With impressive 188 percent
revenue growth, Coalfire Sys-
tems lands at No. 15 on our
Fastest Growing Firms list.
Dawe sat down with Consulting
to discuss the firm, its growth
and its future.
ees. As cybersecurity has become
a more board-level conversation,
Coalfire has tailored its risk ad-
visory services to provide clear,
actionable guidance on what
companies need to do to meet and
exceed their compliance needs.
Coalfire is the global technology
leader in cyber risk management
and compliance services for enterprises and government organizations. Coalfire’s professionals are
renowned for their technical expertise and unbiased assessments
and recommendations, says Suzanne Kernes Dawe, Senior Manager, Marketing Communications
for Coalfire Systems.
Consulting: How would you
describe your firm’s outlook
for 2016? Where do you see
the most opportunities?
ucation necessary for building a
robust plan. Additionally, with
the funding we received earlier
this year, Coalfire’s outlook for
2016 is positive, we see contin-
ued growth in both our work-
force and revenues. Consequent-
ly, Coalfire expects to double its
workforce by the end of 2016.
Consulting: How is 2015
shaping up for your firm?
“Coalfire’s approach builds
on successful, long-term relationships with clients to achieve
multiple compliance objectives
tied to a long-term strategy to
prevent security breaches and
data theft,” Dawe says. “
Coalfire remains a pioneer in cyber
risk management solutions.”
Dawe: 2015 is shaping up to
be as good—if not better—than
previous years. Earlier this year
Coalfire secured a significant
round of funding from the Carlyle Group and the Chertoff
Group which will help drive its
global expansion, with the hope
of doubling the company’s market share by 2017.
Consulting: What do you see
as the biggest challenges
for your firm in 2016?
Dawe: The biggest challenges
for Coalfire in 2016 will be to
keep up with the demands of the
markets we serve. Specifically,
attracting and retaining top talent. The cybersecurity industry
is rapidly growing, and the need
for quality talent will continue to
rise as more and more companies
escalate cyber-risk to the highest
levels of corporate governance.
Consulting: What were
the main factors that
contributed to your
Dawe: This growth is driven by
how seriously organizations are
now taking cybersecurity and our
ongoing focus on the successes of
our clients, partners and employ-
Dawe: The greatest opportunities for us are in cyber risk
advisory across a variety of industries, including healthcare,
financial services and education, among others. With more
companies now proactively
managing cybersecurity to address risks before they become
serious cyber events, there is a
great need for advisory services
and solutions to provide the ed-
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms
mean to your firm, your
employees and your clients?
Dawe: Coalfire Systems is
proud to be named to Consulting’s Fastest Growing Firms list.
This listing validates our recent
successes and current position as
one of the fastest growing cybersecurity companies.
Consulting® DECEMBER 2015
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