Cyber Risk Management is a leading
provider of end-to-end data risk management services. CRM offers cyberse-curity, data privacy, data analytics, and
audit consulting services, as well as
advanced technical training. Based in
Tampa, Fla., CRM is the parent company of Sunera; ANRC and APTEC.
Consulting caught up with Yong-Gon
Chon, CEO of Cyber Risk Management, to discuss the firm’s success.
Consulting: What were the main
factors that contributed to your
firm’s exceptional growth?
Chon: Without question, our people
are the biggest factor contributing to
our firm’s exceptional growth. We
help businesses of all types and sizes
understand and manage cyber risk,
and you fundamentally cannot coun-
sel in this area unless you have pro-
fessionals with combined expertise
in technology, risk, regulatory and
other issues—as well as a thorough
understanding of clients’ specific
businesses and objectives. We are ex-
tremely proud of the remarkable team
of skilled professionals we have built
organically and through acquisitions.
Consulting: How is this year
shaping up for your firm?
Chon: This year is shaping up to
be our best year yet. Looking at our
revenue streams, client relations,
breadth of services and top talent,
it’s no surprise that we are surpassing
goals for 2016. As a privately held
company, we do not publish breakout financials; however we are well
ahead of our projections. We have
big plans as an organization coming
up and look forward to sharing that
growth with the industry in 2017.
Consulting: What’s your
firm’s outlook for 2017?
Where do you see the most
Chon: If I was to sum it up in one
word, I’d say our outlook for 2017
is unparalleled. We are growing at
an exponential rate and the need
for cyber risk assessments, analytics and ongoing consulting is only
growing. In an industry that continues to change daily and evolve with
more sophisticated threats, we are in
a great position to continue advising
and further strengthening our clients’
security postures. While there are
a number of specific business catalysts we see continuing into 2017,
two in particular jump out as being
rich with opportunity: Third-party
cyber risk and cross-border issues—
states and countries.
Consulting: What would you
say are your firm’s biggest
challenges in 2017?
Chon: Our biggest challenge will
be, and always has been, the ability to find enough talent to meet demand. We have grown exponentially
in the past few years, and we’re on
pace to accelerate that growth even
further in 2017. But we are also
quite selective about who we hire.
We are not in the business of hiring
certifications and resumes. We are
looking for people that have practical skills, drive, business acumen,
and the ability to speak our clients’
language. This rare breed is not always easy to come by.
Consulting: What does being
named one of Consulting’s
Fastest Growing Firms mean
to your firm, your employees
and your clients?
Chon: For Cyber Risk Management and our Sunera, APTEC and
ANRC subsidiaries, this recognition is gratifying and motivating
because it validates the spirit in
which we work and the goals we
set out for ourselves. It is an honor
to be recognized for the hard work
this team puts in with clients on a
HQ: TAMPA, FLA.