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Ari Teal



Professional Overview

As cybersecurity consulting manager, Ari works with customers to analyze and improve their security posture through security assessments and compliance reviews. Ari has over 20 years of experience in compliance, working for the courts and legal system and in HMO compliance. Over the last 8 years, she has focused on cybersecurity and privacy, serving in IT security and privacy roles in various government sectors including criminal justice, transportation, public safety, and public administration. With her diverse background in compliance, privacy, and cybersecurity, she assists organizations in the development of protocols, policies, and security plans to help them protect their assets. Before joining Elliott Davis, Ari was a deputy chief information security officer for the State of South Carolina. 

Education, Credentials and Special Training

  • Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
  • Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA)
  • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO)
  • Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)
  • GIAC Information Security Professional (GISP)
  • Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM)
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP/US)
  • Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP)
  • MS, Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Western Governors University
  • BS, Business Administration, Limestone College

Professional Affiliations

  • Women in CyberSecurity (WiCyS)
  • UofSC IIT Advisory Board
  • 2018-2020 Board Member of SC eGovernment Oversight Committee
  • Past Member of SC Critical Infrastructure Cyber Task Force
  • Past SLED Cyber Liaison Officer (CLO)
  • Past Member of SC IT Directors Association


Consulting & Advisory

Cybersecurity and Data Privacy

Cybersecurity Consulting

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification

Payment Card Industry Compliance