of the Empire Development Corporation, Greater Rochester Enterprise, and Monroe County.

Director Mike Pinch, Rochester Office, said, “We are proud to establish an office in Rochester, NY. The cybersecurity talent pool in Rochester is outstanding. The proximity to top colleges and industry leading companies, in addition to the quality of life in Western New York made the decision to open our second office in Rochester an easy one. Security Risk Advisors looks forward to remarkable success delivering world-class consulting services, contributing high-quality cybersecurity thought leadership, and developing the next generation of security professionals here in Rochester.”

SRA consistently recruits and hires from the outstanding tech programs in the Philadelphia and western NY regions. Graduates from Penn State, Drexel, Temple, and IT Works in Philadelphia, and the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), Union and the University of Rochester in Western NY have succeeded at SRA. SRA’s support of growing the next generations of cyber professionals goes beyond hiring and mentoring teammates. SRA is currently sponsoring the Drexel CyberDragons and RITSEC, the cybersecurity club at RIT. As part of their commitment to closing the gap of underrepresented populations in the tech industry, SRA hosts an annual Women’s Networking Night for college women to connect with female leaders in cybersecurity. SRA also has a partnership with the Girl Scouts of Southeastern PA to help scouts earn their cybersecurity badge and introduce them to jobs in cybersecurity.

Security Risk Advisors provides cybersecurity expertise to its clients with a focus on the Fortune and Global 1000. Consulting services include ethical hacking, risk assessments, compliance, engineering, and managed detection and response. The forward-thinking company contributes to industry thought leadership by developing free software, mentoring students, and sponsoring cyber competitions and women-in-cyber conferences.

 

PRESS RELEASE – Empire State Development Announces Investment in Security Risk Advisors Move to Rochester

PRESS RELEASE – Empire State Development Announces Investment in Security Risk Advisors Move to Rochester

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Contact:
Shari Voorhees-Vincent | Shari.Voorhees-Vincent@esd.ny.gov | (585) 399-7055
Press Office | pressoffice@esd.ny.gov | (800) 260-7313

 

EMPIRE STATE DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES INVESTMENT IN SECURITY RISK ADVISORS MOVE TO ROCHESTER


Cybersecurity and Risk Management Consulting Company Set to Open Office at Culver Road Armory

State Investment Complements “Finger Lakes Forward” – The Region’s Comprehensive Strategy to Revitalize Communities and Grow the Economy

 

Empire State Development (ESD) today announced its investment in cybersecurity and risk management consulting company Security Risk Advisors (SRA). ESD has offered up to $900,000 through the Excelsior Jobs program to aid the successful company with its move to the City of Rochester, Monroe County. Because of the support from New York State, the company plans to create up to 67 new jobs in the region over the next five years. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Security Risk Advisors will open an office at the Culver Road Armory where it plans to be operational in the fall.  The total project cost has been placed at a little more than $11.5 million. Monroe County, the City of Rochester and Greater Rochester Enterprise are also assisting with the project.

Empire State Development President, CEO & Commissioner Howard Zemsky said, “Security Risk Advisors has recognized the Finger Lakes region as a growing high-tech hub for the cybersecurity industry, with a highly skilled talent pool that is drawing cutting-edge companies to Rochester to create 21st century jobs.”

Founded in 2010, Security Risk Advisors began by using a virtual office model. In 2017, their strategy to grow by mentoring a larger number of University hires led to the decision to open their headquarters in Philadelphia.  Security Risk Advisors decided to open its first New York State location in the City of Rochester due to the large, local talent pool available via the Finger Lakes regions’ 19 renowned colleges and universities.

Security Risk Advisors Director Mike Pinch said, “We are proud to partner with Empire State Development, Greater Rochester Enterprise, the City of Rochester and Monroe County to establish our office in Rochester. Our talent development program starts with students, and the cybersecurity talent pool in Rochester is second to none. The proximity to top colleges and industry leading companies, in addition to the quality of life in Western New York made the decision to open our second office in Rochester an easy one. Security Risk Advisors looks forward to great success delivering world-class consulting services, contributing high-quality cybersecurity thought leadership, and developing the next generation of security professionals here in Rochester.”

Security Risk Advisors provides cybersecurity expertise to its clients with a focus on the Fortune and Global 1000. Their services include ethical hacking, risk assessments, compliance, engineering, and managed detection and response. The forward-thinking company contributes to industry thought leadership by developing free software, mentoring students and sponsoring cyber competitions and women-in-cyber conferences.

