Looking Glass Systems Launches World Class Professional Services Division

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With the acquisition of industry-leading security experts from Foundstone and Special Ops Security, Looking Glass Professional Services is poised to dominate the information security and vulnerability assessment industry.

Looking Glass Systems, an emerging competitor in enterprise security management technology, today announced the successful launch of their new Professional Services division.

"Special Ops Security is highly sought after for their security expertise, have authored over a dozen published books on information security, and have experience working with 48 of the Fortune 500. This acquisition uniquely positions Looking Glass Systems to offer the complete spectrum of Information Security Consulting Services," said Looking Glass Systems CEO Ray Hicks. "Strategically, it makes perfect sense--our teams compliment each other in such a way that together we can deliver the total package."

Looking Glass Professional Services is led by the founders of Special Ops Security, an industry leader in penetration testing and vulnerability assessment services. Their addition will strengthen LGS' consulting capabilities which will benefit our existing and future government, defense and commercial customers. This newly formed division will specialize in highly focused tactical and strategic security engagements that empirically discover and demonstrate the defensibility of an organization's current security posture.

While Looking Glass Systems has historically been very strong in the Government space, the team from Special Ops Security brings with them a proven track record of success with commercial engagements in banking, insurance, aerospace, education, and healthcare industries. "Security-savvy customers must do more today than just watch activity logs," said Erik Pace Birkholz, who now serves as President of Looking Glass Systems. "They must quantify and manage their information security risk at an enterprise-level by centralizing network vulnerability and configuration control data collected by multiple assessment tools. LGS' technology facilitates the convergence of people, process and technology which I believe is the path to successful enterprise security risk management," said Birkholz.

The Special Ops Security team members are successful published authors with over a dozen works including the internationally best selling Hacking Exposed: Network Security Secrets & Solutions and their namesake publication, SPECIAL OPS: Host and Network Security for Microsoft, UNIX and Oracle. Birkholz, founder of Special Ops Security, gained his expertise at KPMG, Ernst & Young, Internet Security Systems (ISS), and as a charter member of Foundstone up until its acquisition by McAfee in October 2004. Steven Andres, co-founder and CTO of Special Ops Security, served as Director of Technical Operations for Foundstone and during his tenure created the award-winning FS1000 security appliance platform and is a named inventor of the patent-pending Threat Intelligence Correlation Technology that is core to the Foundstone Enterprise Risk Management System.

About Looking Glass Systems

Looking Glass Systems, LLC is a privately held and funded IT Security Products and Services Company established in September of 2004, and headquartered in Boulder, Colorado. Its founders, Raymond Hicks and Jeff Ahlerich, have over 20 years of combined IT Security experience in both public and private sectors. Prior to Looking Glass Systems, Hicks and Ahlerich were employed at Northrop Grumman where they designed, implemented, and managed the IT Security architecture and Operations Center for the Department of Homeland Security. For more information visit our web site at http://www.lgsystems.net or contact us at 888-LOOK-001.

About Special Ops Security

Headquartered in Orange County, California, Special Ops Security, Inc. is a privately held and independently funded company that meets the growing demand for expert security services such as vulnerability assessment and penetration testing. We are committed to delivering tactical and strategic solutions that optimize the people, processes and technology that protect your data. For more information visit our web site at http://www.SpecialOpsSecurity.com or contact us at 888-R-U-OWNED.

Contact Information

For Looking Glass Systems, LLC    

Nicole DeMond                        


1048 Pearl Street, Suite 200        

Boulder, Colorado 80302                

For Special Ops Security, Inc.

Michele Cohn


2727 Newport Blvd, Suite 210

Newport Beach, California 92663


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