Cybersecurity a Flourishing Practice Within the Firm
Big-four cybersecurity consultant, Kevin Wethington (CISSP), will join ATC’s consulting and professional services firm beginning Monday, May 1st. Wethington will serve as a technology advocate and Principal Consultant in Cincinnati, OH, working closely with ATC Cincinnati’s Delta Team—its core consulting group—to serve clients as they navigate through voice, network, cloud, and cybersecurity transformations.
Wethington spent seven years with Deloitte as a Management Consultant, ultimately landing in the Cyber and Strategic Risk practice advising clients on their cybersecurity posture and initiatives. Most recently, he was with Optiv in a similar cybersecurity advisory role.
Attack Surface Grows, Threats Rise and Become More Complex
“More treachery and risk ahead as attack surface and hacker capabilities grow,” reads the headline in this recent Forbes Magazine article. And, according to a recent Deloitte Center for Controllership poll, nearly half (48.8%) of the C-suite expect the number and size of cyber events targeting their organizations’ accounting and financial data to increase in the year ahead.
As technology continues to evolve, the need for businesses to focus more on cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important. Moreover, it’s no secret that cyber-attacks are more frequent and sophisticated than ever. Hackers are no longer targeting just very large organizations. More so than ever, organizations are relying on outside expertise.
“Every conversation we have with clients includes a cybersecurity discussion,” says ATC CTO, Nick Enger. “It makes sense to have a cyber-focused ‘security’ steward of Kevin’s caliber to represent our clients’ best interests. In addition, with the cybersecurity landscape rapidly changing and getting more complicated by the day, we needed a special weapon to assist current and future clients. Adding Kevin to our team will undoubtedly be that special weapon—providing guidance, road-mapping, and advice for ATC’s engagements.”
ATC has experienced ten consecutive record years of growth and, in November of 2021, moved into new offices in Liberty Center (OH). ATC’s unique “trusted advisor” approach and deep expertise have spawned growth and demand in all four of ATC’s core areas, including cybersecurity, more so every day.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to learn ATC’s consulting approach and methodology and couple that with my own experiences working, particularly in cybersecurity and cloud, with clients in the mid-market and enterprise space,” says Wethington. “ATC is a rising star in consulting circles, garnering regional and national praise, and I see many familiar logos on the client roster. I’m looking forward to working with them all.”
Wethington has conducted cybersecurity program reviews for billion-dollar organizations working at the board and C-level. Recent cybersecurity projects have included cyber strategy and road-mapping, security operations assessments, and enterprise resilience: BIA, BC/DR, cyber recovery, ransomware readiness, and cyber wargaming. Wethington also conducted cybersecurity maturity assessments for clients in multiple industries and across various frameworks (NIST CSF, for example).
ATC Tech Summit a Clincher
Wethington recently attended ATC’s Tech Summit in March with 150 other IT leaders, where he witnessed firsthand ATC’s technology marketplace and consulting approach. “The technology showcase and subject matter expertise displayed were impressive,” states Wethington. “It was well coordinated, enthusiastically attended, and most importantly, education based. It was great seeing ATC putting back into the industry and local IT leadership.”
Ironically, Wethington already had a purview into ATC’s practice as a client with a local non-profit, where he served as Executive Director of Finance and IT. Wethington lives in Crescent Springs, KY, and has made Northern Kentucky his home with his wife and family. He enjoys hiking, mountain biking, and reading.
Businesses need to prioritize cybersecurity to protect their data and systems from threat actors. Investing in the right security solutions and services are essential for any business that wants to stay safe and secure in the digital world. Modern businesses must focus on cybersecurity more. ATC—and Kevin— are here to help.