Providing Cybersecurity Expertise for the Full Cyber Incident Life Cycle

Arete’s elite force of cybersecurity experts have decades of experience resolving some of the world’s largest, most highly publicized data breaches.

We have assembled the world’s leading Cybersecurity professionals to provide unique capabilities for the entire cyber incident life cycle, including:  Monitoring and Proactive Cybersecurity services, Incident Response (IR) readiness assessments and training to triage and cyber forensics, post-incident remediation, and testifying expertise. Engaging the Arete team gives your organization the confidence to prepare for, defend against, and respond to a data breach with access to leading cybersecurity professionals – anywhere in the world – within hours not days.

Data breaches are a matter of when, not if in today’s world. Having the right plan in place and the right, experienced team supporting your organization should a cyber incident occur is critical for continued operations and reduction of risk –- and how your organization reacts within the first 48 to 72 hours of a cyber incident are vital. Don’t waste those first, valuable hours trying to decide who to call. Arete offers the industry’s most comprehensive full lifecycle cybersecurity retainer. The Arete Retainer ensures you that when you are the victim of a malicious cyber-attack, you don’t have to worry about what to do next. Arete is your trusted partner. We will work with you and your team to make sure you recover quickly, economically, and with the lowest impact to operations as possible.

Our highly experienced incident responders are technology agnostic. We can and do employ all of the most widely used cyber tools on the market today. We start with the network security tools you are already using. This lets us act quickly in the critical early stages of an incident.

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Cybersecurity Assessment

Arete deploys the first automated cybersecurity assessment and reporting tools built to simultaneously determine an enterprise, or its vendor’s, cyber risk management capabilities measured against multiple international standards and applicable regulatory guidance. Arete’s cyber risk assessment methodology is anchored in the world’s leading security frameworks such as NIST, ISO, and Cobit-5. In addition, because most companies are subject to numerous regulations, our assessment integrates requirements for Financial Services, Health Care and Defense Contracting. We can quickly and easily extend our tools and methodologies to additional industries.

Security Engineering

Arete cybersecurity architects can analyze any company’s current cyber defense-in-depth framework – People, Process, Technology. Our architects identify and help close gaps, and report on how you compare to national and international standards from a compliance and engineering points of view. We can also provide recommendations on how to enhance your existing IT Roadmap to leverage existing corporate assets, combined with additional cost-effective technologies (if necessary), to enhance your defensive posture against cyber threats and dramatically reduce your enterprise attack surface.

Virtual CISO Services

Arete offers an outsourced (e.g. Virtual) CISO service for companies that need a comprehensive information security program, but lack the resources for a full-time, dedicated Chief Information Security Officer and security team. We provide you a customized team of experts with the world-class skills and decades of experience that only the largest companies can afford to find, hire, and retain. Our Virtual CISO Services empower companies to cost-effectively execute a continuously effective Information security strategy that meets their unique business and regulatory needs.

Penetration Testing

Penetration testing probes a computer system, network or web application to find vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit. It is a critical part of your information security strategy.

Arete uses real-world techniques and knowledge cultivated from years of experience to identify vulnerabilities that could result in a breach of your security. We explore the footprint, enumerate all attack vectors and attempt to penetrate your defenses. After, we give you tailored recommendations and reports to help you better defend your infrastructure against hackers and other malicious attackers. Arete adheres to ethical codes of conduct and will work diligently to help you maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of your information systems every step of the way.

  • Web Application Penetration Testing: Web application testing is an important part of your cybersecurity strategy. It focuses on application weaknesses, technical flaws, and/or vulnerabilities.
  • Network Infrastructure Penetration Testing: Network infrastructure penetration testing is a vital component of any comprehensive cybersecurity strategy. It should done at least annually or to validate major infrastructure changes, and it assesses which parts of your network infrastructure are vulnerable to unauthorized access, attacker pivot, and exploitation.

We Work to Prepare You for the Breach

Arete offers Incident Response Ad-hoc Services and Tiered Levels of Annual Incident Response Retainers and Proactive Advisory Services.

  • Onsite Kickoff Workshop
  • Incident Response Assessment
  • IR Training and Playbook Customization
  • 40 – 100 Annual Hours for IR or Proactive Services
  • Service Rate Discounts

Engaging the Arete team gives your organization the confidence to respond to a data breach with access to the world’s leading cybersecurity professionals – anywhere in the world – within hours not days.


Standard Delivery Services

Onsite Kickoff Workshop: Conduct an initial onsite planning workshop to gather information, review current incident response plan and process for making a declaration, discuss mock scenario of responding to an incident and exchanging incident data.

Preemptive and readiness activities: IR Program Assessment, IR Playbook customization and Table Top Exercises included in Tiers 2 & 3. All tiers can use retainer hours, to perform additional proactive services such as an active threat assessment to uncover existing hidden threats.

Semi-annual or annual security status reviews and reports: Ongoing inspections and threat review will be conducted throughout the subscription on a monthly basis. An assigned incident case manager/lead analyst will be available for incident related advice and assistance.

Emergency incident support: Arete stands by 24x7x365 to provide immediate response to an emergency situation. The emergency incident is reported via contacting the Arete hotline or the assigned case manager, who will provide the initial triage.