Cybersecurity consultancy Crypsis adds directors in New York and Austin

01 March 2019

McLean, VA–based The Crypsis Group has hired two forensics experts to bolster its consulting capabilities. Billy Evans Jr. joins the firm’s Austin office as a director, while Stephen Ramey joins the New York office, also as a director.

Founded in 2015, Crypsis provides public and private sector clients with incident response, risk management, and digital forensics services. The firm’s incident response offering helps clients identify how attackers got in, eliminate the threat, and determine breach severity. The firm also helps companies effectively handle ransomware and crypto-extortion threats.

In the risk management service line, Crypsis helps clients strengthen their security operations and programs, covering areas like cybersecurity planning and cloud architecture review, as well as GDPR compliance.

Finally, the firm’s digital investigations service line delivers forensics, analysis, recovery, and reporting from digital sources. Services include expert witness advisory to support clients with digital evidence in courtrooms, as well as internal investigations into, for example, malicious employee activities like data leaking and embezzlement.

In addition to its DC-area headquarters, Crypsis also has locations in Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin, and New York.

Cybersecurity consultancy Crypsis adds directors in New York and Austin

With the threat of cyberattacks increasing as digitalization continues to expand into ever more aspects of commerce and personal life, demand for cybersecurity services is likewise rising. It’s a good gig to be in, unlike, say, print journalism or department store retail.

Growing demand has, as such, led Crypsis to expand its New York and Austin offices with two new director-level talent hires.

Billy Evans Jr., an expert in computer forensics and digital evidence analysis, will join the Austin office. A certified Department of Defense Cyber Crime Investigator, Evans has over fifteen years of experience in managing and conducting cyber incident response, cyber counterintelligence, investigations, and security projects.

He was previously a director of global cyber risk services at consultancy Alvarez & Marsal for over two years. While there, he led global teams that helped Fortune 500 firms ensure cyber readiness and regulatory compliance.

Before that, he spent seven years at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations as a leader of Cyber Flight, a multiagency task force that includes the FBI and NSA. In the role, he oversaw 60 cyber professionals, neutralized numerous cyberattacks, and orchestrated incident response to insider threats.

Prior to that, Evans spent two years as a senior security analyst in the computer forensics lab of financial services company USAA, managing digital forensics, litigation support, incident response, and e-discovery. Before USAA, he spent another ten years at the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, first as a special agent and cyber team lead, and then as a cyber operations & investigations manager.

Meanwhile, Stephen Ramey joins the New York office, where he will lead investigations and support clients dealing with information security events. Ramey has over a decade of experience helping clients protect against, respond to, and investigate cyberattacks.

Ramey was previously EY’s global digital forensics and incident response coordination leader for just under a year. Before that, he spent over a year as a partner at AI consulting firm Vista Analytics, where he built the company’s digital forensics practice. Prior to Vista, Ramey spent three years as a director at management consultancy Navigant, where he led the firm’s East Coast digital forensics and incident response team.

He also spent over a year as a manager at Big Four accounting and consulting firm PwC, where he led a team of forensic analysts in investigating a suspected nation state–sponsored breach of a client’s network. Ramey started his career at Deloitte, where he spent over seven years and worked on issues related to mobile device forensics.

Commenting on the talent acquisitions, Crypsis CEO Bret Padres said, “The addition of these highly acclaimed specialists to help lead our Austin and New York offices is further evidence of The Crypsis Group’s determination to respond to the growing need for cyber security expertise by building the most qualified and accomplished team anywhere – and to strengthen our presence from coast to coast.”

Related: US businesses turning to consulting firms amid cybersecurity fears


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