CEO Letter: September 1, 2015
In late 2012 we set out to differentiate TrustCC from our competition when it comes to penetration testing. For years we had felt we were technically strong but our methodology just wasn’t realistic enough. Since we have become well-known for performing penetration testing in a manner that best simulates a real attack AND best evaluates incident detection and response.
TrustCC is also known for tight relationships with financial institution regulatory agencies. These relationships give us an advantage when helping our clients understand and comply with their compliance responsibilities.
When approached by CLA in mid-2015 we realized that our firms had tremendous synergy. Combined, TrustCC and CLA’s ISSG team will comprise 60 skilled and experienced professionals dedicated to serving financial institutions, healthcare and private/public sector companies.
The merger brings many advantages to TrustCC clients.
- More capabilities: Our clients will benefit from our ability to perform PCI-DSS testing, computer forensics, compliance reviews (think BSA, lending and more), and enhanced social engineering and penetration testing.
- A deeper bench: Our combined team is about 60 professionals strong. With this larger team we can be more responsive to the immediate needs of our clients.
- Reporting enhancements: TrustCC's reporting is superior to most competitors but we've found that CLA's technical reporting is a step up. CLA has invested in a technical reporting engine that combines input from various tools and results in superior technical reporting.
- Broader reputation: While TrustCC is very well known to your regulators and auditors, CLA is even better known. The net result is a "stronger bond of trust" that comes from being well known and reputable.
All TrustCC personnel are joining CLA including TrustCC’s founder, Tom Schauer. Tom will be a Principal in the firm. The merger will be largely transparent for the first 4 to 5 months as “Legacy TrustCC” staff continue to serve “Legacy TrustCC” clients.
Starting in 2016, CLA and “Legacy TrustCC” clients will benefit from the best practices and capabilities of each firm. We have several client service initiatives under way that will further separate CLA from its competition.
We owe our success to our clients and our dedicated team. Thank you!
Tom Schauer; CEO
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