Your trusted partner.

For the security practitioner caught between rapidly evolving threats and demanding executives, IANS is a clear-headed resource for decision making and articulating risk. We help CISOs and their teams protect their IP because digital risks are now business risks. As your trusted partner on the information security journey, we deliver unbiased, practical advice and the ability to speak with professionals who understand your challenges.

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End-User Decision Support is our flagship offering delivered through an annual subscription service designed for CISOs and their teams. IANS connects you with independent experts and practitioners who have ‘been there, seen it, and done it,’ enabling you to accelerate your capabilities and make informed decisions. 

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Ask-An-Expert

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Ask-An-Expert

We connect you with the right IANS Faculty member who can answer your questions in a one-one-one call or written report. They'll share a point of view on a product or technology, provide recommendations for action, and help you come to a decision.

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Content Aggregator

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Content Aggregator

Stop searching for content. We've curated it for you. We vet the most relevant third-party InfoSec content, then format it in PowerPoint to make it easy to repurpose.

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Executive Communications

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Executive Communications

How do you speak intelligently with executives and board members who aren't fluent in security lingo? Covering InfoSec topics from key news publications, IANS uses business language to help you brief the C-suite, the board, and key internal stakeholders.

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Tools & Templates

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Tools & Templates

Get started quickly on a variety of common information security initiatives. Our tools, toolkits, templates, checklists, matrices, and maps provide the practical support you need to build your action plan.

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Insights Portal

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Insights Portal

IANS Decision Support clients have access to the Insights Portal, a resource with content organized by topic and product type. The portal includes Faculty Reports, Ask-An-Expert writeups, Topic Guides and Webinars. Here you can also access Tools and Templates, Executive Communications materials, and Content Aggregator slides.

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We work with you to shape engagements and provision them with the right IANS Faculty experts. Your project will never be staffed with junior level consultants. Our expertise is built from hands-on experience. We staff your project with doers who recommend actions, and then help you take them.

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Active Defense

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Active Defense

Test controls while improving detection and response with simulated attacker, purple team, and threat hunting engagements.

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Penetration Testing

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Penetration Testing

Gain knowledge of what an attacker can do by taking advantage of current vulnerabilities through network, web, and mobile application testing.

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Security Assessments

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Security Assessments

Understand what’s working well and what needs attention with comprehensive review of technical controls in place, governance, and process along with a roadmap of recommended action.

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Training & Keynotes

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Training & Keynotes

Increase skills and understanding through tailored, hands-on training of your IT and security staff.

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Our events feature IANS Faculty members who offer a breadth of in-the-weeds advice and high-level guidance for the entire security team. Designed for you to engage with like-minded security professionals in a supportive environment, you’ll learn from a variety of industry approaches and use cases.

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CISO Roundtables

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CISO Roundtables

Get out of the trenches and prepare for interactions with the C-suite at these executive-only one-day sessions.

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Forums

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Forums

Bring your security team, network with like-minded security practitioners, and join keynote presentations and IANS Faculty breakouts.

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Symposiums

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Symposiums

Immerse yourself on a specific technical or operational topic. Attend our half-day comprehensive deep dives.

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Webinars

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Webinars

Don't miss a beat. Tune in to monthly topical sessions led by IANS Faculty members.

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The Secret Trait of Fortune 500 CISOs

What's the single biggest factor in a CISO candidate getting hired for a coveted Fortune 500 or government position? IANS CEO Phil Gardner recently posted this question to five of InfoSec's top executive recruiters, and they all came back with the same answer.

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How you benefit.

We help CISOs and their teams make well-informed decisions. Our insights come from IANS Faculty practitioners, who are living your challenges and deliver deep-domain, actionable advice on a wide range of security topics.

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    Paul Hypki

    Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota

    We're wired into the security community.

    With close to 100 end-user security events annually, we are unmatched in the level of peer-to-peer interaction we offer our clients. We provide a safe environment to network, share experiences and discuss challenges.

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    Paul Hypki

    Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota

    IT governance management professional with strong business acumen, employing a pragmatic and consultative approach. Risk and controls experience rests on a foundation of solid experience within corporate IT. Leveraged collaboration skills to involve all silos of the company, including legal, CFO, customer service, business operations and information technology, to promote management awareness and facilitate remediation efforts. Motivated by the challenge of identifying opportunities to significantly improve and streamline business operations, while working effectively with the business stakeholders responsible for implementing the process improvement or controls 

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    John Strand

    IANS Faculty

    Our Faculty are in the trenches.

    IANS Faculty members are expert information security practitioners. Their insights are based on real-world experiences. They understand the key issues you face and deliver actionable recommendations, research, and step-by-step guidance.

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    John Strand

    IANS Faculty

    John is the Owner of Black Hills Information Security (BHIS), and has both consulted and taught hundreds of organizations in the areas of security, regulatory compliance, and penetration testing. John is also an instructor and course author of BlackHat's "Active Defense, Offensive Countermeasures, and Hacking Back" and the SANS Institute's "Hacker Tools, Techniques, Exploits and Incident Handling" classes. John is co-author of the" Offensive Countermeasures: The Art of Active Defense" book and is a contributor to the industry shaping Penetration Testing Execution Standard and 20 Critical Controls frameworks. He leads the Hunt Teaming, Command & Control (C2)/Data Exfiltration and Pivot testing development at BHIS. He is a dynamic speaker at conferences worldwide. In his spare time, he co-hosts the Hack Naked TV and Security Weekly podcasts.

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    Janet Oren

    Legg Mason

    We focus exclusively on security.

    Security is all we do, and it always has been. What matters to the CISO and team matters to us. We specialize in providing in-depth knowledge and practical insights you can use both with your team and when interacting with the C-suite.

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    Janet Oren

    Legg Mason

    Janet Oren leads global cybersecurity initiatives at Legg Mason Global Asset Management. Her career path includes 32 years at the National Security Agency (NSA) where she was responsible for the protection of classified information and other cybersecurity standards. She on large weapon systems; wrote national encryption policy; and was the senior cybersecurity representative in the NSA’s 24-hour watch center. In between NSA and Legg Mason, she was a managing director at PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Our Faculty

This group of over 50 hands-on practitioners understands the key issues you face and delivers actionable recommendations, research, and step-by-step guidance on achieving fast and successful results.

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