DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Zyston, a strategic information security advisory firm, today announced its official launch of operations. Led by some of the world’s most prominent names in security, including former Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of Fortune 250 corporations, the company provides tailored solutions that enable organizations across the globe to make informed, intelligent decisions related to the security of mission-critical assets. The Zyston team brings decades of experience designing, developing, implementing and executing successful information security programs that protect assets worth billions of dollars.

Zyston raised $3.7 million in Series A financing from a small group of highly professional and successful business and security executives. It is supported by an investor/advisory board including: Jeff Heller, Former Vice Chairman, EDS; Rodney Rice, Co-Founder & CEO, Waldo Photos Inc.; Greg Webb, Vice Chairman, Sabre; and Larry Felix, Managing Director, LRF-LLC. Additionally, the company has secured a number of client contracts with corporations including Fujitsu, Capgemini, Bridge2Solutions and Access Insurance.

“As more companies come to recognize the critical importance of establishing high-performing information security departments, having an expert team of advisors is essential to ensuring that dollars, technology and talent are aligned with business needs and effectively deployed to defend the organization,” said Craig Stamm, Zyston President and CEO. “Simply put, our team at Zyston provides clarity around complexity, equipping clients with the knowledge, skills and talent needed to confidently and effectively protect their organizations.”

Zyston CISO Advisory Services assist organizations in the design, development and ongoing execution of effective information security programs through the firm’s innovative approach – Know Thyself, Know Thy Enemy, Adapt & Overcome. Complementary offerings include Zyston M&A Information Security Due Diligence, which provides comprehensive review of an acquisition target’s information network in a compressed deal timeframe. This service brings value to both private equity firms and corporations in their acquisition diligence processes.

Zyston CISO Advisory Services is co-led by industry veterans Jonathan Steenland, former CISO at Fujitsu, and Richard Dorough, former Senior Managing Director of PwC’s Cyber Breach Response Practice and former Global CISO at Textron.

“Security is not a check-the-box exercise. It is an ongoing journey that requires a thoughtful roadmap and experienced guides to successfully navigate and withstand the dynamic, ever-evolving threat landscape,” said Steenland, Principal & Co-Lead, Zyston CISO Advisory Services. “Our clients trust Zyston’s business-focused approach to maintaining a laser-like focus on aligning security to tangible business needs while navigating a complex security ecosystem and cutting through the deafening chatter of vendors.”

Zyston’s Delivery Services arm, which is led by successful industry veterans with four decades of combined experience, supports clients by supplying the human capital expertise required to implement and execute strong and sustainable engagements. By delivering high-quality talent to organizations in need of experts, Zyston ensures clients have the full complement of technically-skilled team members needed to implement effective and sustainable information security programs.

Zyston is led by Stamm, an industry veteran with significant experience in emerging technology and security. Prior to Zyston, Stamm served as president of Authentix, an industry-leader in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting, where he spearheaded the company’s entry into the currency authentication business, providing security solutions to six of the world’s leading central banks. In 2008, he led the sale of the company to The Carlyle Group and J.H. Whitney. Stamm also served as CFO of CareerBuilder (formerly Headhunter.net / NASDAQ: HHNT), where he helped build the company into one of the nation’s leading internet human capital solutions providers. In 2001, he led the sale of the company to the Chicago Tribune and Knight Ridder.


Zyston is a strategic information security advisory firm that provides comprehensive services related to the design, development and ongoing execution of effective information security programs. Zyston CISO Advisory Services assist organizations in the execution and maintenance of effective information security programs. Zyston’s Delivery Services arm attracts, develops and retains the information security talent needed to implement effective and sustainable programs. For more information, visit zystonsecurity.com.


Allison Burum, 214-392-5545