OpenSky Announces Governance, Risk and Compliance Practice to Help Enterprises Effectively Implement and Benefit from GRC Initiatives

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IT Consulting Firm Hires Iron Mountain Security Veteran and Expert Peter Ridgley to Lead GRC Practice

We initiated our GRC practice with the understanding that effectively implementing GRC initiatives and accomplishing desired ROI requires business as well as technical expertise." - Roger Levasseur, CEO of OpenSky Corporation

OpenSky Corporation, an IT consulting firm with industry-leading expertise in Infrastructure Services, IT Risk Management and Security, and Technical Business Consulting, announced the creation of a Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) consulting practice to help enterprises realize ROI from GRC initiatives, improve internal controls and risk management practices, and satisfy regulatory requirements. Additionally, the consulting firm announced it has named security industry veteran Peter Ridgley as National Practice Lead to build and deliver GRC services.

According to Forrester Research Predictions for GRC in 2011, an optimal GRC framework should be proactive rather than reactive, focusing on process improvement, loss mitigation, and strategic decision support rather than reacting to short-term regulatory pressures and risk concerns. “GRC is most often narrowly associated with the management of financial and IT controls; however, the framework may take many forms,” said Chris McClean, Senior Analyst at Forrester. “The more complicated the program, the more likely it is to need GRC services to improve it.”

“Companies consistently struggle with the challenges of automating their processes, reducing risk and improving compliance in their organizations,” said Roger Levasseur, President and Chief Executive Officer at OpenSky. “These hurdles typically drive significant operational costs for companies and consume countless IT resources to ensure security and minimize vulnerabilities to the business. We initiated our GRC practice with the understanding that effectively implementing GRC initiatives and accomplishing desired ROI requires business as well as technical expertise. OpenSky is bringing customers our unique blend of Business Consulting, deep technology and security expertise, and GRC experience united with best-of-breed products to risk and compliance cost effectively so our customers can focus on managing their business.”

The OpenSky GRC practice will leverage EMC’s RSA/Archer eGRC Platform as the foundation for delivering tailored GRC solutions to meet a variety of customer needs. Enterprises need trusted advisors like OpenSky to support GRC tool implementation in order to get people working together to effectively design, integrate and manage these systems.

“OpenSky uniquely understands the importance of a GRC practice which encompasses what is currently represented in the market as eGRC and ITGRC,” said Peter Ridgley, OpenSky GRC National Practice Lead. “Our service is built on the belief that companies require not only industry leading GRC tools but also expert business process consultants to effectively support the organization in fully realizing the benefits of their GRC initiatives. We are building a strong team of incredibly talented GRC consultants with Financial, Insurance, Healthcare, and Pharmaceutical Industry experience. These experts maintain Information Security Certifications including: CISSP, CISM, CISA, CGEIT, CRISC as well as Archer Certified Professional (ACP) qualifications.”

Peter joins OpenSky as a 13-year security industry veteran with extensive domain expertise. Most recently, he was vice president of Information Security at Iron Mountain, where he led his team of security professionals using EMC’s RSA Archer eGRC Platform to manage its risk, winning the RSA Archer Best In Class awards two years running. Peter also holds key security certifications from the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) and the International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium, Inc., (ISC)²®. He is also an RSA Archer eGRC Certified Professional (ACP).

About OpenSky Professional Services

OpenSky Professional Services provides information technology expertise to help global corporations reduce IT costs, protect information assets and accelerate the adoption of strategic technologies.

OpenSky is distinguished from others by extensive technology expertise combined with deep industry experience. OpenSky specializes in Infrastructure Services; IT Risk Management and Security; Technical Business Consulting, and Governance, Risk and Compliance.

OpenSky has successfully delivered over 100 projects to Fortune 500 companies. Proven methodologies ensure a focused, consistent, project-based approach on every engagement. OpenSky maintains a business-centric perspective and believes that aligning premier technology partnerships with vendor-neutrality are critical and ensure the best solutions for clients.

OpenSky is headquartered in New England with offices in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southwest, and South Central United States. OpenSky believes that a highly experienced and qualified IT consultancy plays a valuable part in the design, optimization and security of IT and business assets.

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