BSI expands its Cybersecurity and Information Resilience offering to the US


BSI, the business improvement company, today announced the acquisition of AppSec Consulting – a cybersecurity and information resilience (CSIR) company – located in San Jose, California. This will see AppSec Consulting become a key part of BSI’s CSIR offering and will operate under the name “AppSec Consulting – a BSI Professional Services Company”.

The acquisition of AppSec Consulting further strengthens BSI’s CSIR services in the United States – one of the key markets that is leading the development and implementation of information and cybersecurity best practice. Globally, BSI is fast becoming one of the leading providers of CSIR services in several key areas including cybersecurity, information management, data privacy, eDiscovery and forensics, employee security awareness and training alongside the compliance and testing services provided by BSI’s accredited laboratories. AppSec Consulting’s wide range of services are an excellent match to those offered by the existing BSI CSIR team in the UK and Ireland, ensuring a strengthened, rounded offering for our clients who operate in both the US and Europe.

Established 14 years ago, AppSec Consulting has a strong reputation in the US cybersecurity sector, servicing a wide range of clients across the country. The business was initially focused on web application security, penetration testing, and developer training and has since successfully diversified into providing strategic cybersecurity, data privacy, and a range of governance, risk and compliance advisory services.

Howard Kerr, Chief Executive at BSI, says: “This acquisition is reflective of our key strategic aim to expand our cybersecurity and information resilience offering, building a centre of excellence for organizations globally. AppSec Consulting is one of the most professional companies to emerge in the last 20 years. Their services perfectly complement those offered by the BSI Cybersecurity and Information Resilience teams in the UK and Ireland, which together with their reputation for excellence in client service, makes this a perfect match.”

Brian Bertacini, President at AppSec Consulting, says: “Merging with BSI is the natural next step for AppSec Consulting, providing huge opportunity for both our clients and employees alike. We are delighted to benefit from BSI’s global reach and broader range of services, which – when combined with our proven cybersecurity expertise – will allow us to further expand and flourish.”

There is a significant global demand for consultancy in the effective management and security of corporate information.  The acquisition of AppSec Consulting will support BSI’s expansion of its Professional Services activities in parallel with its existing Knowledge, Assurance and Regulatory Services businesses in the US. 

Kerr concluded: “This sector will only grow further, as organizations continue to bolster their cyber defences and recognize the opportunities that true resilience can unlock. With AppSec Consulting joining our team, we can offer the full spectrum of information resilience services to mitigate against cyber threats and support robust business growth.”

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. 

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