Accuvant Significantly Enhances Security Assessment Services with Launch of New Research and Development Division

DENVER – July 27, 2009 - Accuvant, the nation's premier information security and risk and compliance management consulting firm, today announced that it has enhanced its security assessment service offerings with the launch of a new research and development division led by Alex Wheeler and Ryan Smith, two of the industry’s leading security researchers. The company has also renamed its assessment practice “Accuvant Labs” to emphasize the group’s ability to provide an array of strategic and tactical services that include penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, reverse engineering, advanced security research and exploit development.

“Accuvant’s assessment group, now called Accuvant Labs, has long been committed to helping organizations address the rising complexities and volume of security threats,” said Bill Strub, Accuvant’s vice president of consulting. “We are extremely pleased to have Alex Wheeler and Ryan Smith on board, both of whom will augment our team with their industry insight and unique skill sets. We are highly confident that their contributions in terms of vulnerability research and tool development will enhance our already robust assessment methodologies.”

Since 2002, Accuvant’s assessment services team has helped hundreds of organizations, including those in the financial, insurance, healthcare, gaming, manufacturing and retail industries, test the effectiveness of their existing IT security controls, identify deficiencies that could put the organization at risk, and improve the overall security of enterprise assets. With the addition of a research and development division, the assessment team will be able to proactively develop solutions that address security threats before they impact businesses.

“As a comprehensive information security solutions provider with a focus on professional information security services, testing, research and analysis, Accuvant is well positioned to meet our customers’ end-to-end security needs,” added Strub. “We strive to be the leader in information security services and today’s announcement further demonstrates our commitment to this space.”

Alex Wheeler, who previously managed the DVLabs security research group at TippingPoint, a global provider of network security solutions, has joined the company as director of advanced research and development. In this newly created role, Wheeler will lead vulnerability research and exploit remediation efforts for Accuvant Labs. Wheeler brings broad experience in reverse engineering and penetration testing to the position, cultivated through years of extensive static analysis of binary code in widespread security and networking technologies, including x86-, ARM- and MIPS-based processor architectures.

Ryan Smith, previously with VeriSign’s iDefense team, has joined the company as principle research scientist. In this role, Smith will be responsible for consulting, tool development, vulnerability research and exploit development. Smith, whose background is in software security and reverse engineering, has completed major research in vulnerability discovery, exploitation techniques, reverse-compilation and anti-anti-debugging. Vendors have credited Smith with the discovery of numerous vulnerabilities in server software, P2P applications, Web browser technology, anti-virus software and compression programs.

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Accuvant is the nation's premier national information security and risk and compliance management consulting firm. Accuvant security advisors use industry expertise and proven methodologies to help large enterprises assess their environments, improve their compliance postures, and secure their infrastructures. Headquartered in Denver, Accuvant has 21 offices across the United States. For more information on Accuvant, please visit