State Senator Rich Funke said, “Any time a business relocates to our area or invests additional capital here it’s a good day. Security Risk Advisors is a cutting-edge company with a much needed 21st century mission. I’m so pleased that they will call the Finger Lakes home.”

State Assembly Member Harry Bronson said, “The Finger Lakes regional economy is becoming a leader in cybersecurity and the high-tech fields that will define our 21st century economy. I am pleased to see Security Risk Advisors recognize the pipeline of highly skilled workers in the Rochester community, and applaud them for bringing new jobs to the 138th Assembly District. I also want to applaud Governor Cuomo and the team at Empire State Development for the incredible work they do in moving the Finger Lakes forward.”

Rochester Mayor Lovely A. Warren said, “I want to congratulate and thank Security Risk Advisors for making the decision to move to Rochester and utilize our highly skilled workforce. I am also grateful to Governor Cuomo and Empire State Development for always working to retain and create jobs in Rochester through Finger Lakes Forward. Together, we are advancing towards our mission of creating more jobs, safer, more vibrant neighborhoods and better educational opportunities for Rochester’s citizens.”

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo said, “Monroe County is home to an experienced workforce, top tier higher education institutions, and a rapidly growing tech sector. We’re thrilled to welcome Security Risk Advisors to our community and we look forward to continuing to work with them to create more jobs in the years to come. This investment is proof that Monroe County is open for business!”

Matt Hurlbutt, President & CEO, Greater Rochester Enterprise said, “We are pleased that Security Risk Advisors will open a new office here and leverage the Greater Rochester, NY region’s highly skilled workforce and low cost of doing business. When it comes to cybersecurity, the Greater Rochester, NY region has the top-tier tech talent and leading-edge R&D assets at RIT and University of Rochester that companies such as SRA need to grow.”

 

Accelerating Finger Lakes Forward

Today’s announcement complements “Finger Lakes Forward,” the region’s comprehensive blueprint to generate robust economic growth and community development. The State has already invested more than $6.1 billion in the region since 2012 to lay the groundwork for the plan – investing in key industries including photonics, agriculture‎ and food production, and advanced manufacturing. Today, unemployment is down to the lowest levels since before the Great Recession; personal and corporate income taxes are down; and businesses are choosing places like Rochester, Batavia and Canandaigua as a destination to grow and invest in.

Now, the region is accelerating Finger Lakes Forward with a $500 million State investment through the Upstate Revitalization Initiative, announced by Governor Cuomo in December 2015. The State’s $500 million investment will incentivize private business to invest well over $2.5 billion – and the region’s plan, as submitted, projects up to 8,200 new jobs. More information is available here.

 

 

PRESS RELEASE – Security Risk Advisors Teammates Chose Non-profits to Receive $120,000 of Donations in 2018

PRESS RELEASE – Security Risk Advisors Teammates Chose Non-profits to Receive $120,000 of Donations in 2018

Philadelphia —Security Risk Advisors (SRA), a Philadelphia-based cybersecurity consulting firm, is proud to report that our teammates chose the 78 non-profit organizations to receive $120,000 of SRA’s charitable giving in 2018. One of SRA values is ‘It’s Personal’. As a result, SRA allows teammates to direct its charitable giving to organizations they are passionate about. Over the course of the year, SRA gave $1,000 on behalf of each teammate to a charity of their choice and then matched the teammates’ additional giving up to another $1,000.

“At SRA we want to foster a culture of generosity, helping our team members develop what we hope will be life-long habits of giving back to our communities.  We’ve made it easy and engaging by letting them choose where the money goes.,” said founder and Managing Director Tim Wainwright. “We’ve seen excitement from team members already engaged in personal giving that they could now do even more for their causes, and we’ve seen other individuals get to know about great charities from their teammates, and in turn direct more giving there.”

Started in 2010, Security Risk Advisors specializes in providing clients with ethical hacking, cyber defense engineering, compliance, and 24×7 security monitoring and response. The company’s headquarters are at 18th and Market Streets in Center City, and its work is distinguished by an independent perspective, commitment to educating the next generations of cyber security professionals, thought leadership, and a Fortune 500 client base. In eight years, SRA has grown to over 125 employees with an energetic co-op and intern program.