GREENVILLE, S.C. (May 2, 2018) – Elliott Davis, one of the largest accounting, tax and consulting services providers in the Southeast, announces that Brian Kirk has been named practice lead of the firm’s growing Cybersecurity division. He is based in the company’s Greenville headquarters, and will serve clients across the Elliott Davis network of nine offices in four states.

“The need for solutions that mitigate the risk of cyber threats has never been greater,” says Jimmy Buddenberg, director of Elliott Davis’ Risk Advisory and Cybersecurity Practice. “Brian brings more than two decades of experience building, implementing and overseeing cyber security programs for companies in a variety of industries. He’ll use this knowledge to help clients identify vulnerabilities and create strategies to protect their enterprise.”

As the lead for Elliott Davis’ Cybersecurity team, Kirk will partner with organizations to develop and implement comprehensive cybersecurity solutions to safeguard their businesses, as well as their customers’ critical assets and data. He will work with clients to assess and improve their security posture through areas such as security and vulnerability assessments, IT budget and staffing reviews and advisory services associated with technology and sourcing solutions.

“Competition aside, cyber-attacks are now one of the most formidable challenges facing today’s businesses,” says Kirk, who has more than 25 years of IT experience, the last 10 of which were in cybersecurity. “The impact of even a single data breach can be devastating, both to a company’s finances and its reputation. We’ll work with clients to develop tools, policies and procedures that minimize exposure and, enabling them to focus on running their business rather than worrying about a potential cyber-attack.”

Prior to joining Elliott Davis, Kirk most recently served as Chief Information Security Officer for CH2M, a Fortune 500 engineering firm that provides consulting, design, construction and operations services for corporations and federal, state and local governments. In this role, he led the establishment and growth of the company’s Information Security practice and directed all day-to-day information security operational activities for the global organization.

Kirk graduated with a B.S. in computer information systems from Clemson University. He is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and a member of the Information Systems Security Association (ISSA).