By John Moore  |  Posted 2007-03-09 Print this article Print

An outside consultant can bring fresh insights on a company's security practices. Make sure you establish ground rules first.

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Who’s Who in Security Services
Big Four auditors Offer information-technology security reviews, drawing on their background in auditing and management advisory services. Deloitte & Touche, Ernst & Young, KPMG, PricewaterhouseCoopers
Systems integrators A number of integrators operate security consulting practices or embed security within broader service lines. Accenture, BearingPoint, Computer Sciences Corp., Electronic Data Systems, IBM
Security/risk consultants Offer security consulting services including computer forensics. Kroll, Protiviti
Security product vendors Security product vendors may offer services ranging from penetration testing to security posture assessment. Cenzic, Core Security, RSA Security
Managed security services providers Remotely manage security devices such as firewalls and intrusion detection systems, but may also offer security assessments. AT&T, BT Counterpane, CyberTrust, SecureOps, SecureWorks, Symantec, Vanguard Managed Solutions, VeriSign
Testing and certification companies Certify that organizations comply with I.T. security standards such as ISO 27001. BSI Americas, Intertek, SGS

John writes the Contract Watch column and his own column for the Channel Insider.

John has covered the information-technology industry for 15 years, focusing on government issues, systems integrators, resellers and channel activities. Prior to working with Channel Insider, he was an editor at Smart Partner, and a department editor at Federal Computer Week, a newspaper covering federal information technology. At Federal Computer Week, John covered federal contractors and compiled the publication's annual ranking of the market's top 25 integrators. John also was a senior editor in the Washington, D.C., bureau of Computer Systems News.


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