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technology meets security
Our approach allows our clients to make informed decisions about their information security programs and effectively secure what matters most.

The Lares team comprises extensively trained and highly experienced information security professionals who are dedicated to providing a comprehensive approach to organizational information security. Our approach allows our clients to make informed decisions about their information security programs and effectively "secure what matters most."

To stay ahead of the curve of threats and provide the highest level of service to our customers, all Lares engineers are required to meet baseline standards of performing work in the information security field for more then 8 years before joining the team. In addition, all members of the staff hold active CISSP certifications as well as many of the certifications listed below.

  • Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
  • Certified Information Security Auditor (CISA)
  • BS7799 Lead Auditor Accreditation (BS7799) (*Applies for auditing to ISO 17799 and 27001/2 standards)
  • NSA Infosec. Assessment Methodology (NSA IAM/IEM)
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
  • Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE+I)
  • Checkpoint Certified System Engineer (CCSA/CCSE)
  • Certified Sidewinder Firewall Administrator (CCSE)
  • Netscreen Certified Security Associate (NCSE)
  • ASIS Physical Security Professional (PSP™)


Chris Nickerson
Founder, Principal Security Consultant


Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) whose main area of expertise is focused on Information security and Social Engineering in order to help companies better defend and protect their critical data and key information systems. He has created a blended methodology to assess, implement, and manage information security realistically and effectively. At Lares, Chris leads a team of security consultants who conduct Security Risk Assessments, which can cover everything from penetration testing and vulnerability assessments, to policy design, computer forensics, Social Engineering, Red Team Testing and regulatory compliance.

Professional Experience

  • Manager Information Security Services-Alternative Technology.
  • Senior Associate/Auditor for SOX audit programs-KPMG.
  • Senior Information Security Compliance Manager-Sprint.
  • Senior Security Architect-Sprint.
  • Senior Network/Security Engineer-Shook, Hardy & Bacon.
Eric M. Smith
Senior Partner, Principal Security Consultant

CISSP, CISA, CCSA, CCNA, B.Sc. Information Security Systems

Highly qualified, trained, and certified Ethical Hacker with over 12 years of experience in the IT/IS industry. In depth focus on helping companies to design, implement, and improve their security controls resulting in better protection of their critical information assets. Well versed in a variety of Risk Assessment services helping clients to meet compliance with local laws, government regulations, and corporate initiatives. Experienced in network and application level vulnerability assessments, penetration testing, social engineering, wireless audits, architecture review, system hardening, and policy/ procedural development.

Professional Experience

  • Senior Security Consultant-Alternative Technology.
  • Senior Security Analyst-Equifax.
  • Senior Network Security Consultant-International Network Services.
  • Senior Information Security Engineer-GE Power Systems.
  • Information Security Engineer-Bellsouth.

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Vulnerability Assessment

Penetration Testing

Social Engineering

Application Security Assessment

Risk Assessment

Business Impact Analysis (BIA)

Disaster Recovery Planning/Testing

Policy & Procedure Assessment/Creation

Physical Security Assessment/Red Team Testing


Forensics and Incident Response

Threat Mitigation

Insider Threat Assessment

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